Ground Chicken Chili Recipe - (2024)

Ground Chicken Chili with juicy chicken, fire roasted tomatoes and hearty beans is the perfect bowl of comfort. It lasts for days, freezes well and is an easy hands-off dinner.

For a chicken chili without tomatoes try my insanely popular white chicken chili recipe or slow cooker white chicken chili.

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Healthy chili is one of my favorite dinners to cook! I got tired of the usual ground turkey chili and ventured out the ground chicken chili path. It was easy, full of fresh ingredients and my whole family “inhaled” it.

Chicken can be quite plain and boring but not this healthy chili with ground chicken. We add bold flavors with fire roasted tomatoes and diced green chilies, a hearty bite with meaty beans, and a lineup of crazy delicious toppings!

Who can resist?! Let’s make it!

Ingredients and Notes

At a first glance, this ground chicken chili recipe ingredients list might seem long but I assure you they all are very simple ingredients. It is mostly pantry staples and spices.

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  • Ground chicken: I used store-bought ground chicken breast. You can also grind it yourself in a food processor. Stay away from extra lean ground chicken at the grocery store as it is very dry and flavorless. You can also use ground turkey in a pinch.
  • Canned beans: One can of low sodium red kidney beans (I love to make Instant Pot kidney beans) and one can of white kidney beans. Truly you can use any type and color of beans like pinto beans, black beans (love Instant Pot black beans) etc. Also here is detailed tutorial how to cook dried beans on the stove.
  • Fresh vegetables: Onion, garlic and bell pepper to saute in olive oil to add flavor to otherwise plain poultry meat.
  • Fire roasted tomatoes: I recommend to use fire-roasted tomatoes from a can because they add extra layer of flavor. In a pinch, you can you regular diced tomatoes and add extra 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika.
  • Tomato paste: To add more bold flavor and color to the ground chicken chili. Diced tomatoes in broth do not add as much color as tomato sauce, therefore tomato paste helps a lot.
  • Diced green chilies: You can find them in a small 4 ounces can in a Mexican aisle of any grocery store. Substitute with 1 chopped fresh jalapeno, if you wish. Make sure to remove majority of seeds for more mild chicken chili.
  • Chicken broth: Low sodium chicken broth or chicken stock. You can also use vegetable broth.
  • Spices: Simple seasonings like low sodium chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, salt and ground black pepper.
  • Oil: I use extra virgin olive oil for sauteing the veggies. You can also use avocado oil or any favorite oil for frying.

How to Make Ground Chicken Chili

Making ground chicken chili is super simple in 4 easy steps. You only need one pot which means less dishes to clean. Follow these steps and you will have a piping hot bowl of chili in no time.

Usually I use my large Dutch oven but this time I decided to use my new ceramic pot and ended up with delicious chili!

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  • Saute the veggies: Make sure your large pot is hot and oil is heated too. First, saute onion and garlic. Then saute bell pepper. Allow veggies to caramelize a bit. Now add spices and cook them for 30 seconds as heat makes them more flavorful.
  • Brown ground chicken: Add chicken and cook it for 5 minutes while constantly stirring and breaking into small pieces with spatula.
  • Combine all ingredients: Add beans, canned tomatoes, green chilies and broth. Stir with a wooden spoon.
  • Simmer and adjust: Cover pot with a lid and bring everything to a boil on high heat. Then you want to reduce heat to low and let chicken chili simmer for 30 minutes. It is more to allow flavors develop because most ingredients are already cooked.

Tips for Best Results

Here are a few tips I learnt from testing this ground chicken chili recipe in my kitchen a few times.

  • Brown veggies in stages: You want to do so in stages to allow browning and not steaming of each vegetable. It makes chili so more flavorful!
  • Make your own minced chicken: Not every grocery store carries ground chicken. Make your own by processing cubed chicken breast in a food processor until coarse texture.
  • Work with your ingredients: This easy chicken chili recipe is very forgiving. Use what you have in your fridge and pantry, taste and season at the end and adjust thickness. So easy!
  • To thicken the chili: At the end, give chili a stir as liquids usually collect at the top. If you would like a thicker ground chicken chili, remove the lid and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes allowing the water to evaporate.
  • Always season few times: With any soup, it is a good idea to season once before cooking and second time at the end. You know your taste best!
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Serving Recommendations

What do I serve this delicious chili with? So many options! First of all the toppings!

  • Diced avocado and red onion
  • Grated cheddar cheese or crumbled cotija cheese
  • Crushed tortilla chips
  • Finely chopped cilantro or green onion
  • Lime wedges and dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt

Serve a hot bowl of ground chicken chili with freshly baked gluten-free cornbread or cornbread muffins.

How to Store, Freeze and Reheat

Store: Allow your chili to cool down completely. Transfer it into an airtight container and refrigerate chili leftovers for up to 5 days.

Freeze: If you are in a mood for meal prep, this easy ground chicken chili recipe is perfect to make a large batch of or even double it and freeze for later easy dinners.

Cook chili and allow it to cool completely on a counter. Transfer to airtight containers leaving some room for expansion. Freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw chili soup, leave in the fridge overnight.

Reheat: Reheat desired amount by simmering in a small pot on low heat. Chili splatters a lot, so I recommend to keep the lid on while reheating.


Can I make it in slow cooker?

Yes. Saute veggies and chicken in a skillet, transfer to a slow cooker along with other ingredients and cook on Low heat for 8 hours or on High heat for 4 hours.

Can I make ground chicken chili in Instant Pot?

Yes. Saute veggies and chicken in pressure cooker on Saute setting. Then add remaining ingredients and pressure cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.

Can I use any other ground meat?

Yes. Use ground turkey, ground beef or even ground pork if you are not a fan of ground chicken.

What makes chili thicker?

Simmering chili in a pot uncovered in the end for 10 minutes will help thicken the soup.

What can I add to chili to make it special?

Try a pinch of cinnamon, cacao powder or espresso powder. A splash of beer, wine, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce or liquid smoke. Have fun with your ground chicken chili.

More Chili Recipes to Try

  • Buffalo chicken chili
  • Instant Pot chicken chili
  • Instant Pot turkey chili
  • Instant Pot beef chili
  • Chicken quinoa chili
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Ground Chicken Chili Recipe

Ground Chicken Chili with juicy chicken, fire roasted tomatoes and hearty beans is the perfect bowl of comfort. It lasts for days, freezes well and is an easy hands-off dinner.

5 from 9 votes

Servings 8 servings

Calories 280

Diet Gluten Free

Prep Time 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time 45 minutes minutes

Total Time 1 hour hour

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  • Preheat large Dutch oven or pot on medium-high heat and add oil. Add onion and garlic, saute for 3 minutes. Then add bell pepper and saute for another 3 minutes.

  • Add chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, pepper and saute for another 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add ground chicken and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring and breaking into small pieces with spatula constantly.

  • Add tomato paste and stir until well combined. Then add red kidney beans, white beans, fire roasted tomatoes, diced green chilies, chicken broth and stir.

  • Cover with a lid, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes.

  • After stir chili and adjust salt to taste, if necessary. Serve warm with your favorite toppings.


  • Store:Refrigerate ground chicken chili for up to 5 days in an airtight container. Reheat desired amount in small pot by simmering on low heat. Cover and stir occasionally until warmed through.
  • Freeze: Make sure to cool chili completely and then freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 440mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g

Course: Soup and Stew

Cuisine: Mexican

Author: Olena Osipov

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How to make homemade chili more flavorful? ›

Cocoa powder, bacon, cinnamon, ground coffee and tomato paste will all add a rich sweet & salty flavors that are sure to surprise and delight. Warming spice blends, like Garam Masala, Ras el Hanout or Baharat are another simple and delicious way to add layered flavors to this simple one-pot meal.

How does Martha Stewart make chili? ›

Add chili powder, cocoa, and tomato paste; cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes more. Add tomatoes, broth, and cooked beef. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, until thickened slightly, 25 to 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; serve with sour cream and chives.

Can you add Greek yogurt to chili? ›

The best White Chicken Chili made with hearty beans, tender white meat chicken, and a rich and creamy broth. The way I make it lighter is subbing heavy cream and cheese for nonfat plain Greek Yogurt. It's a great alternative to traditional beef chili and makes for a super satisfying dinner!

What is the secret to really good chili? ›

Add a touch of sweetness

Chili is rich, deep and often spicy, so adding a sweet ingredient is a great way to create balanced flavor. We've found that adding diced carrots is the easiest way to add natural sweetness, but you can also use vegetables like sweet potatoes or winter squash.

Does Ina Garten have a chili recipe? ›

It's no surprise that Ina's chili recipe is a cinch to make. You start by cooking a ton of onions in a pot until translucent, then adding garlic, bell peppers, and several spices — including chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and red pepper flakes. Next, Ina has you crush canned plum tomatoes with your hands.

Why do people put baking soda in chili? ›

According to the magazine's food experimenters, the baking soda treatment will definitely keep the meat tender and juicy when cooked.

What are the ingredients in Dixie chili? ›

Founded in 1929 by Nicholas D. Sarakatsannis, Dixie Chili set the standard for quality food at reasonable prices. "Papa Nick" developed his secret chili recipe using only the highest quality ingredients: 96% Fat Free Beef Chuck, Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, Bermuda Onions, and 100% Semolina Wheat Spaghetti.

What is a good substitute for sour cream in chili? ›

Yogurt is your best substitute for sour cream. Whether you're baking or making a dip or sauce, yogurt is a 1:1 sub. That means if your recipe calls for 1 cup of sour cream, you can replace it with 1 cup of yogurt. Full-fat Greek or natural yogurts work best, but low-fat or even nonfat can be used, too.

What does Greek yogurt do to meat? ›

Greek yogurt does more than simply flavor the surface of chicken. Thanks to its acidity — different from the kind you find in citrus or vinegar — it tenderizes the meat, keeping it juicy and never rubbery. Give yourself 15 minutes, and Greek yogurt will reward you with tastier, more tender chicken.

What can you add to chili for extra flavor? ›

Spices: While cumin, chile powder, and cayenne pepper tend to be common additions to many chili recipes, there's a broad world of flavor out there to experiment with. Try a little fenugreek, turmeric, garam masala, or sumac to layer in more complex flavors. Smoky paprika is my own personal favorite.

What can I add to chili that is bland? ›

Try to identify what about your chili is boring.

Add a hit of soy sauce, Worcestershire, or tamari. These salty, savory powerhouses won't dominate or change the flavor of your chili so much as amplify what's there. Start with one tablespoon, stir, and taste before you add another.

How do you fix chili that has no flavor? ›

I like to give my chili a little more complexity, so I'll often add canned chipotle chili peppers, a touch of cinnamon or Chinese 5 spice, chocolate and cilantro or coriander. A few other flavor boosting ingredients could be: smoked sausage, grilled corn kernels, coffee, beer or roasted tomatoes.

How do you increase the flavor of beef in chili? ›

Brown Your Meat First

To enhance the flavor of your chili, brown the meat before adding it to the pot. This step not only caramelizes the meat, but gives your chili more texture, adding a depth that cannot be achieved by simply simmering it in the chili.

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