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Healthy Chicken Chili in 30 Minutes

This healthy Chicken Chili takes only 30 minutes to cook, uses only one pot, and tastes like a cozy comfort in a bowl. It’s ideal for busy weeknights and meal prep

chicken chili in a bowl with chips
Chicken chili is healthy and satisfying

Healthy Chicken Chili in 30 Minutes

The crisp air and cool temps beg for steaming hot bowls of cozy chili on the dinner table. Preferably while wearing fuzzy slippers, fleecy jammies, and zero grease on your elbows.

Okay, I can’t guarantee the fuzzy fleece, but you can have satisfying bowls of delicious chicken chili on the table in 30 minutes with minimal effort. In fact, this chicken chili comes together from beginning to end all one pot, which means fewer dishes and easy cleanup.

That this chicken chili is healthy doesn’t detract from the marvelous fact that it’s immensely flavorful. We’ve got our own phrase for this type of win-win situation: easy on the waist, big on taste.

chicken chili in a pot
This chicken chili uses only one pot; easy cleanup

“Cook Smarter” Strategy for Chicken Chili

  • We make this healthy one-pot chicken chili in a jiffy by using something we frequently have in the fridge – rotisserie chicken. Do yourself a favor and grab a rotisserie chicken when you go shopping, even if you already had macaroni and cheese planned for dinner.
  • Freshly cooked, store-bought rotisserie chicken can keep for several days in the fridge. Use it for our Healthier Rotisserie Chicken Salad and Chicken Enchilada Casserole, too.
  • I prefer to chop my own bell peppers and onions, but you can absolutely use the pre-chopped tri-pepper blends from the produce section of most grocery stores. You can also chop your bell peppers/onions on the weekend and place in airtight container to chill or freeze until ready to use.
  • Don’t throw out the juices of your canned tomatoes for this recipe – the juices of those crushed tomatoes provide amazing flavor. Nothing’s going to waste here.
  • Toss in aromatic seasonings such as cumin and paprika, but do make sure they’re still fresh and haven’t lost their flavor.
  • Top with your favorite toppings, if you wish, and you’re done – soup’s on.

P.S. Crispy corn tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and fresh herbs make this chicken chili extra tantalizing.

chicken chili in a bowl
Serve chicken chili with chips, rice, or just grab a spoon

Variations and Ingredient Substitutions

  • Try cooked, shredded turkey in place of the chicken. Or, quickly cook up a pound of ground meat (turkey, beef, or sausage) and use it as the main protein.
  • If using cooked ground beef, feel free to use beef broth in place of chicken broth.
  • We love using fire roasted tomatoes whenever possible, which provide extra boost of flavors.
  • Feel free to add your choice of beans: chickpeas, black beans, or Northern beans all work well.
  • Try serving with honey cornbread or perfectly cooked brown rice.

Also Try this easy beef stew with potatoes:

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Healthy One-Pot Chicken Chili

4.61 from 33 ratings
This Healthy One-Pot Chicken Chili takes only 30 minutes to cook and tastes like a cool-weather dream! Whatever the season, everyone you serve this chili to will be going back for seconds.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Amy Dong


  • 3 TB olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, roughly chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 4 bell peppers, mixed colors, seeded/roughly chopped
  • 2 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 ½ tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 cans, 28 oz. each crushed tomatoes, with all juices
  • 1 whole, cooked rotisserie chicken, meat shredded
  • 2 cups good quality chicken broth
  • Optional for Serving: chopped cilantro or parsley, shredded cheese, corn tortilla chips


  • In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil until hot. Add onions and garlic. Stir on medium-high heat 3 minutes or until tender. Add bell peppers, salt, chili powder, sugar, cumin, and paprika; stir 2 minutes on medium-high heat.
  • Increase to high heat and stir in crushed tomatoes with juices, shredded chicken, and broth. Bring to a rapid boil. Immediately cover and reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Serve with optional toppings, as desired. Chili keeps well covered and chilled for several days. (In fact, flavor intensifies wonderfully the next day.)


Variations: try cooked, shredded turkey in place of the chicken. Or, quickly cook up a pound of ground meat (turkey, beef, or sausage) and use it as the main protein.
If using cooked ground beef, feel free to use beef broth in place of chicken broth.
We love using fire roasted tomatoes whenever possible, which provide extra boost of flavors.
Feel free to add your choice of beans: chickpeas, black beans, or Northern beans work well.
Try serving with honey cornbread or perfectly cooked brown rice.
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.4g | Protein: 7.2g | Fat: 7.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Cholesterol: 14.4mg | Sodium: 774.8mg | Fiber: 3.7g | Sugar: 8.4g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Diet: Low Fat
Method: Stovetop

Chili for Chilly Nights…

  1. Butternut Squash Chili: this is meant for all those fall and winter evenings. Gather the family around the table and warm up with a delicious bowl of this hearty and healthy dinner. Great for groups as well.
Butternut Squash Chili

2. Lentil Black Bean Chili: a fabulous meatless chili; it’s hearty, full of flavor, and so delicious you won’t even miss the meat. A healthy and succulent way to get on the lentil train.

Lentil black bean chili 3
Lentil Black Bean Chili

3. Slow Cooker Chili with Black Beans and Corn: absolutely scrumptious. It’s healthy, hearty, and is easily made in your Crock Pot. Stovetop option included.

Slow Cooker Chili Black Beans and Corn
Slow Cooker Chili with Black Beans

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Recipe Rating


    • Kellie Kelsey
    • 5 stars

    This is so flavorful and will be making again. I did not use two large cans of crushed tomatoes(that seemed excessive). Instead I used one can of fire roasted tomatoes. I also added a can of cannellini beans. Topped it with parsley and a little sour cream
    It’s a quick meal to cook. However if pressed for time do the prep the night before. The prep takes much longer than the cook time

    • NICOLE

    Hi! What’s the serving size for this recipe?

    • Patricia

    Looking forward to making this recipe and wanted to know if the leftover chili can be frozen?

      • Amy Dong

      Yes, cooked chili can be frozen airtight, for several weeks. Enjoy!

    • Morgan
    • 3 stars

    I’m confused on the crushed tomatoes, what do you mean by “with all juices?” I purchased 2 28 oz cans of Muir Glen fire roasted crushed tomatoes. There’s no juice in there it’s similar to a tomato sauce in my opinion, no way to separate as it’s mostly blended together through the crushing process. Diced tomatoes would have juices? I felt like my chili was really thick and not brothy like pictured. I followed recipe exactly. Just want to know what you mean by all the juices and make sure I used the right tomatoes.. Thank you 🙂

      • Amy Dong

      I’m guessing it varies by brand. If you used entire contents of both cans, then you did it correctly. You can try diced tomatoes next time and see if that makes a difference. Thank you, Morgan!

    • Hannah
    • 5 stars

    New favorite chicken chili! Cut the recipe in half and added a can of pinto beans and a can of great northern beans and it was demolished!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, that’s awesome, Hannah! 🙂

    • Jim Stinson
    • 5 stars

    Super easy, low ingredients with an absolute delicious flavor! With all of these cold weather chili was going to be needed. Came across this recipe as I love all your recipes. My wife loves it as well. Added a few jalapeños, and substituted a green pepper with an poblano. And a bit of cayenne to spice it up! Will be making this again! Thank you!

      • chewoutloud

      Aww, that’s awesome, Jim! 🙂

    • Andrea Howe
    • 5 stars

    You know, I really love chile! But sometimes I get so tired of making it with ground beef or turkey. I love the idea of using shredded chicken in this recipe and can’t wait to try it!

    • Jo
    • 5 stars

    That chili looks so delicious! I don’t eat beef, to see chicken chili always make me happy. Chicken chili is my favorite winter meal.

    • Heidy
    • 5 stars

    I loved this healthy Chicken Chili, and the fact that it only takes only 30 minutes to cook brought total joy to my heart! I am really looking forward to making this again! Happy New year!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, so happy to hear you liked this, Heidy! 🙂

    • Nicole Washington

    Perfect soup to get your veggies and protein. Great soup recipe!

    • Christine
    • 5 stars

    I love chili but it normally takes so long to prepare. This is a great quick version to whip up for a weeknight dinner. It has so much flavor and the leftovers make for a delicious lunch the next day!

    • Gunjan
    • 5 stars

    Looks so comforting and delicious that I wanna dig into it right now.

    • Ramona
    • 5 stars

    I love making chicken chili and I haven’t made it in quite some time and now I am excited to make it again! I cant wait to use this recipe to make it for my family for tomorrow’s dinner. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • Kushigalu
    • 5 stars

    Chicken chili is one of the best comfort food. Love that its ready in 30 minutes. A must try.

    • Shelley
    • 5 stars

    One pan, 30 minutes, super easy and healthy … and delicious, too?!? This absolutely checks all the boxes! And your photos are just gorgeous! Chili isn’t always the prettiest food to look at, but this one’s a real looker!

    • Sharon
    • 5 stars

    I love this chicken chili! I a huge fan of bell peppers so I love that they are added to this chili recipe.

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you liked this, Sharon 🙂

    • veenaazmanov
    • 5 stars

    This is surely my weekend meal option for family. Delicious and perfect for a Happy Meal .

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, thank you! 🙂

    • Richard Tunner
    • 5 stars

    I made this last night and it came out a little more soupy than I had expected but it was so good I didn’t mind at all!! I’ll just try mashing up little extra beans next time. We served it up with a little side salad and some unsalted tortilla chips and it was a great dinner. As always I love your recipes because they make plenty of leftovers to make the week so much easier. I’ll definitely be making this one again!

      • chewoutloud

      That’s awesome, Richard! So happy you all loved it 🙂 🙂

    • Shari George

    Where’s the beans?

      • chewoutloud

      Hi, Shari! Yes, choose any of your favorite beans to add 🙂 Here is one of our popular chili with black beans that you may like!

    • Noemi
    • 5 stars

    Great recipe. Top marks, we really enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      So glad you guys liked this chili, Noemi! 🙂

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