Fast Chicken Chili Soup

by Kelli H. on November 11, 2012

I’ve made several recipes like this one in the past. The reason is because they are just so darn easy and delicious. This is one of those one pot meals you make when you get home from work, go on a 3 mile run, and then realize you’re starving to death and need food stat type of dinners, you know those, right?

I made this dish after one of the above mentioned nights. I’d say it came together in a total of 25 minutes from start to finish. I’d like to say it took 20 minutes, but dang, cutting chicken into little pieces always takes me longer than I expect.

David and I both devoured our bowls, and then had the leftovers for lunch. That’s how we do it here. That’s what you’ve gotta go when a recipe could probably serve six and we’re just two people. Anyway, make this soup on a cold fall or winter night. It’ll warm you right up. Nice heat from the soup itself, but also from the perfect amount of spice.

Fast Chicken Chili Soup
Adapted from Cooking Light September 2012

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound skinless boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon corriander
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 (15 oz) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup water
2 (4 oz) cans chopped green chiles
2 cups chicken broth
Garnishes: cilantro, lime wedges, sour cream/greek yogurt, hot sauce, tortilla chips

1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add oil. Sprinkle chicken with salt and add to the pot. Saute for about 3 minutes. Add in the onion and saute for another 3-5 minutes or until soft. Stir in garlic and saute for 1 minute. Stir in cumin, coriander, oregano, red pepper, and salt. Add in cannellini beans, leaving out about 1 cup. Add 1 can green chiles, water, and broth; bring to a boil.

2. In a small bowl; mash together 1 cup cannellini beans and 1 can green chiles. Add to the soup and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve with suggested garnishments.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacie @ Snaps and Bits November 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm

That looks like such a good chili variation!


Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers November 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Mmmm, sounds like a winner to me – especially because it’s finally getting cold here in NC.


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