Chicken Chili Recipe

by Sherri on February 26, 2014 · 20 comments · Clean Eating, Simple Recipes, Soups and Stews

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Chicken Chili

This Chicken Chili Recipe is seriously one of the best!  It’s a colorful blend of veggies and 2 special, secret ingredients that I think just make it! It reminds me of a Mexican Mole sauce.


5 TBSP Olive Oil

1 Large Onion, chopped

5 cloves of Garlic

2 Sweet Red Bell Peppers (or 1 Red and one Yellow), seeded, cored and diced.

2 Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and minced

3 TBSP of Chili Powder

1 tsp of Cumin

Pinch of Cinnamon (*secret ingredient #1)

1/4 tsp of Black Pepper

3 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

(1)  28 oz can of crushed tomatoes

(1)  14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes

(2)  15 oz cans of low sodium Northern White Beans

1 cup of beer

1/4 cup of grated unsweetened chocolate (*secret ingredient #2)

Garnishes (optional)

Light Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt

Grated Cheddar Cheese

Sliced Scallions

Diced Avocado


1. Bake Chicken Breasts in 2 TBSP of Olive Oil at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until no longer pink inside.

2. Heat 3 TBSP of olive oil in cooking pot. Add the onion and garlic and saute about 10 minutes.

3. Add the bell peppers and jalapeno peppers and saute another 10 minutes.

Chicken Chili

4. Stir in Chili powder, cumin, cinnamon and pepper.

Chicken Chili

5. When chicken is done, shred or cut into 1 inch pieces.

6. Add the chicken, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes and beer to the pot and stir to combine.

7. Simmer over medium heat for about 20-30 minutes.

Chicken Chili

8. Stir in grated chocolate.

Chicken Chili

Garnish with your favorite toppings. ENJOY!

Chicken Chili Recipe

I am sharing this recipe at some of these great Weekly Linky Parties.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela Parker March 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Great looking recipe! I pinned it to try soon : )


Sherri March 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

Thanks! It is one of my favorite’s :-)


Heidi March 24, 2014 at 10:58 am

Can you leave out the beer??


Sherri March 24, 2014 at 11:27 am

I am you could :-) I would use chicken broth maybe for richer flavor but water would probably be fine as well.


Cindy @ Hun... What's for Dinner? April 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I’d love to sit down to a big bowl of this chili. Great secret ingredients! Thank you for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.


jan April 9, 2014 at 12:41 pm

That looks real yummy and easy too! :-) Love the secret ingredients ;) … hopping over from In & Out of the Kitchen!


Sherri April 10, 2014 at 7:35 am

It is so yummy!! Thanks so much for stopping by :-)


Robyn @ simply fresh dinners April 10, 2014 at 10:04 am

Wow, with that list of ingredients, it’s got to be one perfect bowl of chili! Looks delicious and healthy and ready to eat! Thanks for sharing, Sherri.


Donella @ Productive WAHM April 10, 2014 at 2:55 pm

It looks delicious. I like a pinch of cinnamon in my chili, too. I’ll pin this one!


Beverly April 11, 2014 at 10:26 am

I love chili. I have made it with ground chicken but not with actual pieces of chicken. I am going to try this.
Have a great weekend,


Felecia April 11, 2014 at 11:21 am

Hi Sherri! Thanks for sharing your version of chicken chili! It looks delicious! I can hardly wait to make some! Blessings from Bama!


Camille April 11, 2014 at 11:42 pm

That looks so good. I’m going to have to try the 2 secret ingredients! Its going to be cold again here Sunday so that just might be the perfect time to try this! Thanks! Pinned it too!


Sherri April 12, 2014 at 8:31 am

It is so yummy! :-) Perfect for a cooler day. We are getting cold and rainy Tuesday. I am planning on making it myself! Thanks so much for the pin!


Joanne T Ferguson April 12, 2014 at 1:15 am

Great recipe to share at the Foodie Friends Friday Copycat Recipes Party
Cheers! Joanne


Miz Helen April 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Your Chicken Chili looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday today, it is great to have you at the party. Hope you have a very special week and come back soon!
Miz Helen


Michelle April 14, 2014 at 9:53 am

Sounds delicious. Love the addition of chocolate. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!


Nicky April 14, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Cinnamon and chocolate add a great flavor to chili. You don’t need to add much to get the flavors either. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Let’s Get Real Friday Link Party. I hope you’ll join us again this week.


Diane Balch April 14, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Really healthy combination of ingredients. Thanks for bringing your chili to foodie friday.


Nicole April 21, 2014 at 10:56 am

Mole is one of the dishes that I would love to try, so thanks for sharing this. :) They say Mole is an acquired taste, so it’ll be interesting to try this one.

Btw, thanks for linking to Let’s Get Real Party! :)


Criquet November 20, 2014 at 3:41 pm

does it matter what kind of beer. Ale, or something light.


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