Hearty Chicken Chili with a Twist in a white bowl ready to serve with a side of cornbread
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5 from 7 votes

Hearty Chicken Chili with a Twist

Salsa Verde gives Hearty Chicken Chili with a Twist a wonderful depth of flavor and smoky fire-roasted tomatoes, black beans, and spicy tomatoes and green chilies make this one delicious, quick and easy recipe that your family will ask for time and time again.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert, Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy chili recipes, recipes for chicken chili
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 352kcal
Author: Sharon Rigsby


  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 pound chicken cooked and cubed, about 2 cups, you can use a rotisserie chicken
  • 16 oz jar salsa verde
  • 10 oz can diced tomatoes and green chilies with juice Rotel
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cans cans of fire-roasted diced tomatoes with juice 15 oz cans
  • 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
  • Optional garnishes: sour cream chopped avocado, grated sharp cheddar cheese, and tortilla chips.


  • In a large pan or dutch oven over medium heat, add the olive oil, chopped onion and chopped bell pepper. Saute, frequently stirring for about 5 minutes or until the onion and bell pepper have softened.
  • Add the chicken, ground cumin, and chili powder. Mix well.
  • Add the salsa verde, fire-roasted tomatoes, tomatoes and green chilies, chicken stock, and black beans and mix well.
  • Once this mixture starts to simmer, turn the heat down to low and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot! Optional, garnish with sour cream, grated cheese, chopped avocado and tortilla chips. Another option, squeeze a little fresh lime juice on the chili right before you serve it. Enjoy!
  • Leftovers should be covered and will keep several days in the refrigerator.


Frequently asked questions:
Can you freeze Chicken Chili? Yes, it freezes very well and should keep in the freezer for up to two months.
What is in White Chicken Chili? Usually, White Chicken Chili doesn't usually include chili powder and features white beans, sour cream and in some cases whipping cream.
How many calories are in Chicken Chili? For this recipe, the calorie count is 352 calories per serving. See below for the rest of the nutritional information.
What goes with Chicken Chili? I usually make a big pan of cornbread to serve with our chili.
Can I make Chicken Chili in my crock pot or slow cooker? Absolutely! Just sauté the onions and bell pepper in olive oil in a pan on the stove until they are tender and add them to your crock pot or slow cooker along with all of the other ingredients. Cook on low for 2-4 hours.


Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 479mg | Potassium: 1039mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1500IU | Vitamin C: 64.4mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 4.1mg