Outrageously Good Ina Garten Chicken Chili Recipe

This Ina Garten Chicken Chili Recipe post was updated with new pictures and tips 1/17/17.

Ina Garten Chicken Chili Recipe is great comfort food and a twist of traditional chili. I used to be part of the , BAREFOOT BLOGGERS that tests Ina Garten recipes.

This month we have the challenge to do 5 predetermined recipes in a week. The first one I accomplished was her  Chicken Chili.

hearty chicken chili recipe

With the temperatures going down we all crave chili in our house. I have never made a chicken chili before so I was a little skeptical but knew that I have found very few Barefoot Contessa recipes that I did not like.

Most of you will have the items in your pantry already, except I only had skinless/boneless chicken breasts as well as a few green peppers still in my garden.

Roast the chicken per the recipe just cut the time down. Or you can make the chicken in your Instant Pot to save even more time.

 When I made this the second time, I used bone-in chicken breasts and roasted a few extra chicken breasts to add to my Cheddar Corn Chowder the same week.

Ina Garten Chicken Chili Recipe

hearty chicken chili recipe

Make this chicken chili in a large dutch oven. We also vamped up the spices the second time we made this Barefoot Contessa Chicken Chili recipe.

Can you make this Chili Ahead of Time? 

Bake the chicken the day ahead of time or make some extra breasts while baking another recipe.  I think chili gets better with time also

Make the recipe in the morning and then set in the keep warm setting of a slow cooker. 


Chili to me needs to have a bit of a kick and the original Ina Garten chili recipe did not do that for us. 

hearty chicken chili recipe

This chicken chili recipe, even halved, makes a lot of chili. Plan on having plenty of leftovers to enjoy throughout the week.
hearty chicken chili recipe
When you are ready to serve this comforting chili recipe, be sure to have plenty of sour cream, cheese and hot sauce for your guests to flavor it to their liking.
hearty chicken chili recipe Ina Garten Chicken Chili

Everyone in the family enjoyed the Chicken Chili Recipe, and I will definitely do it again.

hearty chicken chili recipe Ina Garten Chicken Chili

Other Chili Recipes You Might Like:

Quick and Easy 30 Minute Vegetarian Chili

Game Day Recipes: Grandma Beef Chili Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Recipe


Barefoot Contessa’s Chicken Chili Recipe

hearty chicken chili recipe

Ina Garten Chicken Chili Recipe

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

A tomato based chicken chili recipe adapted from Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa Chili recipe


  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions, 3 onions
  • 1/8 cup good olive oil, plus extra for chicken
  • 1/8 cup minced garlic, 2 cloves
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and large-diced
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, cored, seeded, and large-diced
  • 2 tablepoons chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for chicken
  • 2 28-ounce cans whole peeled plum tomatoes in puree, undrained
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil leaves
  • 4 split chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Corn
  • For serving
  • Chopped onions, corn chips, grated cheddar, sour cream


  1. Warm up the oil in a large stock pot or dutch oven. Cook the onions in the oil over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the bell peppers, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne, and salt. Cook for 1 minute. Mean while Crush the tomatoes by hand with a scissors or in batches in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add to the pot with the basil. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Rub the chicken breasts with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast the chicken for 35 to 40 minutes, until just cooked.
  4. Let cool slightly. Separate the meat from the bones and skin and cut it into 3/4-inch chunks.
  5. Add the chicken and corn to the chili and simmer, uncovered, for another 20 minutes.
  6. Serve with the toppings, or refrigerate and reheat gently before serving.


Adapted from Barefoot Contessa

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 446Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 100mgSodium 889mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 8gSugar 19gProtein 39g

What would you add to this Barefoot Contessa’s Chicken Chili Recipe? Do you like beans in your chili?

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