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Chicken Chili – $5 Dinner Challenge

Tonight’s recipe comes from Jennifer!  She has a great recipe for a soup that serves 12!  For only $8!!!

Chicken Chili

Yield – 12 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 40 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 can green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 boxes of chicken broth (or you can use your own stock)
  • 2 cans of great northern beans
  • 2 bone in chicken breasts boiled and shredded
  • 2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sour Cream, for garnish
  • Cilantro for garnish


  • Put oil in the bottom of soup pot.
  • Add onion. Cook until tender.
  • Add garlic and green chile. Cook for 1 minute. Stir so you don’t burn garlic!
  • Add cumin, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Cook for 1 minute. Stir so as not to burn the garlic.
  • Add chicken broth and beans.
  • Add shredded chicken and 1 cup of the monterey jack cheese.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Let simmer on the stove for about 30 minutes. Then enjoy!
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro and sour cream. Add a pinchful of the remaining cheese to each bowl.

Cost $8.00 for 12, or just $.75/serving

Fresh homemade baked bread, corn cobs or other favorite vegetable, as side dishes.

Jennifer is a homeschooling mother of two who has been married to her husband for 16 years. She loves to write, blog, cook, craft, and spend time with her family. She blogs at For Such A Time As This.