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We love our traditional chili con carne but sometimes it’s nice to change it up. Chicken, Bean, and Spinach Chili is a colorful and tasty way to give this winter comfort food a healthy twist.

Chicken, Bean, and Spinach Chili

Chicken breast is a great lower fat protein but sometimes it can get a little boring, a little bland if you will. Chili is a perfect wintry dish to add chicken to and will warm you on a cold damp evening. The longer you let it simmer the more the flavors meld together into a tasty hearty entree.

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And the spinach… it doesn’t even taste like spinach by the time dinner rolls around. However, if you worry about complaints from the non-cooking gallery, chop the spinach really fine, as if it was a fresh herb. No one will even know it’s spinach if you don’t tell them. And no, I don’t suggest lying. I’m all for honesty. I just don’t share information that hasn’t been requested.

Chicken, Bean, and Spinach Chili Cooking


Chicken, Bean, and Spinach Chili

  • Author: Heather McCurdy
  • Yield: 8 1x


  • 1.52 pounds/ 4 cups cooked chicken, finely chopped
  • 3 ounces/ 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 224 ounce cans crushed or blended tomatoes
  • 116 ounce can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 116 ounce can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, minced with/without seeds per preference
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Note: If using homemade beans, I use 1 cup each.


    1. Heat olive oil in large stock pot (6-8 quart)
    2. Add onion, jalapeño, and garlic. Sauté until soft.
    3. Stir in spinach.
    4. Add chicken and stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, cumin, salt, and cocoa powder.
    5. Mix in tomatoes and beans.
    6. Simmer over low heat for several hours or put in slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours.

    Easy Chili Recipe - Chicken, Bean, and Spinach Chili

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