Chicken Chili — Ready In 20 Minutes!

This Chicken Chili Recipe is Delicious and Simple!

Soup and chili season is upon us!

chicken chili recipe being served in a bowl

And we love easy soup recipes so we can spend more time playing in the leaves, decorating pumpkins, and baking cookies!

This hearty ecipe is ready in minutes and makes very little mess in the kitchen!

How to Make Easy Chicken Chili

Cook the chicken and onions together.

In large saucepan, cook the onion and chicken on medium-high heat until chicken is no longer pink and onions are soft and translucent.

Whisk in tomato paste.

Add remaining ingredients and whisk until tomato paste is liquid and thoroughly combined.

ingredients in pot for chicken chili recipe

Heat things up!

Bring chicken chili to a boil, then lower the heat and cover.

Simmer and wait.

Simmer on low for 10 minutes.

Serve!

Serve hot with any additional toppings like cheese or sour cream.

Simple ingredients are all you need for this flavorful recipe!

You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry!

spooning out the chicken chili recipe

Ingredients Needed for Recipe

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Tomato paste
  • Canned pinto beans
  • Canned Kidney beans
  • White onion
  • Paprika
  • Cooking oil
  • Mexican chili powder
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Shredded cheddar or Parmesan cheese, optional
  • Cream cheese, optional
  • Sour cream, optional

This chicken chili recipe makes its rounds in our kitchen frequently!

Here’s a few reason why our family LOVES this recipe!

serving the homemade chicken chili

Why Chicken Chili is a Favorite Recipe

  • Easy. It’s a low-mess and quick chili recipe!
  • Budget-friendly. Whether money is tight or not, I love serving meals that are easy on the budget!
  • Delicious– This chicken chili recipe is packed with traditional chili flavors we love!
  • Satisfying– Our favorite chicken chili is warm and comforting
  • Freezer friendly. We’ve been making more freezer meals, and this recipe freezes well!

How to Freeze

  1. Prepare chicken as normal.
  2. Let chicken chili completely cool.
  3. Once chili is completely cooled, place in a freezer bag, that’s inside of another freeer-bagg. Always double bag when freezing soups!
  4. Lay soup flat in Freezer on top of a cookie sheet.
  5. Once reopen, remove from the top of the cookie sheet and store in freezer. Use within 3 months.
  6. When ready to use, simply thaw out and heat up!

Variations of Chicken Chili Recipe

Add cream cheese. This makes it extra creamy and extra hearty. Dice cream cheese and simply stir into soup at the end. It will make this a lighter, cheesier chili. When you add the cream cheese, be sure to add additional spices because the cream cheese dampens the other flavors smidge.

Replace chicken with turkey. Substitute diced turkey if you’re not a huge fan of chicken.

Spice things up! If you like your chili spicier, add 1 or 2 finely-diced jalapeño peppers.  Add them in at the same time as you add the onions. Or, take the lazy route and add a few dashes of hot sauce! That’s what I do!

chicken chili with crackers

More Chili and Soup Recipes We Think You’ll Love!

Ham and Potato Soup

Minestrone Soup

French Onion Soup

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chicken chili recipe served in white bowl

Easy Chicken Chili

Easy chicken chili uses only a few ingredients, is full of flavor, and is ready in twenty minutes!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 18 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 15 oz cans pinto beans undrained
  • 1 15 oz can kidney beans undrained
  • 1 large white onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 Tablespoons paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Mexican chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • shredded cheddar or Parmesan cheese optional
  • sour cream optional
  • 4 ounces cream cheese optional stir in

Instructions
 

  • In large saucepan, cook the onion and chicken on medium-high heat until chicken is no longer pink and onions are soft and translucent.
  • Add remaining ingredients and whisk until tomato paste is liquid and thoroughly combined.
  • Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low and cover. Continue to simmer on low for 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot with any additional toppings like cheese or sour cream.

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