Chicken Chili Recipe

This Chicken Chili Recipe is perfect for a cold winter night.

During the winter months, my husband and I especially like to have spicy foods.  The heat from the dishes warms our bodies and also our spirits. This chicken chili recipe is one of our favorite winter meals.White Chicken Chili

Most of the time, we make bean or beef chili recipes like this one that I make in the crock pot. But sometimes I don’t want the heavy taste that a beef chili provides.   Then, chicken is the perfect choice for the protein to add to the chili recipe.  Your family will Folks will also perhaps enjoy a change from the traditional when they spoon into this flavorful blend with the tender chunks of chicken, paired with cannellini and garbanzo beans, fresh peppers and just enough zip to satisfy without being too spicy.

chicken chili recipe

The colors in this chicken chili are something else. So vibrant!  Much more appealing to my eyes than the traditional dark colored chili.  I used both white wine and red wine in the recipe, but 1/2 cup of chicken broth can be substituted for the wines if you prefer it to be non alcoholic.   

White Chicken Chili

Serve this hearty and spicy dish with some home made tortilla chips, and add some sour cream or top the chili with cheddar cheese.  You can be sure your family will ask for this dish again and again!

** CROCK POT TIP: **An added bonus, this dish can be cooked for four hours on high in the crock pot if you don’t want to cook it on the stove.  Just prepare the recipe as shown but place it all in the crock pot after you have cooked the veggies and chicken and it will work just fine!

Chicken Chili Recipe
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Serves: 6
  • 2 yellow onions chopped
  • 1 lb of chicken thighs,skin on
  • 2 tbsp good olive oil, plus extra for chicken
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and diced
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, cored, seeded, and diced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, plus more for chicken
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 15.5 oz can of cannellini beans
  • 1 15.5 oz can of garbanzo beans
  • ¼ cup minced fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup good red wine
  • ¼ cup good white wine
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • For serving:
  • Chopped onions, corn chips, grated cheddar, sour cream
  1. Cook the onions in the olive oil over medium-low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes, until they are translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the bell peppers, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne, and salt. Cook for 1 minute more. Remove and add to a large pot.
  2. In the same pan add the chicken thighs and cook until they are lightly browned and no longer pink inside. (can add more olive oil if you need to. Cut them into chunks. Stir in the tomatoes and beans into the pot with the basil. Add the wines. (can substitute ½ cup of chicken broth for the two wines if you prefer.)Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 50 minutes, stirring occasionally. (can also be cooked for four hours on high in the crock pot. Both ways work fine.)
  3. Serve with the toppings, or refrigerate and reheat gently before serving.

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