Chipotle-Orange Chicken Chili

Chipotle-Orange Chicken Chili
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  • 4Servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 orange, zested and juiced (about 1/2 tsp. zest and 1/4 cup juice)
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 15 ounce can pinto beans, rinsed
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced


In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high. Add the shallot and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, 2 minutes. Add the chicken; season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until browned, 5 minutes. Add the orange zest, juice, chipotles and tomato paste and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 2 minutes.

Add the squash, pinto beans and 3 cups water; bring to a boil. Cover; reduce the heat to medium- low and simmer the chili until the squash is just tender, about 20 minutes.

Using the back of a spoon, smash some of the squash against the side of the pot and stir into the chili to thicken. Simmer until the flavors meld, about 5 minutes more. Season, divide among bowls and garnish with the scallions.