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Southwest Chicken Chili Recipe

Chicken thighs are a nice change-of-pace in this easy chili. I also add a smoked ham hock and fresh cilantro to add flavor and keep the dish interesting.—Phyllils Beatty, Chandler, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:5 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sour cream, optional


  • 1. In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Add the ham hock, beans, broth, chilies, onion and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until ham is tender.
  • 2. Remove ham bone. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bone; discard bone. Cut meat into bite-size pieces and return to slow cooker. Serve with sour cream if desired. Yield: 5 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 343 calories, 16g fat (4g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 735mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 5g fiber), 33g protein.

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