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Chicken-Chile Stew


Chiles add a Mexican flair to a chicken stew made even heartier with cannellini beans. Shredded chicken thighs and mashed cannellini pack protein in every bite.

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  • 10 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 3 1/2 pounds)
  • Coarse salt
  • Black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 teaspoons safflower oil
  • 3 poblano chiles, ribs and seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lightly packed fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 (15.5 ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • Lime wedges, for serving
  • Cilantro sprigs, for serving
  • Salsa fresca, for serving


Servings 12
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 70mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add half of chicken, skin-side down. Cook, turning once, until both sides are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining chicken.

Carefully remove and discard all but 2 tablespoons fat from pot; reduce heat to medium. Add chiles, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping browned bits from bottom of pot, until onion is softened and golden in spots, about 5 minutes.

Add oregano and chili powder. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Return chicken with accumulated juices to pot, along with broth and water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of thighs (without touching bone) registers 165°F., 8 to 10 minutes.

Transfer chicken to a plate; let stand until cool enough to handle.

Meanwhile, mash half of beans to a paste in a bowl with a potato masher. Stir mashed beans into pot with remaining whole beans.

Increase heat to medium and bring to a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, until liquid has thickened slightly, about 10 minutes.

Remove and discard chicken skins and bones. Pull meat into bite-size shreds and stir into stew. Simmer until heated through, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low to keep warm until ready to serve.

Serve with lime wedges, cilantro sprigs, and salsa fresca.

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