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Texas Chicken Chili

Texas Chicken Chili is a mouthwatering blend of chicken, beans, chili peppers and zesty spices. Bring the Lone Star State to your kitchen.

Texas Chicken Chili is a mouth-watering blend of chicken, beans, chili peppers and zesty spices

There is nothing like a hot bowl of good chili! It’s chock full of ingredients that give this chili depth of flavor that you won’t believe. There are the usual ingredients, like meat, tomato paste and chili powder, But theres also the unexpected like corn flour for thickening, brown sugar for maple sweetness and apple cider vinegar for subtle tartness.

Back when I lived in Texas, we had a monthly pot-luck at work. One time a co-worker brought in a giant pot of Texas Chicken Chili. When she set it down, people in the know nearly knocked me over to fill their bowls. I mean, what was all the fuss?  When I finally shouldered my way in and scraped my own bowl from the bottom of the pot, I understood why it was the most popular dish at the pot luck.

Texas Chicken Chili is a mouth-watering blend of chicken, beans, chili peppers and zesty spices

Even though there’s a few extra steps to this recipe, it’s definitely worth the effort! I feed it to the football watching crowd, and though this recipe makes a lot of chili, there never seem to be any leftovers😀

Ingredients needed to make Texas Chicken Chili

Texas Chicken Chili is a mouth-watering blend of chicken, beans, chili peppers and loads of other zesty flavors. Bring a little of the Lone Star state to your kitchen!
  • Chicken Thighs
  • Pinto Beans
  • Anaheim Chili Peppers
  • Jalapeno Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Red Onion
  • Tomato Paste
  • Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • Chicken Broth
  • Corn Flour
  • Brown Sugar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Spices – Chili Powder, Garlic, Cumin and Oregano
Texas Chicken Chili is a mouth-watering blend of chicken, beans, chili peppers and loads of other zesty flavors. Bring a little of the Lone Star state to your kitchen!

How To Make Texas Chicken Chili

This recipe is a bit of a project – but worth it! Here’s how I made it”

  1. Begin by toasting the dried Anaheim chiles in a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat, until slightly darkened and fragrant. Turn the chilies often so they do not burn. This will take about 4 minutes. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  2. Season the chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Heat 2 TBSP of olive oil in the pot. Over medium-high heat, add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Remove to a plate or bowl with a slotted spoon.
  3. In the same pot, heat remaining 2 TBSP of oil. Add the Jalapeno, red onion, garlic, cumin, oregano, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Cook while stirring the mixture around until the onions soften, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook while stirring, until the vegetables are coated, about a minute.
  4. Add the canned tomatoes, chicken broth, 2 cups of water, corn flour, brown sugar, vinegar and the set aside toasted chiles to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer until the dried chiles soften, about 20 minutes.
  5. Use an immersion blender to puree the mixture, or work in batches using a blender or food processor to puree.
  6. Return the meat to the pot. Add remaining 3 cups of water. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally for about 3 hours.
  7. Add the beans and cook an additional 15 minutes, until the beans are tender.
  8. Serve with assorted toppings and chips.
Texas Chicken Chili is a mouth-watering blend of chicken, beans, chili peppers and zesty spices

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Texas Chicken Chili

Texas Chicken Chili is a mouth-watering blend of chicken, beans and loads of zesty flavors. Bring a little of the Lone Star state to your kitchen!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :4 hours
Total Time :4 hours 15 minutes
Servings :8 servings
Calories :445
Course :Lunch, Main Course, Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 Anaheim chile peppers dried, stems removed
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeds removed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 28 ounce whole peeled tomatoes do not drain
  • 15 ounce low-sodium chicken broth
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 tbsp corn flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs boneless, skinless, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 15 ounce pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • sour cream, red onion, shredded cheese and tortilla chips for topping

Instructions 

  • Begin by toasting the dried Anaheim chiles in a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat, until slightly darkened and fragrant. Turn the chilies often so they do not burn. This will take about 4 minutes. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  • In the same pot, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stirring and flipping occasionally, cook chicken until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  • To the pot, add remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the jalapeno, red onion, garlic, cumin, oregano, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Cook, stirring the mixture until the onions soften, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and continue stirring until the vegetables are coated.
  • Add the canned tomatoes, chicken broth, 2 cups of water, corn flour, brown sugar, vinegar and your toasted chiles. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer until the chiles soften, about 20 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat. Use an immersion blender to puree the mixture, or work in batches using a blender or food processor to puree.
  • Return the chicken to the pot. Add remaining 3 cups of water. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally for about 3 hours.
  • Add the beans and cook an additional 15 minutes, until the beans are tender.
  • Serve with assorted toppings and chips.

Chef Tips

Jalapeno pepper can be omitted for a milder flavor.
You can substitute 1-1/2 tsp regular vinegar and 1-1/2 tsp water for the 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar.
If salt sensitive,  omit adding salt during cooking and season with salt to taste before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1servingCalories: 445kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 26gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 305mgPotassium: 831mgFiber: 7gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 694IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 91mgIron: 4mg

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