Green Chile Chicken Chili Recipe
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Green Chile Chicken Chili Recipe

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The prep work for this chili is easy thanks to several pantry staples. It’s loaded with shredded chicken and beans. The spicy heat can be tamed a bit by cool sour cream. —Fred Lockwood, Plano, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 4 bone-in chicken breast halves (14 ounces each)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup pickled jalapeno slices
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 2 jars (16 ounces each) salsa verde
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • Optional toppings: shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream and crushed tortilla chips

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups (calculated without optional toppings): 320 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 1187mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 7g fiber), 32g protein.


  1. Place the chicken, onions, peppers, jalapenos and chilies in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Pour salsa over top. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender.
  2. Remove chicken; cool slightly. Shred chicken with two forks, discarding skin and bones; return meat to slow cooker. Stir in the beans, sour cream and cilantro; heat through. Serve with toppings of your choice.
    Freeze option: Before adding sour cream, cilantro and toppings, cool chili. Freeze chili in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Stir in sour cream and cilantro. Serve with toppings if desired.
    Yield: 10 servings (3-1/2 quarts).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Green Chile Chicken Chili in Simple & Delicious February/March 2013, p34

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Norene User ID: 9072060 260985
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2017

"Very usable recipe. Made half batch in 3.5 quart show cooker; used boneless skinless chicken breast (probably more than recipe asked for, didn't weigh it - didn't have to defat at any stage). 1st meal: used as chili soup, garnished with fritos. 2nd meal: with slotted spoon used some cooked mixture to fill 6 corn tortillas and added cheddar-jack cheese to create enchiladas; served with salad. 3rd meal: to remainder cooked mixture added 14.5 oz can chicken broth and about 2 cups home-frozen corn and a bit of salt to create what my husband called "a tasty soup". I love these types of recipes that can make PlannedOver meals to throw together in a jiffy."

pattednajoann User ID: 3549156 259477
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2017

"Hubby raved about this chilli! He can't take much spicy heat, but surprisingly this wasn't real hot. I cut the pickled jalapenos to 1/4 cup and added an extra can of beans. Didn't add sour cream or cilantro. Didn't need it. Can't wait for leftovers!"

dnnbntng User ID: 8820004 256234
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2016

"Threw all the ingredients in my crock pot after work on Friday, I used less onions and peppers (just my preference), added a little cumin for more of that chili flavor, some chopped up boneless chicken breast and a couple cans of white chili beans. The house smelled heavenly walking in after my sons Friday night football game. It was delicious but a little spicy, but the sour cream does tame the heat quite a bit. Gave it 4 stars because all the kids didn't like it, it wasn't "chili" enough for them."

koenigsfm User ID: 4824594 253027
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2016

"I don't understand any negative reviews. I make this at least once a month and it lasts a couple of days (barely). I've followed the recipe to a "T" and made variations (mostly removing jalape?os and chiles from the main dish, saving them as a topping, as the hubby can't handle the heat) and make with fresh salsa verde, vice a jarred-version (which is delicious), because the hubby can't handle the "medium" heat. easy, budget friendly, and soooooo yummy! Thanks!"

angcy User ID: 1160970 244179
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2016

"This is not our favorite."

texas_sooner User ID: 8642807 238444
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"I made this for a chili cookoff and it unanimously won "Judge's Favorite". I used an Anaheim pepper as the green pepper and omitted the pickled jalapenos all together (really not a fan of them). I think one trick to making this turn out great is using quality salsa verde. My favorite brand (seriously, could eat by the spoonful!) is Frontera - it's roasted and a little smoky and medium heat, turned out great. Like others, I also used boneless/skinless chicken breast and it was fine. Of all the chili in the contest, this was the only one that was completely devoured...which means I need to make more, I only got one serving."

Eoneil User ID: 5355345 231103
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2015 Edited Oct. 22, 2015

"This chili is delicious! A bit of caution, though. If I had used a whole cup of the sliced pickled jalapenos, I would have had to throw it out. I used about 1/4C and it was still really hot; I had to use two cups of sour cream to cool it down. I used boneless chicken breast any it worked perfectly."

krgreen519 User ID: 8206263 217436
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"Great flavors and texture throughout this recipe. One or two of the breasts fell apart during cooking and left a lot of little bones for a potentially unsafe meal. Never use bone in for something that does not have a clear broth and I'll use boneless breast or thigh next time."

chicagofan17 User ID: 7660376 213471
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2014

"Very good but next time when I half the recipe I'll remember to half the jalapeños!"

2020track User ID: 7682830 123424
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"wonderful chicken chili!"

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