Spicy Chicken Chili


Serving this spicy stew is a surefire way to please everyone at the table. Leftover turkey or chicken can be substituted for the chicken thighs. Slideshows:  More Winter Comfort Food Recipes 

Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound skinless chicken thighs (about 4), cut into thin strips

  • 4 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeds and ribs removed, chopped

  • 1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes with their juice

  • 2 1/2 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock

  • 1 2/3 cups drained and rinsed pinto beans (from one 15-ounce can)

  • 1 2/3 cups drained and rinsed black beans (from one 15-ounce can)

  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro (optional)


  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook until they start to soften, about 3 minutes.

  2. Increase the heat to moderate and stir in the chicken strips. Cook until they are no longer pink, about 2 minutes. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, oregano, and salt. Add the jalapeños, the tomatoes with their juice, and the broth. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.

  3. Uncover the saucepan and stir in the beans and black pepper. Simmer until the chili is thickened, about 15 minutes longer. Serve topped with the cilantro.

    Spicy Chicken Chili
    © Lucy Schaeffer

Serve With

Wedges of corn bread are always a good complement to chili. Or serve the chili over macaroni or rice.

Suggested Pairing

A red wine with plenty of acidity is best suited to the spice and heat here. Look for a Sangiovese from California or a Dolcetto from the Piedmont region of Italy.

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