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Quick Chicken Chili

Scott Phillips

Servings: 6 to 8

Need to save some time? Store-bought rotisserie chicken makes this tasty chili come together fast (perfect for busy weeknights). You can also substitute leftover roasted chicken if you have it.


  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into medium dice
  • 2 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 3-1/2- to 4-lb. store-bought rotisserie chicken, meat removed and chopped
  • 1 jar or can (about 4 oz.) diced mild green chiles, drained
  • 1 quart lower-salt chicken broth
  • Two 15.5-oz. cans white beans, drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn

Nutritional Information

      Nutritional Sample Size based on eight servings
      Calories (kcal) : 590
      Fat Calories (kcal): 180
      Fat (g): 20
      Saturated Fat (g): 5
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 5
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7
      Cholesterol (mg): 175
      Sodium (mg): 270
      Carbohydrates (g): 32
      Fiber (g): 7
      Protein (g): 69


  • Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the cumin, oregano, and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute longer. Stir in the chicken and chiles and then add the broth and 1 can of beans. Bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, partially covered and stirring occasionally, until the flavors blend, about 20 minutes.

    Meanwhile, purée the remaining can of beans in a food processor. Stir the puréed beans into the chicken mixture along with the corn. Continue to simmer to blend the flavors, about 5 minutes longer. Ladle into bowls and serve.

Serve the chili with any combination of the following: tortilla or corn chips, shredded sharp cheese, thinly sliced scallions, cilantro leaves, sliced pickled jalapeño chiles, red or green hot sauce, sour cream, guacamolered or green salsa, and lime wedges.


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  • ENS | 05/24/2015

    I agree with other posters, this is very good for how little work it is. The spicing is spot-on. I didn't want a soupy chili so I omitted the chicken broth but included the liquids from the chilis and the beans, and it was perfect -- you could eat it with either a fork or a spoon. Also, I didn't bother pureeing the beans, just mashed some of them in the can with a fork.

  • bluefreckle21 | 10/07/2014

    Great recipe! I added Cholula hot sauce, queso fresco, and served this over rice.

  • KittyMommy | 04/05/2014

    Making this now and can already tell it will be a big hit tonight with friends watching b-ball. I'm happy with amount of cumin because I love the flavor. Used 2-12 oz cans of white meat chicken as that's what was on hand. And I didn't drain or blenderize the beans, just mashed with a fork (used great northerns and it worked fine); yes, could throw in a third can, maybe next time. Might add can of Rotel next time, too, just for interest. :)

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