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Chicken Chili Recipes

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Using chicken in chili recipes can provide a low fat, healthy, and delicious alternative to beef. This page contains recipes for chicken chili.


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I submitted this because so many people like black beans and Mexican flavors. I have not made it and most likely will not because of the chiles and some of the other ingredients (allergic). But I hope some of you will enjoy it.


  • 1/2 cup olive oil (or vegetable oil) divided
  • 1 - 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 cups diced yellow onions
  • 1 cup seeded, diced poblano chiles
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3 - canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 1 - 14.5 oz.can black beans
  • 1 - 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 2 ears corn, kernels cut from the cobs
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, and diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 jalapeno chiles, seeded and minced
  • 1- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Mexican cotija cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated mixed cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses


Heat 1/4 cup of the oil in a heavy-bottomed, 8-quart pot over medium heat.

Add the chicken, chili powder, and cumin seeds and saute until the chicken is cooked through, 4-6 minutes.


Transfer the meat to a bowl and set aside.

Return the pot to the heat, add the remaining 1/4 cup of oil, and cook the yellow onions, poblanos, bell pepper, chipotles, and garlic, stirring frequently, until the onions start to brown.

Stir in the beans with their liquid, tomatoes, and corn and return the cooked chicken with all its juices. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, stirring every 5 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and tender, about 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

In a large bowl, combine the avocado, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime, jalapenos, and salt. Set aside.

To serve, ladle the chili into bowls and top with the salsa and the cheeses.

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By Vi Johnson from Moorpark, CA

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This recipe is really good, especially on cold days.


  • 1 (large) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper, cut in small pieces
  • 1 can red kidney beans, rinse well
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  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 small onion
  • pinch salt
  • little pepper
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 3 celery stalks, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. basil
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • handful of cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)
  • sour cream (optional)


In large pot over low-medium heat, heat 1 tsp. oil and add celery and pepper. Cook until softened, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile heat 1 tsp. oil in frying pan over medium heat and add chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until it is not pink, about 15 minutes. Then set aside.

Add diced tomatoes, kidney beans, cayenne pepper, basil, garlic powder, and cumin to your pot and cook for 5 minutes. Shred chicken, add to pot and cook for 20 to 30 minutes.

Serve with sour cream or cheese.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cooking Time: 45 Minutes

By coville123

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Cut chicken in bite-size pieces. Brown chicken in a saucepan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Add remaining ingredients.

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Put all of the ingredients except the cheese in a crockpot sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cook covered on high for 4 hours or you can cook it on low for 6-8 hours.


Just before serving, add the cheese to the crockpot and stir until it is melted. Serve.

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September 21, 2006

Recipe for Chipotle Chili Chicken. Combine water, mayo, salsa, juice and cumin into a bowl. Heat oil in skillet, cook chicken until no longer pink. Stir in garlic, then mayo mixture into skillet. Simmer for 2 mins. . .

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This is a quick meal you can make for lunch or dinner, especially if you are on a time crunch. Also great option to make if you have chicken leftovers.

Quick Chicken Chili

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First of all this recipe does not have to be followed to the letter but should be done to taste, just don't screw it up.

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This is a favorite at my house, even my 4 year old loves it.

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May 17, 2017

Bell peppers, onions, green chilies, salsa verde, chicken, and white pinto beans combine with spices to create this delicious chicken chili dish. Mix in some sour cream or plain yogurt before serving and sit down for a hearty meal. This page contains a green chili chicken chili recipe.

Green Chili Chicken - bowl of green chile chicken chili

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June 15, 2010


  • 1 chicken
  • pinch salt
  • 2 cans black beans, with juice
  • 2 cans garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 can red kidney beans, with juice
  • 2-3 cans crushed tomatoes - extra puree'
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  • onions, chopped, to your taste
  • 1 tsp. Accent
  • 1/2 tsp. cajun seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar


Boil the chicken with a little salt. When the chicken is cooked, remove the skin and shred, save the broth. Combine the rest of the ingredients. Add enough chicken broth to make the chili consistency the way you like it, depending on how thick you like your chili. Simmer on the stove on low heat. This can also be placed in a crock pot for several hours.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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August 17, 2009

For those who can't eat red meat, try this.


  • 1 cup raw cracked wheat (bulgur)
  • 1 cup of tomato juice
  • 2 Tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
  • 3 carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can of Italian plum tomatoes, with their juices (14 ounces)
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  • 2 cups cooked pinto beans
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/3 cup chili powder, mild and or hot to taste
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer
  • Salt


In a small saucepan, heat tomato juice over medium heat until it boils. Remove from heat and add cracked wheat. Cover and let stand 15 minutes.

In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add celery, carrots, and tomatoes, mashing them with the back of a spoon, with their juices. Cover and cook until celery and carrots are almost tender, about 20 minutes.

Add pinto beans, cracked wheat, chicken, green chilies, chili powder, cumin, oregano, black pepper, and beer. Simmer partly covered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep cracked wheat from sticking. Season with salt to taste.

Good tasting.

Source: Cheryl

By Raymonde from North Bay, Ontario

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