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bowl of chicken chili with glass of beer alongside of it, chips crushed on top, as well as dollop of sour cream and green onions.

Easy Green Chile Chicken Soup

A stovetop green chili chicken soup with white beans and salsa verde and warm spices like chili powder and cumin! The beauty of this soup is it’s on the table in less than an hour, but tastes like you put a whole day of prep into it.
4.85 from 20 votes
Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :30 minutes
Total Time :45 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Amanda Paa

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 pound chicken thighs
  • 3/4 teaspoon Watkins Fine Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (12 -14 ounce) jar salsa verde
  • 1 *4 ounce) can mild green chiles
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 dried bay leaves
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • juice of one lime
  • garnishes: shredded cheese tortilla chips, sour cream, green onions

Instructions

  • Sprinkle salt over chicken thighs. Heat 1 tablespoon olive over medium high heat in a heavy stock pot, and add chicken thighs in individual layer. Sear on both sides 4-5 minutes to get a golden brown crust. Remove chicken thighs and set aside.
  • Turn heat down to medium and add diced onion + pinch of salt to chicken drippings in pot, and saute until translucent, about 7 minutes. Add smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, and oregano leaves. Stir and coat onion, and you will start to smell the spices become fragrant, cooking for 1-2 minutes. Add a tablespoon more olive oil, and stir in garlic, cooking for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add chicken back to pot, along with salsa verde, diced green chiles, chicken broth, and bay leaves. Stir, and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to a light simmer, and cover. Cook for 20 minutes.
  • Remove chicken thighs and shred using forks. Add back to pot, along with white beans, cook for 10 more minutes. Stir in fresh lime juice.
  • Remove bay leaves, and serve with shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and minced green onions.

Notes

This soup freezes well for up to 2 months.