Chicken Chili Verde


Prepared salsa verde adds tang to this fast weeknight chili recipe and pairs beautifully with the rich caramelized chicken and creamy beans. Don't shy away from the poblano peppers. They offer a mild heat but deliver a depth of flavor you can't find in regular green bell peppers.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
9 cups


  • 2 (15 ounce) cans no-salt-added pinto beans, rinsed, divided

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces

  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion (1 medium)

  • 2 cups chopped poblano peppers (2 large)

  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)

  • 4 cups unsalted chicken stock

  • 1 ½ cups prepared salsa verde

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups frozen corn kernels (about 12 ounces)

  • 2 cups chopped spinach (about 2 ounces)

  • 1 ½ cups coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

  • 6 tablespoons sour cream


  1. Mash 1 cup beans in a small bowl with a whisk or potato masher.

  2. Heat oil in a large heavy pot over high heat. Add chicken; cook until browned, turning occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes. Add onion, poblanos and garlic. Cook until the onion is translucent and tender, 4 to 5 minutes.

  3. Add the remaining whole beans, the mashed beans, stock, salsa and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes. Stir in corn, spinach and cilantro. Cook until the spinach is wilted, about 1 minute. Serve topped with sour cream.


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

408 Calories
14g Fat
41g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1 1/2 cups
Calories 408
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 32g 63%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Vitamin A 1676IU 34%
Vitamin C 25mg 27%
Folate 59mcg 15%
Sodium 570mg 25%
Calcium 109mg 8%
Iron 4mg 21%
Magnesium 85mg 20%
Potassium 869mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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