Chicken, Quinoa, and Black Bean Chili Verde

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1 tbsp Canola oil
1 Onion large, diced
3 cloves Garlic minced
1 tbsp Cumin ground
Kosher Salt to taste
1 (15-oz) can Black beans rinsed and drained
1 Rotisserie chicken shredded
1 (16-oz) jar Salsa verde
6 cups Chicken broth divided
1 cup Quinoa
For serving:
Sour cream to taste
Cilantro chopped, to taste

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Chicken, Quinoa, and Black Bean Chili Verde


The secret to this tangy and spicy Chicken, Quinoa, and Black Bean Chili Verde is the salsa verde that we all love! Served with cool sour cream, this one-pot chili makes a perfect hearty meal. Besides, this recipe is perfect for a midnight dinner as it is easy to make and will put a bowl of chili on your table in a half-hour.

Though the traditional version of chili verde calls for chunks of pork, this time I subbed shredded rotisserie chicken. And I think it is not only a smart way to use the leftovers, but this version is also lower in fat, while still offering plenty of protein. I also add quinoa to this chili. Because quinoa is high in protein and fiber, it is gluten-free and nutrient-rich, and I am always looking to add more healthy options to my family’s diet.

To make the Chicken, Quinoa, and Black Bean Chili Verde, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Chicken, Quinoa, and Black Bean Chili Verde

Steps to make Chicken, Quinoa, and Black Bean Chili Verde


Heat oil and cook onion and garlic


Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add 1 diced onion and 3 minced cloves garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes.


Add cumin and salt


Stir in 1 tablespoon ground cumin and kosher salt to taste.


Add beans, chicken, and salsa verde


Add in 1 (15-oz) can black beans, shredded chicken, and 1 (16-oz) jar salsa verde and stir.


Add broth and quinoa


Add 5 cups chicken broth and 1 cup quinoa, stir and bring to a boil.




Reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked, for about 20 minutes. Add remaining 1 cup chicken broth if the quinoa absorbs almost all the liquid.



Serve garnished with chopped cilantro and a dollop of sour cream.

This Chicken, Quinoa, and Black Bean Chili Verde is an easy and delicious recipe to get you inspired to cook at home. Give this recipe a try, and please let us know how it turns out for you.

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