Looking for a warm, hearty meal that's easy to make and packed with nutrition? Chicken chili is your answer. Loved by home cooks, healthy eaters, and busy parents alike, this dish is perfect for any occasion.

chicken chili

Ingredients You’ll Need

Before we start, gather these ingredients:

  • Chicken:
  • 2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (leaner option)
  • Beans:
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • Vegetables:
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped (any color)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
  • 1 cup of corn (fresh or frozen)
  • Spices:
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Other:
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Prepare the Ingredients

  • Dice the onion and bell peppers.
  • Mince the garlic.
  • Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.

2. Cook the Chicken

  • In a large pot, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the chicken pieces and cook until browned on all sides, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside.

3. Sauté the Vegetables

  • In the same pot, add the diced onions and bell peppers. Sauté for about 5 minutes until they start to soften.
  • Add the minced garlic and sauté for another minute.

4. Combine Ingredients

  • Return the cooked chicken to the pot.
  • Add the black beans, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, and corn.
  • Pour in the chicken broth.

5. Season the Chili

  • Add the chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Stir well to combine all the ingredients.

6. Simmer

  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low.
  • Cover the pot and let it simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Tips for a Healthy Twist

  • Lean Chicken:
  • Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for a leaner option.
  • Extra Veggies:
  • Add more vegetables like zucchini, carrots, or spinach.
  • Low-Sodium:
  • Opt for low-sodium canned beans and broth to reduce salt intake.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve your chicken chili with:
  • Brown rice or quinoa for a balanced meal
  • Tortilla chips for a crunchy texture
  • A fresh green salad for added nutrients

Storage and Reheating

  • Storage:
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Reheating:
  • Reheat on the stove over medium heat until warmed through, or microwave for 2-3 minutes.


Now that you have the recipe, it's time to bring the warmth of chicken chili to your kitchen. This dish is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients, making it a perfect choice for a healthy, hearty meal. Give it a try and enjoy the comfort and flavor of homemade chicken chili. Happy cooking!

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