Spicy Chicken Chili

Spicy Chicken Chili

A rich, tomato-based chicken chili with peppers, onions, and corn


6 servings


2 red or green bell peppers, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, cjopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups diced tomatoes (if canned, do not drain)
1 1/2 cups chicken broth or water
1 can ( 15.5 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups salsa (choose heat intensity to suit your tastes)
1 cup frozen or canned/cooked corn
4 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional (use only if you like hot chili!)
salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups cooked cubed chicken


1. Saute peppers, garlic, and onion in oil. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, beans, salsa, and corn. Season with chili powder, cumin, and peppers.

2. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 40 minutes, until chili is thicker. Add chicken; simmer 10 minutes longer, adding additional water if needed. Season with salt to taste.

Spicy Chicken Chili
Spicy Chicken Chili, served in a bread bowl
Preparation Time: 

15-20 minutes

Cooking Time: 

70 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This is a delicious, hearty chicken chili recipe. I've been making this soup for many years; it's a nice change from beef chili, and makes good use of leftover chicken, too. It's easy to make; I usually leave out the cayenne pepper, and use mild salsa. I also sometimes add a dried anaheim pepper during cooking for extra flavor. My rating: 9/10.


This came together in a flash because it contains almost everything I keep on hand. I did use a submersion blender to whirl the pepper,onion and other chunky veg's before I added the salsa and chicken so my one son wouldn't have a fit over the vegetables. He ate it without question. I know it's a little sneaky but I do what I have to do to get my boys to eat vegetables. I added some Monterrey Jack cheese and cheddar to the tops after I spooned them into the bread bowls and returned them to the oven a few extra minutes for it to melt. Just delicious!!


My Mom made this recipe for dinner last night, and it is soo good! The chicken chili I usually make is not tomato based, so this was new for us. :) It is very tasty...we like spicy food, so we used the cayenne and hot salsa. We'll definitely be enjoying the leftovers and making it again!


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