Copycat Chili’s Southwest Chicken Chili Recipe

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This is a great recipe for chili that’s complimented with meaty chicken bits. You should make this on one of the chilly winter days.

Copycat Chili’s Southwest Chicken Chili Recipe

How To Make Copycat Chili's Southwest Chicken Chili

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup yellow onions, diced
  • 1⅓ cups bell peppers, of your choice, diced, preferably green
  • 3 tbsp garlic, minced
  • cups chicken broth
  • 2 tsp lemon juice, or lime juice
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp ground cumin
  • tbsp chili powder
  • tbsp paprika, preferably smoked
  • tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • cup beer, of your choice
  • 1 cup tomatillos, canned, drained and crushed
  • 4 oz green chiles, canned, drained and diced
  • 15 oz white cannellini beans, (1 can), or navy beans, drained
  • 15 oz red kidney beans, (1 can), or black beans, drained
  • 3 lb chicken breast, poached and diced
  • 2 tbsp chocolate sauce
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste

To serve:

  • 1 tbsp cheddar and monterey jack blend, grated
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 oz tortilla chips
  • ¼ tsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 pinch chili flakes


  1. In a large bowl, combine chicken broth, lemon juice, sugar, and cornstarch. Mix until cornstarch has dissolved then set aside.
  2. In a deep skillet or large pot, heat oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the onions, bell peppers, and garlic. Saute until translucent.
  4. Add the chili powder, cumin, paprika, dried basil, curry powder, and oregano. Roast briefly.
  5. Deglaze with beer and reduce briefly.
  6. Add tomatillos, diced green chiles, and the chicken broth mixture. Bring this to a boil.
  7. Add the beans and chicken and simmer for roughly 10 minutes, or until the chili has thickened and reduced slightly, and the flavors intensify.
  8. Once your chili has reduced, add the chocolate sauce and stir to combine.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust accordingly.
  10. Garnish your chili with cilantro, cheese, sour cream and a pinch of chili flakes. Serve with tortilla chips on the side!


  • Sugar: 6g
  • :
  • Calcium: 116mg
  • Calories: 468kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 41g
  • Cholesterol: 109mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Fiber: 12g
  • Iron: 6mg
  • Potassium: 1287mg
  • Protein: 47g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Sodium: 778mg
  • Vitamin A: 1648IU
  • Vitamin C: 34mg
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