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When the weather turns cool, I frequently cook up my favorite classic chili recipe. Often, I love to shake things up by adding this out of the ordinary, scrumptious Chicken and Bell Pepper Chili to our dinner menu!

Chicken and Bell Pepper Chili in a white bowl.

Chicken and Bell Pepper Chili

This Chicken and Bell Pepper Chili made its debut at a Super Bowl party we hosted eons ago. The crowd went nuts and I had numerous recipe requests. This was back in what my kids might refer to as the Stone Age, before most of my friends used the Internet.  I printed off copies of the Ina Garten recipe and dropped them in the party goers’ mailboxes. Years later, I made a batch for a family dealing with health issues. The husband, a self proclaimed foodie, told Bill he wasn’t too excited when he heard my dinner delivery was “chicken chili.” But he changed his tune after sampling this splendid version.

This is a bit more sophisticated than your usual chicken chili, but still simple to throw together. I had to print off recipes for nearly every guest.  I guess you expect that with a wonderful Ina Garten recipe.

When our beloved Packers finally made it to the big game, this seemed like the perfect Super Sunday dinner. Our Packer lights were positioned around the doors, our not so attractive Packer gnome was facing the TV, and Lambeau (named after Curly Lambeau…a very famous Green Bay Packer player and coach) was around for good luck. The family was a bunch of nervous wrecks, and I had to snake off to the kitchen to escape the shouting, groaning and arm chair refereeing!

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Ina’s basic recipe can easily be tweaked depending on your tolerance for heat. The recipe, as written, has crushed red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper. I serve ours with sour cream for the hubby’s tender palate, but my boys didn’t mind it simply topped with cheese and tortilla chips. Add some frozen corn and/or black beans if you’d like…I think you’ll find this is a marvelous change from your typical chicken chili.

This week, the Sunday Supper crew is having a Chili Cook-Off! It is definitely chili weather…a piping hot bowl of spicy chili is the perfect way to warm up your freezing self from the inside out. Scroll through all the magnificent recipes…and be sure to vote for your favorite recipe using the link below. The winner will receive a free ticket to the Food and Wine Conference this summer! Fingers crossed that it’s me 🙂

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Chicken and Bell Pepper Chili | This unusual, pepper filled chicken chili is ALWAYS a hit!

Chicken and Bell Pepper Chili

This unusual, pepper filled chicken chili is ALWAYS a hit!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Entree, Soup, Chicken
  • Method: Saute, Simmer
  • Cuisine: Entree, Soup


  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 bell peppers, chopped (I used 2 red, 1 orange, 1 yellow
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 28-ounce cans whole peeled plum tomatoes with juice, I use San Marzano
  • 1/4 cup basil, minced
  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Tortilla chips, to garnish
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, to garnish
  • Sour cream, to garnish


  • Cook the onions in the olive oil till translucent, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add peppers and seasonings (except for fresh basil)and cook for about a minute. Add tomatoes with juice, and use spatula to cut into bite sized pieces. Cook about 20 minutes. Add chicken and basil and simmer about 20 more minutes.
  • Serve with tortilla chips, shredded cheese and sour cream.


Adapted from Ina Garten.


  • Calories: 309kcal
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 578mg
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 16g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 41g
  • Cholesterol: 124mg

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73 comments on “Chicken and Bell Pepper Chili #SundaySupper”

  1. Yummy! That’s a colorful dish. I like chicken and capsicum combination.

  2. This sounds extremely tasty … I would definitely put the sour cream on top! Thanks for the chili list as well … so useful and I’m going to book-mark it for later!

  3. I know I’ll love this! I’m putting peppers on my list:@)

  4. What colorful and chunky chili! I can see why it would be a hit.

  5. Love how big and chunky this chili is and so full of wonderful ingredients!!!

  6. Love all the gorgeous colors! And I love making chili a little extra spicy then topping with sour cream or greek yogurt.

  7. LOVE that burst of color in your chili, Liz! Oh my gosh… winner, winner, chicken chili for dinner! 🙂
    PINNED to my Chili Creations board 🙂

  8. Anytime our two Bill’s give a recipe a ‘thumb’s up!’ is a guarantee of deliciousness! We’d love this chili, Liz, and I know that my Bill would agree with your Bill!

  9. Just love the colors of your chili, Liz. So, so pretty. I don’t know where you find the time to do what you all do, but you do it all so very well, and make it look effortless to boot! Nice recipe!

  10. Liz!
    love the big chunks of chicken and bell peppers! and you can’t go wrong with an Ina recipe! love this!

  11. Always looking for a good Chicken Chili recipe and I heart Ina! I can’t wait to try this out. Pinned for next week when Hubs gets back in town!

  12. What a beautiful bowl of chili! I love chicken and you know me and peppers! This is so perfect Liz!!

  13. Chicken chili can be seriously good stuff. In fact I have a batch in the freezer right now! I love all the colors in yours — so attractive. And I’m a big fan of adding frozen corn to chili — just put it in maybe 10 minutes before you want to serve the chili, and the corn will be perfectly cooked. Anyway, this is super. 😉 Thanks.

  14. This looks really delicious — I love these kind of Tex-Mex chilis/soups. I love to put toppings on them like cheese, sour cream, green onions, corn chips, etc, etc. Yum!

  15. That looks incredibly good Liz, I wish I had taken chicken out of the freezer for supper tonight instead…I’ll have to make this tomorrow night. YUM.

  16. Bright color, bold flavor and adaptability…what’s not to love? Pinning this for good measure. I smiled at how you got your family friend to turn his thinking around. Speaking of thoughts, sending good ones your way. Take care, Liz.

  17. I just had chili the other week because everywhere I turned there was a new recipe. I couldn’t resist. Now look at all of these! Looks like I will be having some more soon. Chili really is the ultimate winter food.

  18. I love that it’s chicken chunks and not ground. Yummy and hearty! And the peppers? HEALTHY!

  19. I love love love chicken chili, I love how different this version is! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Chicken and capsicum or bell peppers… a favourite of mine, Liz. Love the vibrant colours of the dish too!

  21. I am yet to try a chicken chili and this is going to be the first one I will cook! It looks so good and your pictures are so beautiful Lizzy!

  22. I love the big chunks in your chili! It looks so hearty and comforting…

  23. I love chili, your recipe looks delicious!! 🙂

    Michael 😉
    Recent post Sloppy Joe’s –

  24. What a bright and colorful chili!

  25. Oh yummy chunky chicken. I always enjoyed chili that was more chunks than liquid – yummm!

  26. All these chili recipes are just wonderful! Chicken and Bell Peppers are always wonderful together and in a chili it sounds great!

  27. I’ve made chili many times, but never chicken chili. This recipe looks like a keeper!

  28. Ina’s chili has been my go-to chili for years. EVERYONE loves it!!!

  29. I love the color and those bright bell peppers. I can absolutely see why everyone loved it.

  30. We love chilli! This is a really warming and comforting meal.
    Have a wonderful week ahead, Liz.

  31. Now that looks like a very yummy dinner. What delicious flavours. I love how it can be versatile as well by adding a bit of this or that. And it’s so good to hear that this is a meal everyone in your family enjoyed. A keeper for sure! xx

  32. Ha I love proving people wrong when they think they know what a dish is going to taste like before they try it.

  33. Is everyone on recovery? Sending some positive thoughts your way… This chili looks like the perfect way to warm up from the warmth of the chili bowl and the chili heat.

  34. The bell peppers make your chili so gorgeous! I love the colors.

  35. Such a colorful and delicious looking Chili Liz! I would go for seconds and thirds 🙂 Sending you warm hugs for a enduring a difficult time and wishing for a speedy recovery!xo

  36. Love all those chunks of pepper and chicken.

  37. Once upon a time I swore I would never eat chicken chili. My how the times have changed!

  38. Lizzy,
    Your chili got my vote. Hope you win.

  39. So many good chilis listed. But this looks like a winner in my book!

  40. Voted for your yummy chicken chili à la Ina! Looking forward to seeing you at the F & Wine Conference, Liz =)

  41. What a lovely chili! I know I can always trust an Ina recipe, especially one with such stellar reviews!

  42. I love this colorful chili, the peppers add such appeal!

  43. This sounds so lovely, Liz. I chuckled at the stone age reference 🙂

    Oh, and I am glad to hear that my husband is not the only one with a tender palate 😉

  44. I love this version of chicken chili…it’s nice to have a healthier version as an option…especially for a chili lover like me!

  45. Looks and sounds wonderfully delicious! A perfect comfort food for a cold winters day!

  46. Love chili especially during this time of year. This looks incredible with all the bell peppers – a hot bowl sounds perfect to warm up with 🙂

  47. Hi Liz,

    Sounds really delicious. I think I have voted. Should there be something to acknowledge the vote once you click on the little star?

    Fingers x’d for your lovely dish.

  48. Hi Liz,

    Sounds really delicious. I think I have voted. Should there be something to acknowledge the vote once you click on the little star?

    Fingers x’d for your lovely dish.

  49. Chicken and Bell Pepper Chili from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

  50. Love the big chunks of veggies here 🙂

  51. Fabulous! Great alternative to “regular” chili. I made a half recipe and it would still serve at least 4. Yummy. A keeper!

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