Barefoot Contessa’s Chicken Chili

Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 1/4 hr
Serves: 6, Yield: 6

About This Recipe:
I LOVE this chili.  For some extra fiber you could add a white bean (garbanzo or white pinto beans for example) but I like it just the way it is. To make it a little easier and quicker, I use boneless, skinless chicken breast instead. All said, it’s a little time-consuming, but well worth it. Top with chopped avocado -yum!


  • 4 cups chopped yellow onions ( 3 onions)
  • 1/8 cup olive oil, plus extra
  • olive oil, 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
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for chicken
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans tomatoes, undrained ( plum tomatoes in puree suggested)
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil leaves
  • 4 chicken breast halves, bone in, skin on
  • fresh ground black pepper


  1. 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. Crush the tomatoes by hand or in batches in a food processor fitted with a steel blade (pulse 6 to 8 times). Add to the pot with the basil. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. 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.
  • Brad MacKenzie September 25, 2014, 6:31 pm

    That is wonderful! I’m doing my best Pavlov’s dog imitation right now. I think I’m already conditioned to want to try any idea or recipe you put up here!


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