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Fast Chicken Chili with Butternut Squash

Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 30 mins
Yield

Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic, divided
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced jalapeño pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans unsalted cannellini beans, rinsed, drained, and divided
  • 3 cups shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime rind

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add squash; sauté 8 minutes or until lightly browned on all sides. Remove squash from pan; set aside.

    Preparing Winter Squash
    Preparing Winter Squash
  2. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Add 5 teaspoons garlic, onion, and next 7 ingredients (through red pepper) to pan; sauté 6 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add stock; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.

  3. Place 1 cup beans in a small bowl; mash with a potato masher or a fork. Add mashed beans, remaining 1 cup beans, and reserved squash to pan. Cook 3 minutes. Stir in chicken; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

  4. Combine remaining 1 teaspoon garlic, cilantro, and lime rind in a small bowl. Top each serving with about 1 teaspoon cilantro mixture.