White Bean & Chicken Chili

The weather is finally warming, but the cold and flu is still making its last rounds — causing us to crave the comfort of warm soup. If you haven't yet, be sure to check out our article on Terpenes for Cold and Flu Season where we discuss the science behind why some of these ingredients can help you fight off a virus. Below is a quick reference of some of the highlight ingredients that make this soup so great for helping us stay healthy. 

When it comes to nutrition, chicken is a great source of:  

  • Zinc: supports the immune system by fighting bacteria and viruses and is used by our bodies to grow, heal wounds, and regulate taste and smell

  • Protein: used by the body to build muscles, bones, cartilage, skin, blood, tissues and more

Onions are a wonderful source of: 

  • Vitamin C: a powerful antioxidant that boosts the immune system; helps your body grow and promotes healing

  • Fiber: reduces inflammation, supports gut health and regularity, and can help prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer

And oregano is good for: 

  • Carvacrol: an antiviral terpene with expectorant properties, meaning that it helps calm coughs by thinning mucus and allowing it to drain from the lungs, soothing your respiratory system in the process


About the Recipe

After our research on the best terpenes and other natural remedies for cold and flu season, we have become more aware of how the recipes we've been making for years could help keep us healthy. This White Bean & Chicken Chili is a recipe passed along from a friend, and we've made slight alterations over time to tailor it to our unique preferences. The best thing about this recipe is how incredibly easy it is to make — and personalize!! 

  • 3 lbs cooked chicken, cubed

  • 1 c onion, sauteéd

  • 2 c chicken broth

  • 2 4oz cans green chili peppers (or 1 7oz can)

  • 4 14oz cans Great Northern Beans, undrained

    • We've found that the brand name of beans have less liquid, which we prefer to make our soup a thicker consistency

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder

  • 1 tbsp ground cumin

  • 1 tbsp dried oregano leaves

  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

  • 2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro

  • Mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheeses for topping

  1. Cook chicken and cube

  2. Sauteé onion

  3. Combine all ingredients in pot and simmer on medium-low heat for at least 60 minutes before serving

    • If you just can't wait, try simmering for 30 minutes

    • If you're making this soup in advance, feel free to let it simmer longer or use a crockpot!


Opportunities for Cannabinoid Infusion


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LEVO Oil Infusion Machine

If you're in a legal state or have access to hemp, you can also add available cannabis flower to your LEVO herb pod to infuse the butter in this recipe. To infuse cannabis flower with butter, set your LEVO to 165˚F for 2.5 hours.

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