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White-Bean Chili with Chicken

Not only is this white bean and chicken chili delicious served over rice with all the fixins' -- but it's also an unexpected and tasty burrito or quesadilla filling.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 1998


  • 2 dried pasilla chiles
  • 3 onions, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 3 canned green chiles, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground anise seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar
  • 2 cups homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock, skimmed of fat
  • 3 skinless and boneless whole chicken breasts
  • 3 cups canned great Northern or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Olive-oil, cooking spray


  1. Set a skillet over high heat. Add chiles; toast, turning once, until browned on both sides, 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; cover with 1/2 cup hot water. Let sit 10 minutes.

  2. Transfer the pasilla chiles and the liquid to a food processor. Puree 1 minute.

  3. Set a saucepan over medium-high heat. When hot, coat with cooking spray. Add the onions, garlic, green chiles, and bay leaf. Cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened and are slightly golden, about 10 minutes. Add the sugar, and cover. Cook until the vegetables are deeply golden, about 10 minutes.

  4. Add cinnamon, cumin, anise, coriander, and oregano. Cook, stirring occasionally, until spices begin to stick to pan, about 2 minutes. Add vinegar, and stir with a wooden spoon to dislodge any caramelized bits.

  5. Add stock; cover. Simmer 10 minutes. Add chicken; simmer until breasts have cooked through, about 12 minutes. Remove breasts; set aside until cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes. Continue simmering the stock.

  6. Shred chicken with fingers; return to pan. Add beans and salt; simmer 10 minutes. Serve.

Cook's Notes

To make burritos, spoon this chili into 8 whole-wheat or white tortillas.

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