Quinoa White Chicken Chili

quinoa-white-chicken-chili-800-9988A healthy and hearty 30 minute white chicken chili with beans and quinoa!

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 4


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground
  • 3 cups chicken broth or chicken stock
  • 1 cup salsa verde
  • 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 (15 ounce) can white beans
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (~1/2 lime)
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat, add the onion and jalapeno peppers and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cumin and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  3. Add the broth, salsa verde, chicken, beans, quinoa and oregano, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked and the quinoa is tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove the chicken, shred or dice, return to soup along with the lime juice and cilantro, season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
Slow Cooker: Optionally implement steps 1 & 2, place everything except the lime juice and cilantro in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-10 hours or on high for 3-4 hours before continuing on with step 4.
Option: Add 1 cup zucchini along with the chicken.
Option: Add 1 cup corn 5 minutes before taking off the heat.
Option: Replace the jalapeno peppers with poblano peppers or 1 4.5 ounce can of diced green chilies.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 397, Fat 8g (Saturated 1g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 66mg, Sodium 693mg, Carbs 44g (Fiber 8g, Sugars 3g), Protein 42g