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Summer White Chicken Chili Verde

This Summer White Chicken Chili Verde is chock full of protein, summer vegetables and flavor. Delicious for a nutritious meal any time of the year!

Can also be made in the slow cooker – see recipe instructions!

bowl of white chicken chili with array of toppings

This Summer White Chicken Chili Verde recipe was originally shared with you in June 2014. I’ve updated it with new photos, nutrition information and slow cooker instructions. It’s one I love making – leftovers make for quick healthy lunches. Enjoy!

Soup in the summer? Why yes, of course. I’m all in for soup for any time of the year, especially when it’s full of seasonal veggies like this white chicken chili verde recipe I made last week.

bowl of white chicken chili verde topped with cilantro, green onions, and Greek yogurt on a placemat with a spoon on the side

I have always found it best to have soup made and ready to eat in the fridge. It is truly one of my weekly go to meals especially when the late afternoons and evenings are busy with sports and activities or you’re just feeling lazy at dinnertime. It’s fairly easy to put together, though not necessarily quick – and it’s as healthy and chock full of nutrition and goodness as you want it to be. I like to think of soup as a good friend who is always there for you. 🙂

How do you make white chicken chili?

  1. In a large soup pot, heat your olive oil over medium heat. Add your onion and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Add your peppers and zucchini and cook for an additional 5 minutes until all the vegetables start to soften and are fragrant. Add cumin, oregano, salt and pepper to vegetable mixture and stir.
  2. At this time add your beans, broth, salsa and whole chicken breasts. Cover pot and bring to a slow boil. Let simmer for 30-45 minutes until chicken is cooked through (take a fork and pull apart to check).
  3. Once chicken is cooked through, pull out onto a plate or cutting board and carefully shred into small pieces using two forks. Add shredded chicken back into the soup pot and cook uncovered for another 10-15 minutes. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust.
  4. Serve with lime, fresh cilantro, cheese or Greek yogurt as toppings.

2 cans of Bush's great northern beans, 1 onion, 3 zucchini, 3 cubabelle peppers, carton of Pacific chicken broth, and Mrs. Renfro's green salsa on a green cutting board

There is a great local produce market that I absolutely love to visit. I always leave there with way more fruits and veggies than I need, or can possibly cook in a week. I guess you can say this soup was inspired by a desperate attempt to clear out the produce drawer before anything went to waste. In the picture above you see some beautiful cubanelle peppers (that I can never ever resist) and a variation of zucchini I can only find at this produce market in the spring and summer.

If you don’t have either of these types of peppers or zucchini just substitute another kind of green pepper (poblano or bell would be great) or zucchini. Cubanelles typically have no heat and they have a light mild flavor so they are fun to cook with when you can find them (my grocery store tends to have them year round, I’m not sure if that’s a regional thing or not).

close up of bowl of white chicken chili verde topped with cilantro, green onions, and Greek yogurt

How do you make white chicken chili in slow cooker?

This white chicken chili recipe is easy to make in the crock pot or slow cooker.

Reduce chicken broth amount to 3 cups and eliminate 1 cup water. Add ingredients to slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours. Cook uncovered for about 30 minutes to thicken up (optional).

More favorite summer soups from my kitchen:

Summer Vegetable Soup with Pesto

Gazpacho

Sausage and Summer Vegetable Soup

Summer soups from my friends:

Zucchini and Yellow Squash Soup with Rosemary and Parmesan | Kalyn’s Kitchen

Chilled Cucumber Soup | It’s Yummi

Smoky Sweet Corn Soup | Nutmeg Nanny

bowl of white chicken chili verde topped with cilantro, green onions, and Greek yogurt on a placemat

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Summer White Chicken Chili Verde

  • Author: Aggies Kitchen
  • Yield: 8 servings, about 1 cup each 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Stovetop

This Summer White Chicken Chili Verde is chock full of protein, summer vegetables and flavor. Delicious for a nutritious meal any time of the year!


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cubabelle peppers, diced
  • 3 zucchini, diced
  • 1 Vidalia onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1.5 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cans white beans, drained
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup green salsa
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon oregano
  • pinch coarse salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot, heat your olive oil over medium heat. Add your onion and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Add your peppers and zucchini and cook for an additional 5 minutes until all the vegetables start to soften and are fragrant. Add cumin, oregano, salt and pepper to vegetable mixture and stir.
  2. At this time add your beans, broth, salsa and whole chicken breasts. Cover pot and bring to a slow boil. Let simmer for 30-45 minutes until chicken is cooked through (take a fork and pull apart to check).
  3. Once chicken is cooked through, pull out onto a plate or cutting board and carefully shred into small pieces using two forks. Add shredded chicken back into the soup pot and cook uncovered for another 10-15 minutes. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust.
  4. Serve with lime, fresh cilantro, cheese or Greek yogurt as toppings.

Notes

Slow cooker instructions:  Reduce chicken broth amount to 3 cups and eliminate 1 cup water. Add ingredients to slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours. Cook uncovered for about 30 minutes to thicken up (optional).

I use this slow cooker and love it.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 270
  • Fat: 4g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 36g

Don’t forget to add the extras – cheese, Greek yogurt, lime and lots of cilantro always work for me!

bowl of white chicken chili verde topped with cilantro, shredded cheese, and Greek yogurt with a spoon sitting in the bowl

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19 comments on “Summer White Chicken Chili Verde”

  1. I love that you used kusa squash in this soup!!! We grew up eating it stuffed and it grows here in Michigan in July. I will be saving this recipe for next month for sure!

    • I honestly never knew that squash had a name until you mentioned it. We have it for months here!! I think it’s pretty 🙂 I remember you stuffing it, will have to try it!

  2. You know I’m SO with you on the soup all year!! And that produce is gorgeous. Delicious meal.

  3. Love that you added squash to this! It will be on my must make list this summer.

  4. I couldn’t agree more, Aggie! I was raised on soups all year round – they are cheap and healthy! I actually LOVE a bowl of homemade soup, with fresh herbs and a dollop of Greek yogurt on a hot summer day! The best! And I love that fresh produce you used.

  5. This is the 2nd recipe I saw today with that same green salsa. Now, I need to get some!

  6. I want this for dinner tonight!

  7. I am a crazy soup lady! I love it – regardless of how hot it is outside. That Mrs. Renfro’s jarred salsa is very good, isn’t it? I’m saving this one to try. Thanks, Aggie!

  8. Ooooh I think I need to put this on the menu for this week!

  9. Aggie, this is my jam! I agree with Rachel this needs to be on the dinner menu soon! XO Sheila

  10. My favorite soup! Your recipe looks perfect. Love the ‘Mexican’ squash.

  11. I love all the extras – yogurt, cheese, onions, and even crunched up chips! Looks great, Aggie!

  12. A nice soup. Thank you.

  13. Oh Aggie this chili looks and sounds divine. I too love soup year round even when it’s 102 out! 😉

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  15. This absolutely looks like a wow! I would love this for dinner any time of year.

    • thanks so much Kalyn! I think you would love it – especially when you get all your zucchini in this summer!

  16. Serving this with lime and ginger will also give some kick in the aroma. Saw something like this in one of the weddings that I covered. Thank you for sharing this recipe.