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This hearty, healthy and satisfying no-bean chicken chili recipe is perfect for a chilly winter evening and a hungry tummy.

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten.  I did y’all a favor and kicked it up a notch.


  • 4 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 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for chicken
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans crushed peeled plum tomatoes in puree, undrained (mine had basil leaves for flavor in the puree)
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro (plus extra chopped for garnish)
  • 4 split chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For serving:

  • Chopped green onions, chopped cilantro, Fritos or other corn chips


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. Add the tomatoes and puree to the pot with the basil and cilantro. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 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. Let cool slightly. Separate the meat from the bones and skin and cut it into 3/4-inch chunks. Add to the chili and simmer, uncovered, for another 20 minutes.

Serve with the toppings, or refrigerate and reheat gently before serving.

Top with a few Frito scoops {btw I LOOOOVE Fritos}, cilantro and green onions. Everything but the fritos is healthy, but indulging a little bit from time to time is no biggie.