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Chicken Chili with Pesto

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"Here's a spicy white chili with the added flavor dimension of classic basil and parmesan cheese."
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servings 293 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. To Make Pesto: With a food processor, pulse the nuts and garlic until minced. Add the oil and pulse until just blended. Add the basil, cheese, and salt, process until it is finely minced. Store in an airtight container.
  2. To Make Chili: Heat the Melt in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and chicken and saute 5 minutes. Add carrot, pepper and celery, saute 4 minutes. Add chiles and next 6 ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the Classic Pesto before serving.


  • *Note: This recipe uses 3 tablespoons of the pesto. Refrigerate the remainder topped with a thin layer of olive oil in an airtight container.
  • (Cooking Light 2003)

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 293 calories; 13.7 g fat; 19.6 g carbohydrates; 22.7 g protein; 47 mg cholesterol; 879 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Pretty good. Needed to cook longer. Veggies were still a bit too hard for a chili texture