Paleo Chicken and Veggie Chili Recipe

Today’s recipe will be the best white chicken chili recipe you’ll ever eat. Hands down. It’s one of my family’s favorite hearty recipes, without beans, that is both filling and quick to prepare.

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Paleo Chicken Chili

My all-meat and veggie chili obsession began three years ago when I created my favorite 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.

For today’s recipe, I’ve partnered with Lodge, the makers of my favorite cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens, to share with you this wonderful chicken version of my already extremely popular recipe: All Meat and Vegetable Paleo Chili. With dozens of great reviews and over six million visits, it has been one of the most popular recipes on this website, until now.

Did you know? 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!

Don’t worry, I’m not keeping all the secrets to myself, I put everything YOU need to succeed at the Whole30 with your family into my Family KickStart Program. Click on that link to see for yourself how we’ve been able to do it at our house multiple times (even with super picky eaters!).

side by side images of chili ingredients and a bowl of chicken chili

Okay, back to today’s recipe. I’m confident that this white 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 Lodge cast iron enameled 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, stews, gumbos, and bolognese sauce, and my ridiculously delicious chilis. It often goes from my stove top 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.

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So this 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.

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.

I hope you enjoy this white chicken chili as much as my family does. If you try it, I’d love for you to leave a comment and let me know how much you enjoyed it.

What is your favorite meal to cook in a Dutch oven?

Ps – looking for a great dessert to serve after this chili recipe? Try my paleo-friendly coconut flour cake! So good!

image: chicken chili in a bowl with a bright blue cast iron pot of chili in the backgroun

Paleo White Chicken and Veggie Chili Recipe

Today’s Paleo Chicken and Veggie chili recipe is the best chicken chili with no beans you’ll ever eat. Hands down a keerper!

  • Author: Laura Fuentes


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and minced
  • 2 medium poblano peppers, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 4 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 34 cups)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 avocado, sliced


  1. 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.
  2. 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 stock, and lime juice and bring to a simmer. Add the diced zucchini and continue to simmer for 20 more minutes.
  3. After 20 minutes of simmering, taste for seasoning, and adjust if necessary. Stir in the shredded rotisserie chicken and cilantro and simmer until heated through, about 5 more minutes.
  4. Serve the chili in individual bowls topped with avocado slices, and cilantro.
  5. Kitchen Note:
  6. If you can’t find poblano peppers, you can use green peppers but the chili will not be as “smoky” in flavor.
  7. For lower heat, you can use 1/2 of the jalapeño pepper and freeze extra. For added heat, keep seeds and sauté them with vegetables.


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 311
  • Sugar: 1.2g
  • Sodium: 295.5mg
  • Fat: 14.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.2g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 36.5g
  • Cholesterol: 133.6mg

From time to time, I work with awesome companies to develop recipes for this website.  Today’s post was brought to you by Lodge Cast Iron. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that encourage my creativity.

699 thoughts on “Paleo Chicken and Veggie Chili Recipe”

  1. Cynthia Sowards says:

    What wouldn’t I cook in an enameled cast iron Dutch oven? That is my dream cooking pan.

  2. Carlyn says:

    I’d make a hearty beef stew

  3. jenny T says:

    I would love to try a recipe for short ribs. I’ve seen this on the cooking shows and it looks so good, but I’ve never had a pot that would go from stove to oven so it would be great to win the dutch oven!

  4. Heather Sears says:

    I love to cook ham & beans in ours, I would love a different one because I don’t like the color of mine

  5. Adrienne says:

    I’d make soups and roasts.

  6. Brandi Elam says:

    I’d make chicken and dumplings. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Sophia says:

    I am one of 11 children living in my home (there are another 4 out of the house), and because my father passed away, my mom has a lot on her. As one of the oldest, I help a lot with the cooking. I would LOVE this dutch oven! It would definitely be put to good use in our full house 🙂 Thank you so much for your recipes! I am going to be using a lot of them for my younger siblings over this Spring Break to make things exciting! Hopefully I will get to try this one out 🙂

  8. Robbi says:

    Simple. Everything! 😉

  9. Amy B. says:

    I’d love to win the cast iron pot to add to my efforts of getting rid of my old crappy unhealthy pots and pans.

  10. Meaka says:

    I’ve never owned this kind of cookware before, but I would love to have one!

  11. Denise Pollard says:

    I would love to win the dutch oven for camping!

  12. Erika Chilton says:

    Has the winner been chosen yet? I hadn’t seen where it was announced so I’m still keeping my fingers crossed I have a chance. 🙂

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      The winner was picked and emailed and there is a comment below their comment letting them know they won. Thank you for entering! I’ll try to have more of these type of giveaways in the future.

      1. Erika Chilton says:

        I’m sorry I didn’t see that! Congrats to the winner & thank you so much for your giveaway! 🙂

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