Easy Red Chicken Chili (with Shredded Chicken)

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This Easy Red Chicken Chili is made with shredded rotisserie chicken and is such a cinch to pull together! It’s cozy, delicious, and takes only 30 minutes! It’s a healthy meal prep option, too!

Red chicken chili made with shredded chicken in a bowl, with lots of chili toppings.

A warm, comforting bowl of chili is just perfection on chilly days! My chili con carne is one of my easy go-to chili recipes–it’s super easy and leftovers are AMAZING to make these chili con carne nachos!

This red chicken chili is made with shredded chicken and is SUCH a cinch to make, even on a busy weeknight! It all comes together in about 30 minutes!

Leftovers are fantastic for lunch and you can also whip up a batch for a healthy meal prep! Pile on your favorite toppings and get ready to enjoy this hearty red chicken chili! Need topping ideas?? Check out these 50+ Delicious Toppings for Chili!

Need another comforting meal? Try this super Easy Crockpot Taco Soup (you can make it on the stovetop, too!) or my tried and true classic, three-bean chili (crockpot or stovetop!) Last, here is another super easy chicken chili recipe that’s made with ground chicken and takes about 30 minutes!!


  • Super easy recipe to make!
  • Cozy, delicious chili that’s done in 30 minutes!
  • Great for a healthy meal prep!
  • Freezes up great! Make a double batch and freeze half for later!


You’ll need the following ingredients to make this delicious Red Chicken Chili Recipe (with shredded chicken):


Shredded Chicken: Using rotisserie chicken breast or leftover chicken is the easiest option. You can also cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a pan and dice them up. My absolute favorite way to get perfect shredded chicken is in the air fryer...such a game changer!

Beans: I love black beans but feel free to use your favorite variety or leave them out!


Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the recipe card below!

Step 1: Cook onion and garlic in a large pot.

Onions and garlic cooking in a large white. dutch oven.

Step 2: Add in the remaining ingredients: chicken, tomatoes, beans, broth, corn, chili powder, and pepper.

All other chili ingredients being added to the pot like chicken, beans, corn.

Step 3: Simmer for 20 minutes and allow the flavors to marry.

The red chicken chili when it is simmering on the stove.

Step 4: Top bowls of chili with your favorite chili toppings!

A white bowl of red chicken chili with sour cream and chips on top.

This dish freezes up so well! Make a double batch of chili and freeze half for easy dinners or lunches later!


  • Reheating: Reheat in the microwave or in a pan over the stove on medium heat until warmed through. You may want to add a splash of chicken stock to thin it out a bit.

  • Freezing: This red chili recipe freezes up great! Let chili cool completely. Then transfer to a freezer-safe zip-top bag, seal tightly and freeze flat for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat according to reheating instructions above.


Here are a few additions you can try:

  • Veggies: Red bell pepper and green and yellow bell peppers are both great additions. Add them in when you’re cooking the onions.

  • Spice/Heat: For a smokey flavor, add a teaspoon of ground cumin. For extra heat, add red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.

Here are a few substitutions you can make:

  • Shredded Chicken: Using rotisserie chicken breast or leftover chicken is the easiest option. You can also cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a pan and dice them up! OR leave out the chicken and make it a veggie chili adding more beans and veggies!

  • Chili Powder: No chili powder? You can use taco seasoning!

  • Black Beans: Use your favorite type of canned beans. Kidney beans, white beans (cannellini beans), and pinto beans (or a combo of these!) are great options.


Can I use chicken stock instead of broth in chili?

Yes! In fact, I highly recommend using stock instead of broth because the stock has a deeper flavor. Chicken bone broth is also a great option!

How can you make this chili thicker?

Two ways:
1. Simmer the chili, uncovered until desired thickness is reached. Chili with thicken as it simmers.

2. Cornstarch! But DO NOT add cornstarch directly into the hot chili–you will get all kinds of ugly lumps. Instead, add 1 tbsp of cornstarch to 2 tbsp cold chicken stock. Whisk together and add the slurry to your chili.

What can I serve with this red chicken chili recipe?

Cornbread, bread sticks, tortilla chips and salsa, or a simple arugula salad are all great options!

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Red chicken chili made with shredded chicken in a bowl, with lots of chili toppings.


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I hope you love this Easy Red Chicken Chili! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Easy Red Chicken Chili (with shredded chicken)

Casey Rooney
This Easy Red Chicken Chili is made with shredded rotisserie chicken and is such a cinch to pull together! It's cozy, delicious and takes only 30 minutes! It's a heathy meal prep option, too!
4.86 from 21 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 209 kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced the best garlic chopper!
  • 3 cups rotisserie chicken breast, shredded
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles such as Rotel
  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn canned corn (drained) is OK, too!
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • your favorite chili toppings, for serving (shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, fresh cilantro, green onions, avocado, tortilla chips)


  • Saute: In a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add onions and saute until they begin to turn golden (4-5 minutes). Add garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add: Add remaining ingredients: shredded chicken, both cans of diced tomatoes, black beans, chicken stock, corn, chili powder and pepper. Give everything a big stir to combine.
  • Simmer: Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium-low heat and simmer chili for about 20 minutes.
  • Finish: Serve hot with your favorite toppings. Some ideas: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, fresh cilantro, green onions, avocado and tortilla chips.


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Calories: 209kcalCarbohydrates: 26.3gProtein: 14.5gFat: 6.5gSaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 918mgPotassium: 732mgFiber: 6.8gSugar: 9.6gCalcium: 75mgIron: 3mg
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  1. This was fabulous! We topped it with plenty of avocado and tortilla chips and it was the perfect cozy dinner for the cooler days that we’re having. Looking forward to eating the leftovers for lunch!

  2. 5 stars
    I can’t believe how easy this recipe is! Perfect for a busy weeknight meal. The kids love it too! I put lots of sour cream and cheddar on mine. I think I actually like chili with chicken better than chili with beef.

  3. 5 stars
    Easy and wholesome recipes are my favorite and this one was just that! So easy to make with so much flavor. I added avocado and cilantro to the top and it was perfect! Great recipe!