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Green Chicken Chili

Servings 8


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced or pressed
  • 1/2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 4 oz cans green chili
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans cannellini beans drained (separated)
  • 2 # chicken tenders or breasts
  • 1 cup salsa verde 1/2 a jar
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice about the juice of 1 lime

Optional Toppings:

  • avocado
  • brown rice
  • cilantro
  • greek yogurt or sour cream
  • limes
  • radishes
  • tortilla chips


  • In a pressure cooker (see 'Other Thoughts' below for how-to modify to stove top or crockpot), set to saute. Add oil. Heat. Add onions, jalapenos, and garlic. Saute until softened.
  • Add cumin and coriander. Saute until fragrant. Add green chili's and continue to saute until the extra liquid is cooked off.
  • Meanwhile in a blender or food processor, puree one can of drained beans with 1 cup of chicken broth.
  • Add the pureed beans and broth to the pressure cooker. Also add the remaining broth, chicken, and salsa verde.
  • Close pressure cooker. Cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. Use quick release.
  • Remove the chicken with tongs and shred. Add chicken back to soup. Add remaining can of drained beans and lime juice.
  • Top with desired toppings and enjoy.


Athletes: Serve this chicken chili over brown rice. This is how we ate it, and it is absolutely incredible. This way, you're getting your dose of healthy carbohydrates to round out your meal and support your tough training.
Healthy Eating: Jazz this up however you want to meet your nutritional needs. This soup is high in protein, fiber, and antioxidants. Eat it as is or add some healthy carbohydrates - brown rice. Or some healthy fats - avocado. It's totally customizable to your needs.
Kids: The more tortilla chips, the higher your chances of success. I kid. But, allow your kids to decide what they want to top their soup with and they're more likely to engage and try something new. For little ones, drain a little of the broth off to help with food to mouth success.
Other Thoughts:
  • If you don't have a pressure cooker, make on the stove top. Following the directions until #5. Once you add the chicken, cover and bring to a simmer and cook for 30-40 minutes. Then, follow the remaining instructions.
  • If you want to use a crockpot, ignore the saute instructions and add all ingredients through step #5 to your crock pot. Cook for 4-6 hours on low. Then, follow the remaining instructions.
  • If you want to make this vegan, omit the chicken. And, use vegetable stock instead. It will still be delish! Throw in an extra can of beans for more protein at the end.