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Ground Chicken Chili

This is the best Ground Chicken Chili recipe and is perfect for quick weeknight dinners. This healthier version has fewer calories and fat and is made with beans, bell peppers, and a homemade chili seasoning spice.

ground chicken chili with cheese in a white bowl

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I have so many chili recipes because it’s a go-to favorite any time of the year when I’m looking for something easy for meal prep, that’s healthy and filling, too. Chili is basically meat, vegetables, and beans. You pick your favorite meat and even omit beans if they aren’t your thing.

garlic, green peppers, red peppers, and red onions chopped in separate glass bowls

What Type of Chicken to Use

I’m using ground chicken in this recipe but ground turkey, ground beef, ground pork, or whatever you prefer is interchangeable so feel free to use what you want.

Ground chicken is lean, especially compared to beef and pork. This means it has a lot less fat and will have less moisture while cooking it. I like to cook it with sauteed veggies cooked in olive oil for that reason. I also had a small amount of chicken broth to the recipe to compensate.

ground chicken in a glass bowl
chili beans, black beans, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes in cans

How to Season/What Spices to Use

You can use a store-bought packet if you wish. I like to use my Homemade Chili Seasoning Blend. The store-bought packs typically have preservatives and/or sugar. For my blend you will need:

  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Dried Oregano
  • Cayenne Pepper (if you like spicy chili)
broth and chili seasoning spices in separate glass bowls

How to Make Ground Chicken Chili

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Heat a pot on medium-high heat with olive oil, chopped onions, green peppers, and red peppers.
  2. Saute for a few minutes until the veggies are soft.
  3. Add in minced garlic and stir.
  4. Add in ground chicken.
  5. Season the chicken with the chili spices and seasoning.
  6. Add broth, beans, diced tomatoes and chilies, and tomato paste to the pot. Stir.
  7. Simmer.
collage of 4 photos with ground chicken and chili with vegetables
collage of 4 photos with ground chicken and vegetables for chili

How to Make it in a Slow Cooker or Crockpot

You will have to cook your ground chicken first on stovetop. Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker or Crockpot and cook for 4-5 hours on High or 7-8 hours on Low.

What to Top the Chili With/Toppings Ideas

  • Tortilla Strips
  • Avocado
  • Seeds from the squash
  • Heavy cream or Sour Cream
  • Greek Yogurt (plain)
  • Bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • Chives
  • Crackers
  • Croutons
ground chicken chili in a Dutch oven

How Long it Will Last in the Fridge

It will last tightly covered and sealed for 3-4 days.

How to Reheat

You can reheat in the microwave or on the stove until warm.

Freezer Tips

This is a great freezer meal! It works wonderfully for meal prep. I freeze the soup using these soup molds from Amazon. The soup will freeze for up to several months. Defrost overnight in the fridge.

ground chicken chili with beans in a Dutch oven

Pair With These Recipes

Homemade Southern Cornbread
Cornbread Muffins
Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
Honey Cornbread

Air Fryer Cornbread
Pumpkin Cornbread
Keto Low Carb Cornbread

Southern Cornbread Dressing

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
Keto Low Carb Beef Chili
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
Pumpkin Chili
Sweet Potato Chili

Leftover Turkey Chili
Creamy Seafood Chili
Buffalo Chicken Chili

Chili Cheese Fries

ground chicken chili with beans in a Dutch oven

Ground Chicken Chili

This is the best Ground Chicken Chili recipe and is perfect for quick weeknight dinners. This healthier version has fewer calories and fat and is made with beans, bell peppers, and a homemade chili seasoning spice.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken chili recipe, ground chicken chili, ground chicken chili recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 221kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped green peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped red peppers
  • 2-3 garlic cloves Minced.
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 15 oz canned chili beans Drained
  • 15 oz canned black beans
  • 15 oz canned diced chilies and tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup broth Chicken or vegetable, etc
  • 6 oz canned tomato paste

Homemade Chili Seasoning (You can also use a store-bought chili packet if you wish).

Instructions

  • Heat a Dutch oven or large stock pot on medium high heat. When hot, add the olive oil, chopped onions, green peppers, and red peppers.
  • Saute for a few minutes until the veggies are soft.
  • Add in the minced garlic and stir.
  • Add in the ground chicken. Use a meat chopper and break down the ground beef.
  • Season the chicken with the chili spices and seasoning. Stir until the chicken until it has fully cooked or for about 5-6 minutes. I find that ground chicken doesn't produce much fat, but use your judgment and drain any excess fat if necessary.
  • Add the broth, beans, diced tomatoes and chilies, and tomato paste to the pot. Stir.
  • Adjust the heat to medium-low. Cover the pot and allow the chili to simmer until all of the ingredients are combined, for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Cool before serving.

Notes

Any of your favorite canned beans will work for this recipe.
I’m using ground chicken in this recipe but ground turkey, ground beef, ground pork, or whatever you prefer is interchangeable so feel free to use what you want.
Instead of making your own seasoning, you can use a chili packet if you wish.
Feel free to add sugar or sweetener to the chili if you like it sweet.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 6g
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