Kickin' Chicken Chili for a Chili Cook Off #SundaySupper

Ever since fall hit my mind, and cooking, has been all about soups, stews, and chili. 

I really didn't realize how much so until I went into my freezer and counted how many I had frozen. Umm I think I had about 5 different kinds of chili, with numerous soups as well.

Butttt Sunday Supper announced that we were having a Chili Cook Off competition this weekend, so back to the drawing board I went to create yet another chili for you all.

I couldn't really settle in on what I wanted to make though. I have already made White Chicken ChiliCreamy White Chicken Chili with Roasted Poblano Peppers, and Game Day Chili just to name a few. So I decided to consult my sous chef (Kevin) about any ideas he might have. 

He pointed out that I had yet to make a spicy chili. We both love spicy food, so I can't believe I hadn't come up with one yet. I was totally game for it.

 I am not talking 5 alarm chili, we do value our taste buds. But a nice chili that warms you up and maybe breaks a little sweat. Ya, that sounded good!

So off to work I went and the final product?

A chili that brings the heat, just to the edge without going to far, with a mix of jalapeno, chipotle, and cayenne. You get that heat without the burn. The perfect chili with a nice cold beer.

This is our favorite chili to date and I think it will be yours too.

Kickin' Chicken Chili 

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds ground chicken
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (I left the seeds in mine)
1 chipotle pepper in adobo, minced plus 2 tablespoons of the sauce
2 tablespoons hot sauce, (I used Franks Red Hot)
2 tablespoons hot Mexican chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (15-ounce) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15-ounce) can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained
3 cups beef stock (plus more if chili is too thick)

Suggested toppings:
Fat free Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
Chopped red onion
Sliced jalapenos
Fresh cilantro leaves
Diced tomatoes
shredded cheese

In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the ground chicken. Cook and stir occasionally until well browned all over, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic, onion, and jalapeno pepper. Cook 5 minutes. Add the chipotle pepper and sauce, hot sauce, chili powder, cumin, coriander, and cayenne pepper. Cook 2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and beans, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat so the chili is gently simmering and cook, covered, until the chili is thick, about 1 1/2 hours. Stirring occasionally. If chili becomes too thick as it cooks, add more stock.

Adjust seasonings if necessary and ladle into bowls and top with the remaining scallions and suggested toppings if desired.

Serves 6 to 8


Sunday Supper Chili Cook-OffI know there are a ton of fantastic chilis here. But we already know you are going to vote for Kickin' Chicken Chili as your favorite!!! Right? I am batting my eyes and smiling ever so sweetly!
The person with the most votes at the close of the contest is going to be winning a ticket to the 2014 Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, Florida + a $25 gift card. – See more at:
The person with the most votes at the close of the contest is going to be winning a ticket to the 2014 Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, Florida + a $25 gift card. – See more at:
The person with the most votes by Thursday Feb. 27th, which coincidentally is National Chili Day will win a ticket to the 2014 Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, Florida + a $25 gift card!!!

Will YOU be a part of the #SundaySupper Chili Cook-Off judges panel this week? Voting is live at the Sunday Supper Movement Online Community Magazine starting now and concluding (fittingly) on February 27 – National Chili Day! Browse the submissions and cast your vote by clicking HERE!
Beef and Bison Chili
Pork Chili
Chicken, Duck, and Turkey Chili
Mixed (meat combo) Chili
Fish and Seafood Chili
Vegetarian Chili
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  1. Your chili sounds fabulous. Great pictures. Good Luck!!

  2. Such a gorgeous bowl of chili! Sounds right up my alley, too!!!

  3. Never had the hot Mexican chili powder, I bet that would give a good kick. Your chili looks delish!!

  4. A nice chili that warms you up and maybe makes you break a little sweat sounds just right! love this!

  5. Wow, just beautiful!! I just love, love, love it!!

  6. I was so curious about your recipe when you posted the title in the forum. There is a wing place near me that is called Kickin' Chicken so I wondered if it was a Buffalo style. Glad to see it is kickin' from the peppers and spices. Bring on the heat!

  7. Now that is a beautiful bowl of chili, if I do say so!

  8. Some people argue about beans or no beans, to me a true chili is determined by it's ability to handle cheese on top!

  9. Ohhhh YUMMMM Bobbi! Such a delicious bowl of chili! The hotter the better for me! :-)

  10. This definitely looks a little kickin! Looks great!

  11. I love Chicken Chili! Loving your version, got to love a good kick!

  12. What a delicious chili! I've loving your topping of red onions!

  13. Yummy!! I love some heat to my chili too, though I have milder versions that I do thoroughly enjoy. Yours sounds like the perfect amount of fire!

  14. This chili looks like it would be the perfect spice level.

  15. This looks just so good - the perfect chili! ~ Bea

  16. Yummy! This is a chili I would love to have a bowl of right now! Thanks for sharing!

  17. I think I need something spicy for dinner this weekend!

  18. Perfect recipe for spicy chicken lovers.