Chipotle Chicken Chili Recipe

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Chipotle Chicken Chili
Try this hearty White Bean Chicken Chili with a kick of Chipotle! It’s an easy, delicious, and healthy dish to serve at a football party. What could be better?

Chipotle Chicken Chili
Break out a bag of “scoop” tortilla chips and serve up Chipotle Chicken Chili Scoop appetizers to heat up the party!

Ingredients for Chipotle Chicken Chili:
1 lb shredded chicken
2-4 pieces Canadian bacon
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
3-5 garlic cloves, minced
15 oz white beans, such as Cannellini, White Kidney Bean
15 oz crushed or diced tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
2-3 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, seeded and chopped
2-3 tsp adobo sauce
2 cups chicken, vegetable stock or water
1 tsp chipotle chili powder
1 tsp cumin

Garnish:
cilantro
green onions
avocado
sour cream

NOTE: Makes about 2 quarts chili. For a vegetarian option, try substituting quartered button mushrooms, zucchini or firm tofu for the chicken.

“Who you callin’ Chicken, Chili?”
Chipotle Chicken Chili
Season and cook chicken any way you want. I grilled. Shocking, I know.
These breasts were seasoned with 1 tsp chipotle chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp dried parsley, s&p and a drizzle of olive oil before grilling.

Chipotle Chicken Chili
Allow chicken to cool and shred. One pound shredded chicken is about two cups.

Chipotle Chicken Chili
Cook Canadian Bacon. The recipe calls for 2-4 pieces because size of bacon varies. I cook whatever a “serving” is for the brand of bacon that I am using.

Chipotle Chicken Chili
Chop it into little Canadian Bacon Bits.

Chipotle Chicken Chili
Add the Canadian Bacon Bits to the white beans. Simmer on low and cover.
If you use a lower sodium, more natural canned white bean, use the liquid that surrounds the beans. You will need to add less salt and the liquid acts as a thickener.

Chipotle Chicken Chili
Prepare vegetables. (There should also be 5 unpeeled garlic cloves in the bowl — unfortunately, I forgot ‘em.) I drizzle olive oil and sprinkled salt and pepper on the onion rings, red bell pepper slices and jalapeno.

Chipotle Chicken Chili
I also grilled the veggies. You can roast vegetables in the oven or simply chop and saute right in the bottom of the pot. Roasting or grilling adds another level of flavor and enhances the smokey-grill Chipotle flavor.

Chipotle Chicken Chili
Chop vegetables into small pieces. Peel and mince garlic.

Chipotle Chicken Chili
Add chopped vegetables to beans and stir.

NOTE: If you are sauteing chopped vegetables directly in soup pot, saute vegetables first, then add the beans and Canadian bacon bits.

Chipotle Chicken Chili
Stir in tomatoes.

Chipotle Chicken Chili
Chop Chipotle pepper(s) into fine pieces. If you want to remove the seeds, slice the pepper lengthwise, open the flaps and scrape out the seeds. Do not use your new, pristine cutting board — it will be stained, I promise you.

Chipotle Chicken Chili
Add Chipotle peppers and adobo sauce. Two teaspoons of adobo and two peppers is about a two alarm chili.

Chipotle Chicken Chili
Add tomato paste.

Chipotle Chicken Chili
Gently combine all ingredients.

Chipotle Chicken Chili
Add chicken stock. Season with Chipotle chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Turn heat up to medium and bring to a gentle boil (bubbling).

Chipotle Chicken Chili
Add shredded chicken.

Chipotle Chicken Chili
Stir. Admire the pot of simmering goodness and blow it a kiss <3

Chipotle Chicken Chili
Allow to simmer on low, covered, stirring occasionally for at least 3 hours. Yes. Three hours. And in all honesty, the longer the better. This chili is even more fabulous the next day. After simmering, allow to cool and refrigerate overnight. Reheat, covered on the stove or in the microwave.

Chipotle Chicken Chili
To serve, garnish with chopped green onions, cilantro and avocado or sour cream.

SUPER BOWL PARTY TIP:
Chipotle Chicken Chili
Be the MVP at your Super Bowl party! Serve this Chipotle Chicken Chili up appetizer-style in “scoop” tortilla chips. Arrive at the Super Bowl party with a crockpot of chili, a couple bags of Scoops, a couple avocados, a serving tray and a pile of napkins. Then spice up the party by preparing a tray of bite-size Chipotle Chicken Chili “bowls” and pass them out. You’ll make new friends fast!

Chipotle Chicken Chili
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17 Responses to “Chipotle Chicken Chili Recipe”

  1. Jo Kishi
    9/8/2010 at 1:54 pm #

    Thanks for the recipe. I’m going to make it this weekend!

  2. Sheri Nelson
    10/13/2010 at 5:51 am #

    While I was searching for smokey beef chipotle chile ideas, I ran across yours, although it’s chicken, I LOVE it! So, why not make 2 pots? I already have shredded chicken in the freezer (last weeks whole baked chicken leftovers) and I will have a can of chipotles open (who ever uses the whole can anyways?). I will use your idea of grilling my peppers and onion as the grill will be on (smoking the beef stew meat). The beautiful thing about all of this chili, it freezes well! Individual serving dishes make for easy luch at work or quick dinners. So glad I ran across your blog! I invite you to give mine a peek…Happy Cookin!

  3. Rachel
    5/26/2011 at 4:48 pm #

    I love this recipe! So delicious and healthy. I add black beans (along with the cannellinis) and use half of the tomato paste, and add carrots/corn and zucchini in equal parts with the chicken. It may not be traditional, but I have made gallons for basketball/football games, and never have leftovers! Thanks for the recipe, it is a household favorite!

    PS– The pictures are also very helpful for walking a novice through the process… thank you for simplicity!

  4. Diane {Created by Diane}
    9/12/2011 at 5:11 pm #

    oh yes, canadian bacon…yum chicken and white bean such a favorite! Great recipe :)

  5. Foodjunkie
    10/5/2011 at 4:18 pm #

    Sounds yummy but we’ll have to go up at least one or two alarm levels. it is interesting until McDonald’s starting advertising McMuffin’s I had no idea what Canadian bacon was. Unless it is imported from the US there is no such thing up here. Just back bacon.

  6. Average Betty
    10/5/2011 at 6:09 pm #

    Haha! Yes — back bacon! So much leaner than our American bacon… maybe we should call it baby got back bacon. lol

  7. Theresa
    1/31/2012 at 10:24 am #

    I have printed this out to make over the weekend. I love chipotles!

  8. Average Betty
    1/31/2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Awesome! Let me know how it goes :)

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