Chicken Chili

Butter Chicken is a relatively new culinary sensation from the Indian subcontinent where it is called “murgh makhani”. The dish gained popularity in the 1950s when Indian restaurateur Kundan Lal Gujral first served it at his famous restaurant Moti Mahal Delux in Delhi, India. I wonder what Mr. Gujral would think of the marriage of his authentic butter chicken recipe with the more common chili?

So I came up with this new version, Chicken Chili. Hope you will like it!

How to make Chicken Chili


  • Olive oil
  • Yellow onion
  • Jalapeño
  • Canned green chiles
  • Garlic
  • Chicken broth
  • Shredded cooked chicken
  • Cannellini beans
  • Lime juice


In a medium soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeño and cook, stirring, until the onion has softened, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is lightly browned on the outside and no longer pink on the inside (add more olive oil if the pot starts to dry out), 4 to 5 minutes.

Toss the minced garlic and spices into the pot and turn a few times to coat the chicken evenly. Add the corn, beans, and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, about 20 minutes.