Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Butternut-Squash Chicken Chili


Fall is upon us and it's time for some great soups, stews, and chilis! This butternut-squash chicken chili has a kick for those wishing for a little spice, as well as a little sweetness from the butternut squash for the perfect combination of flavors! Put on a sweater and enjoy a nice hot bowl tonight!


- 2 Tbs olive oil, divided
- 2 cups, cubed peeled butternut squash
- 2 Tbs minced garlic
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1/2 chopped red pepper
- 1 Tbs minced jalapeno peppers
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 4 cups unsalted chicken stock
- 2 cups cannellini beans, rinsed, drained, and divided
- 1 lb. cubed cooked boneless skinless chicken breast
- 3 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro

Heat a large dutch oven or large sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and swirl to coat. Add squash and saut√© for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned on all sides. Remove squash from pan and set aside. 

Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan. Add the garlic and next 7 ingredients (through kosher salt) to pan; saut√© until vegetables are tender. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Place one cup of the cannellini beans in a small shallow bowl and mash with a potato masher or fork. Add mashed beans, remaining 1 cup beans, and reserved squash to pan. Cook 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in chicken and cook until heated through. Enjoy a bowl sprinkled with fresh cilantro! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower." 
- Albert Camus 

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