White Bean and Chicken Chili

Makes 6 servings
This is a delicious alternative to your "typical" chili recipe!

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1. If using boneless, skinless chicken, cook chicken in 1 T of oil.

2. Add 2 tablespoons oil to large pot and cook onion, garlic, jalapeno pepper, oregano and cumin, 7 to 8 minutes or until soft.

3. Add cooked chicken or the drained, rinsed chicken, 1 can white kidney beans and chicken broth.

4. In a separate bowl, mash 1 can of beans with a fork or a potato masher. Add mashed beans to pot and stir well to combine.

5. Cover and cook on low heat for 30-35 minutes. Add spinach and cook for another 5-10 minutes.

6. If desired, garnish with cilantro and cheese.



3 T olive oil, divided

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 1 ~9 oz canned chicken

1 medium onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 t dried oregano

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 15-ounce cans white kidney beans, drained, and rinsed under cold water

3 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded & chopped

10 ounces fresh or frozen spinach

½ cup minced cilantro leaves, (optional)

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese


Measuring spoons, liquid measuring cup, strainer, fork or potato masher, large pot or skillet, mixing spoon

More About Onions

How to Select

Look for firm onions, with no soft spots, damp or moldy patches. Choose from the following, according to your recipe: White onion: medium to large in shape, with a white papery skin and evenly white flesh. They have a strong flavor and are good for stuffing or baking; only use raw in salads if you want an assertive onion flavor. Yellow/brown onion: a good all-purpose onion, with a light golden skin and yellow flesh. Spanish onion: has a similarly colored skin to a yellow/brown onion, but is usually bigger, as well as sweeter and milder - good for omelettes, salsas and stir-fries. Red onion: varies in size, but has a distinctive red/purple skin, and the edge of each of its white rings is tinged with red. The flavor is mild and quite sweet. Good for salads, marinades, salsas and roasts.

How to Store

Depending on their condition when purchased, dry onions will keep for several months. Store them in a cool, dry place (not the fridge as they will go soft). Once cut, wrap them up in the fridge and use within two or three days. Spring onions can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.

How to Prepare

First slice off the top of the onion (leave the root on for the moment), then remove the papery skin and any brown outer layers. To chop the onion, cut in half from top to bottom. Put the cut side down and make a number of horizontal cuts towards, but not quite reaching, the root. Then make as many vertical cuts through the onion, again not quite reaching the root. Holding the onion very firmly and with the knife blade at right angles to the first set of cuts that you made, slice down vertically - the onion will fall away in small pieces as you go. Continue cutting until you reach the root, which you can now discard. To slice, trim the root off, then cut in slices moving from the root end towards the top. Leave as slices or separate each one out into rings. All onions are best prepared just before you use them.