Red Chicken Chili with Tomatoes

Red Chicken Chili with Tomatoes

I love this red chicken chili with tomatoes recipe because it is lower in calories than a beef based chili yet it offers all the wonderful flavors you would expect from chili. Make it as mild as you wish or as spicy as you dare, and enjoy the fresh flavors it boasts.

This red chicken chili with tomatoes recipe is so easy to put together. You just need to cook the chicken with the veggies, then add the other ingredients and let the mixture simmer for 45 minutes or so. That is all you need to do to make it.

Kids love chili just as much as the grownups although they aren’t usually so keen on spice, so if you are making this for the whole family you might like to reduce the spices and then people can add extra chilies or chili powder at the table if they so wish.

Red Chicken Chili with Tomatoes: A Healthy Option for Dinner

There are plenty of nutrients in this colorful recipe, lots of vitamins and minerals. So if you are looking for comfort food which is low in calories and offers a fantastic flavor, make this and you will certainly not be disappointed.

Chili made using beef is also healthy but because beef is higher in calories (and fat) than chicken, you might want to use chicken instead and make the recipe this way. Turkey is another option. Here we can buy a mix which is half ground chicken and half ground turkey and that is especially flavorful.

Delicious Side Dishes for Red Chicken Chili with Tomatoes

Crockpot Chicken ChiliServe red chicken chili with tomatoes along with cornbread, rice, pasta or a baked potato, as you prefer. Chili is such a nice meal to make any time of the year. Although it is perhaps particularly great during the fall or winter, you can serve it anytime you want.

Sometimes it is nice to have a spicy dish every now and then, and this is full of wonderful chili flavors even if you opt not to make it very spicy.

Lovely Flavor Accents

The oregano, cumin and chili powder flavor the dish, while the jalapeno adds a fresh spicy accent. Sometimes it is nice to add a square of dark chocolate when making beef chili but that might not go so well with a chicken based dish.

You can see in this photo how the chicken chili will look in the pot. Once all the ingredients are in there just leave it to simmer gently, giving it a stir every once in a while to ensure it cooks evenly. The flavors will blend beautifully during cooking.

Easy Crockpot Chicken Chili

If you want to make red chicken chili with tomatoes in the crockpot then that is also fine. Give it a few hours on low to blend the flavors, and ensure the chicken is cooked through before adding it to the crockpot along with everything else.

The resulting red chicken chili with tomatoes will be just as good but if you are heading out for a few hours and can’t keep an eye on it the crockpot option might be the better one.

I serve my red chicken chili with tomatoes with rice usually but sometimes I like to add some pasta and either guacamole or some fresh avocado slices to reinforce the meal with a distinct Mexican touch.


Red Chicken Chili with Tomatoes

Add a twist to your chili con carne by making it ‘chili con pollo’ instead which means chicken chili. Some chicken chilies are white or green but this one features tomatoes for a more typical flavor.

  • Author: Victoria Haneveer
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 pound (225g) ground chicken or turkey
  • 1/2 chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 chopped yellow onion
  • 1 chopped jalapeno (optional)
  • 14 oz (400g) chopped tomatoes in juice
  • 7 oz (200g) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 oz (115g) corn kernels, drained and rinsed (optional)
  • 4 oz (115g) tomato sauce or passata
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (or, to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over a medium-high heat.
  2. Add the ground chicken, bell pepper and onion.
  3. Cook until the onion is crisp-tender and the chicken is no longer pink.
  4. Stir in all the other ingredients.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil then turn the heat down and simmer for 45 minutes uncovered.
  6. Stir the chili every now and then.


  • Calories: 250 per serving

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