Today’s recipe will be the best red chicken chili recipe you’ll ever eat. Yes, I’m that confident you’ll love this incredible chili soup.
This is an easy red chicken chili made in the dutch oven – a chili without beans, that’s both filling and quick to prepare.
Best Red Chicken Chili Recipe
My all-meat and veggie chili obsession began three years ago when I created my favorite Paleo Chili recipe of all time. It’s relatively fast to cook, and the flavors are enhanced (I believe) when cooked in a cast-iron pot or skillet. With dozens of great reviews and over six million visits, it has been one of the most popular recipes on this website, until now.
For today’s recipe, I traded in my cast-iron skillet for a Dutch oven to share with you this wonderful red chicken chili recipe.
Both of these Paleo-friendly chili recipes are also perfect if you are doing the Whole30! After trying it a few times on my own, I found that the biggest thing that helped me succeed at Whole30 was when I got my whole family to do it with me. But as I’m sure you can guess, that took some adjusting. I needed recipes that my kids and I could both enjoy that would help us ditch all processed foods together, for the whole month!
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Dutch Oven Red Chicken Chili
Okay, back to today’s recipe. I’m confident that this healthy chicken chili recipe will rival the classic on both flavor and heartiness. It’s very filling, and the flavors are -once again- enhanced by simmering on low in my cast iron enamelled Dutch oven.
The 6-quart size Dutch oven is the perfect size for a family. Whether you are cooking for four, six, or eight, it cooks meals to perfection. I cook the best pot roasts, soups, my famous chicken stew, gumbos, and bolognese sauce, and my ridiculously delicious chilis. The Dutch oven can go from the stovetop to the oven without a fuss, and it keeps food warm long after I remove it from the heat since the cast iron retains heat like no other cookware.
Let’s face it, the Dutch oven also looks gorgeous on the table.
Red Chicken Chili Ingredients
So this red chicken chili recipe is just the kind of dinner you can put together with leftover chicken or a ready-to-eat rotisserie chicken from the store. If you’re working with frozen, you can defrost your chicken quickly with these instructions. Got your chicken? Perfect, here’s the full list of ingredient’s you’ll need:
- Jalapeno pepper
- poblano peppers
- Salt, pepper & spices
- Chicken broth
- Chicken or turkey if you are making leftover turkey chili
- Cilantro & avocado for topping
If you don’t have poblano peppers, use an additional green pepper, but know that you’ll miss the smoky-heat that the poblano brings to the recipe.
How to Make Red Chicken Chili
This chicken chili recipe couldn’t be easier to make on your stove. Here is how it’s done.
In your Dutch oven sauté the peppers, onions and garlic until soft
Add the chili powder, cumin and coriander to the pot and continue to toast the spices.
- Stir & Simmer
Add the chicken broth, lime juice, zucchini and chicken, stir together and simmer for 20 minutes
After simmering, salt & pepper to taste and serve with avocado slices and chopped cilantro.
I hope you enjoy this flavorful chicken chili as much as my family does. We make this recipe all year long.
How to Freeze Red Chicken Chili
This chili tastes even better the second day and freezes great for future meals and thermos lunches. Everything you need to know about freezing this recipe and all other soups and chilis, right below:
- Allow the soup to cool down to room temperature
- Pack it into large, freezer-safe zip bags.
- Label zip bags with the date and reheating instructions.
- Place bags on a large sheet pan and transfer to the freezer for 2 hours.
- Once frozen, remove them from the sheet pan, and store for up to 2-3 months.
When you’re ready for hot soup, remove the desired amount of bags from the freezer and defrost in the fridge overnight or transfer the entire frozen soup block(s) to a large saucepan and reheat over medium heat until defrosted. Add about ½ to 1 cup of additional broth or water to the soup and bring to a boil. Now you are ready to enjoy.
If you are looking for a great dessert to serve after this chili recipe? Try my paleo-friendly coconut flour cake! So good!
Easy Red Chicken Chili Recipe
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and minced
- 2 medium poblano peppers, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
- 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 limes, juiced, plus lime wedges, for serving
- 3 large zucchini, peeled and diced
- 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat shredded (about 3-4 cups)
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
- 1 avocado, sliced
- Add the oil to a large 6-quart Dutch oven and heat it over medium-high heat. Add the peppers, onions, and garlic and sauté until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
- Season the vegetables with salt, and pepper, to taste. Add the cumin, coriander, and chili powder and continue to sauté for 1 more minute to toast the spices. Stir in the chicken broth, lime juice, zucchini, and shredded chicken. Simmer for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes of simmering, taste for seasoning, and adjust if necessary.
- Serve the chili in individual bowls topped with avocado slices and chopped cilantro.
- If you can’t find poblano peppers, you can use green peppers but the chili will not be as “smoky” in flavor.
- For lower heat, you can use ½ of the jalapeño pepper and freeze extra. For added heat, keep seeds and sauté them with vegetables.