BBQ Chicken Chili

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A delicious twist the traditional chili recipe – shredded chicken, beans and BBQ sauce simmered in one big pot with just a touch of sweetness that makes this meal Seriously Delish!

A delicious twist on traditional chili – shredded chicken, beans and BBQ sauce are simmered in one big pot which has just a touch of sweetness that makes this meal Seriously Delish!
BBQ Chicken Chili Recipe

I’m sharing this wonderful chili recipe from my friend Jessica of How Sweet It Is, who just came out with her first cookbook – Seriously Delish.  I’ve always loved reading Jessica’s blog, she’s adorable and her book is just as fun to read, filled with beautiful photos and tons of great recipe ideas.


A cookbook titled Seriously Delish with a picture of french toast with whipped cream and berries on the cover

I really wanted to make everything in her book, but I figured since it’s September, and the kids are back to school, this chili is perfect. A hearty, one pot meal that makes enough for several meals and leftovers are perfect to pack for lunch or can be frozen for another day. I didn’t make any changes to her recipe, they only thing I adjusted was the serving size – I found 1 cup to be filling and the perfect portion size.

A delicious twist on traditional chili – shredded chicken, beans and BBQ sauce are simmered in one big pot which has just a touch of sweetness that makes this meal Seriously Delish!
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BBQ Chicken Chili

237 Cals 23 Protein 22 Carbs 7 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Yield: 11 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: American
A delicious twist on traditional chili – shredded chicken, beans and BBQ sauce are simmered in one big pot which has just a touch of sweetness that makes this meal Seriously Delish!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 12 oz cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, shredded
  • 12 oz jar roasted red peppers in water, drained and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 11 tablespoons reduced fat cheddar cheese, for topping
  • chopped cilantro, for topping

Instructions

Stove Top Directions:

  • Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil, onion, jalapeño, and garlic.  Cook until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the paprika, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes.  Stir and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes.
  • Add the chicken, red peppers, beans, chicken stock, tomatoes, and barbecue sauce, stirring to combine.  Cover the pot, lower the heat to medium low, and cook for 20 minutes.  Remove the lid and taste, adjusting the seasoning to taste, if needed.  Cover and cook another 10 minutes.
  • Ladle the chili into bowls and top with cheddar cheese and cilantro. Enjoy!

Instant Pot Directions:

  • Press saute, add the olive oil, onion, jalapeño, and garlic.  Cook until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the paprika, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes.  Stir and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes.
  • Add the chicken, red peppers, beans, chicken stock, tomatoes, and barbecue sauce, stirring to combine.  Cover and cook high pressure 10 minutes (if using raw chicken, 15 minutes).  Natural release, adjusting the seasoning to taste, if needed.
  • Ladle the chili into bowls and top with cheddar cheese and cilantro. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 237kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 951mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 8g
WW Points Plus: 6
Keywords: bbq chili recipe, chicken chili, chili recipe, easy chili recipe

A pot of BBQ chicken chili with a wooden spoon
 

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113 comments

  1. My family really likes this recipe.  The only modification I would suggest is to cut the barbecue sauce down to 1/4 cup – it is less overwhelming to the recipe without losing flavour, and on calories!

  2. This is my family’s favorite chili recipe ever! The shredded chicken and the bbq sauce are such a great addition and really take chili to another level. We love eating this with a spoon or some days with a few tortilla chips! Either way, it is so delicious. 

  3. I agree with other reviewers who said this chili is more soup-like than chili. My husband loved it this way while I prefer a less liquid chili. My solution was to just spoon out more vegetables and chicken and less liquid. My pot produced a lot of liquid, and that was with the canned tomatoes being drained. I also used the full 15 ounce drained cans of both beans. 
    Overall- a wonderful, flavor-filled meal. We liked the interesting BBQ sauce take on chili.
    To reduce sodium, I used no-salt-added beans and tomatoes. 
    Husbanded said: this is a keeper!

  4. Confused about the 3 WW blue points. I’m getting 6 when I add the nutrition facts into the calculator. 

    • The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”) which does not count fruits and vegetables in recipes in the calculations as they are now 0 points.

      The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher)

  5. Should the diced tomatoes be drained?

  6. This was crazy good!  I added more red pepper flakes and some Mexican chili powder for more heat but that’s totally personal taste. Skinnytaste never disappoints!  

  7. My family LOVED this recipe! The only changes I made were omitting the red pepper flakes (my littlest one is heat sensitive and this was borderline for her without the flakes-a little bit of sour cream to the rescue!) and I added a can of corn. My husband and kids all had second helpings of this one, and I’ll for sure be adding it in to the regular rotation!