White Chicken Chili with Thai Basil and Cilantro

White Chicken Chili with Thai Basil and Cilantro | 31Daily.com

White Chicken Chili with Thai Basil and Cilantro has long been a favorite of mine. I first tried a similar recipe years and years ago. And while I love traditional chili, this chili is somehow… extra special. 




I’m not sure where I acquired the original recipe, but over the years have paired down some of the ingredients and simplified it to this. It’s incredibly savory with flavors of fresh Thai basil and cilantro. By the way — if you can’t find Thai basil in your market, you can substitute regular basil. It’s not exactly the same — but works just fine.

White Chicken Chili with Thai Basil and Cilantro | 31Daily.com

This White Chicken Chili can be ready in under 30 minutes and makes an excellent candidate for weeknight meals, game day eats or weekend food. So simple to pull together.

In the recipe, I’ve noted some garnish ideas. I use all of them… every time!  And almost always serve with one of my husband’s favorites… Jalapeno Popper Corn Muffins.

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White Chicken Chili with Thai Basil and Cilantro

White Chicken Chili with Thai Basil and Cilantro | 31Daily.com

White Chicken Chili with Thai Basil and Cilantro has long been a favorite of mine. I first tried a similar recipe years and years ago. And while I love traditional chili, this chili is somehow… extra special. 

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 32 ounces Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed (2 15-oz cans)
  • 4 cups chicken broth (homemade or 2 15-oz cans)
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 3 tablespoons salsa verde (green salsa)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Thai basil, chopped (if you can’t find Thai basil, substitute regular basil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Garnish Ideas

  • chopped scallions
  • shredded cheese
  • fresh cilantro
  • sour cream
  • salsa verde
  • lime wedges

Instructions

Heat a 4-quart pot over medium heat and add olive oil. Sautee the onion and garlic until the onion is tender.

Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the chili has thickened. Ladle into bowls, garnish, and serve warm.



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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her husband and teenage son.

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