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White Bean Basil Chicken Chili

Cooking Matters

Serves 6, 1 1/2 cups per serving

A perfect dish for a chilly fall night!

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1 pound boneless chicken pieces
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 medium tomato
1 large lime
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 Tablespoon fresh basil
2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans great northern beans, no salt added
2 Tablespoons canola oil
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Optional Ingredients:
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes


Can opener
Cutting board
Large pot with lid
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Sharp knife
Small bowl


1. Remove any skin and excess fat from chicken pieces. Cut chicken in 1/2 inch cubes.
2. Rinse, peel, and finely chop onion. Peel and mince garlic.
3. Rinse tomato. Remove core and seeds. Chop.
4. Rinse lime. Cut in half. In a small bowl, squeeze juice from one half. Discard seeds.
5. Rinse and chop cilantro and basil.
6. In a colander, drain and rinse beans.
7. In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and garlic. Cook until onion is tender, about 5 minutes. If onion or garlic starts to brown, lower heat.
8. Add chicken, beans, broth, spices, tomato, lime juice, basil, and cilantro. Stir. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occassionally.
9. If using, top with red pepper flakes.


Use any canned beans you like in place of great northern beans. Serve over a bed of cooked greens like spinach, kale, or chard. Or, serve over brown rice.

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How to Select

Choose garlic that is plump, dry and firm. Fresh garlic should be white to off-white.

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How to Prepare

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