Chicken Chili Verde

"A vibrant chili with 3 types of peppers. Especially good with heirloom beans cooked from dry (Cannellini, Flor de Durazno, Ayocote Blanco). Can be a little spicy depending on your peppers, so decrease the jalapeños if your family likes a milder chili. This can also be made with chicken thighs, but you will need to cook the chicken 20 minutes longer until the thighs reach 175°. Serve with tortilla chips, lime wedges, and sour cream. Adapted from Cooks Illustrated's white chicken chili."
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  • Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add chicken, skin side down, and cook without moving until skin is golden brown, about 4 minutes. Turn chicken and lightly brown on other sides, about 2 minutes each. Transfer chicken to plate; remove and discard skin.
  • While chicken is browning, in food processor, process half of poblano chiles, Anaheim chiles, and onions until consistency of chunky salsa, ten 1-second pulses, scraping down sides of workbowl halfway through. Transfer mixture to medium bowl. Repeat with remaining poblano chiles, Anaheim chiles, and onions; combine with first batch (do not wash food processor blade or workbowl).
  • Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from Dutch oven (adding additional vegetable oil if necessary) and reduce heat to medium. Add 2/3 minced jalapeños, chile-onion mixture, garlic, cumin, coriander, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables soften, about 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat.
  • Transfer 1 cup cooked vegetable mixture to now-empty food processor workbowl. Add 1 cup beans and 1 cup broth and process until smooth, about 20 seconds. Add vegetable-bean mixture, remaining 2 cups broth, and chicken breasts to Dutch oven and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until chicken registers 160 degrees, about 20 minutes.
  • Transfer chicken to large plate. Stir in remaining beans and continue to simmer, uncovered, until beans are heated through and chili has thickened slightly, about 10 minutes.
  • When cool enough to handle, shred chicken into bite-sized pieces, discarding bones. Stir shredded chicken, lime juice, cilantro, scallions, and remaining minced jalapeño into chili and return to simmer. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper and serve.

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