Hearty Chicken Chili

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As the weather starts to cool down, there’s nothing quite like a steaming bowl of chili to warm your soul. This Chicken Chili recipe brings all the comfort of a classic chili, but with a lighter touch from tender chicken pieces.

It’s the perfect meal to cozy up with on a chilly evening, or to serve up during game night or a casual gathering with friends.

I’ve always been a fan of traditional beef chili, but I recently started exploring other protein options to add a little variety to my usual go-to meals. Chicken chili has quickly become one of my favorites – it’s packed with flavor, and I love the slightly lighter texture compared to beef chili.

Plus, it’s just as easy to make!

One of the things I love about this Chicken Chili recipe is how versatile it is. You can easily adapt it to your own taste preferences and dietary needs. If you prefer a milder flavor, simply reduce the amount of chili powder or replace it with smoked paprika.

If you’re looking to make it a bit healthier, try using ground chicken breast or even turkey instead of thighs. And, of course, you can always add in your favorite veggies or beans for an extra nutritional boost.

This Chicken Chili is sure to become a regular in your meal rotation – not only is it delicious, but it’s also a great make-ahead meal. Whip up a big batch, store it in the fridge or freezer, and you’ll have an easy dinner solution for those busy weeknights when you don’t feel like cooking.

Now, let’s talk about toppings! A good chili deserves some tasty toppings to elevate it to the next level. Some of my favorites include avocado, sour cream or Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.

Don’t be afraid to get creative and add your own personal touch.

Ready to dive into this mouthwatering Chicken Chili? Follow the recipe I’ve provided, and you’ll be well on your way to a delicious and satisfying meal. Trust me – once you’ve tasted this Chicken Chili, you’ll never look at chili the same way again.

So, gather your ingredients, put on your favorite apron, and let’s get cooking! Your taste buds will thank you for it, and your loved ones will be begging for seconds.

Hearty Chicken Chili

Course: Main CourseCuisine: American


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Make this Hearty and Flavorful Chicken Chili and enjoy a comforting meal that’ll warm you up from the inside out!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ pounds ground chicken thighs

  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes

  • 2 cans (15 oz each) white beans, drained and rinsed

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Optional toppings: avocado, sour cream or Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, lime wedges


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chopped onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in minced garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  • Add ground chicken thighs to the pot, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon. Cook until no longer pink, about 8 minutes.
  • Stir in diced tomatoes, white beans, chicken broth, ground cumin, and chili powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and let it cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Taste the chili and adjust the seasonings as needed.
  • Serve hot, garnished with your favorite toppings.


  • This chili can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.
  • Feel free to customize this recipe by adding your favorite veggies, using a different type of bean, or adjusting the spice level to your liking.

This Hearty and Flavorful Chicken Chili pairs well with warm cornbread, a fresh salad, or a bowl of rice. It’s perfect for cozy dinners, casual gatherings, or game nights. Make a big batch and enjoy the leftovers for easy meals throughout the week.

You’ll find yourself coming back to this delicious and satisfying recipe time and time again.

Jamie Anderson
Jamie Anderson
Hey there! I'm Jamie Anderson. Born and raised in the heart of New York City, I've always had this crazy love for food and the stories behind it. I like to share everything from those "Aha!" cooking moments to deeper dives into what's really happening in the food world. Whether you're here for a trip down culinary memory lane, some kitchen hacks, or just curious about your favorite eateries, I hope you find something delightful!

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