Tomato Chicken Chili


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Tomato Chicken Chili recipe by Barefeet In The KitchenThe same day that I saw Mel post this recipe, I immediately added whole tomatoes to my shopping list. White Chicken Chili is one of my family’s favorite recipes and I expected this soup to be just as delicious. It does not disappoint.

This soup is almost unbelievably flavorful. The whole tomatoes provide a deeper flavor than the more typical diced or crushed varieties. The red pepper flakes and the cayenne can all be adjusted for your spice preference.

The amounts listed in the recipe were perfect for my family with enough heat to deepen the flavor without actually burning your mouth.

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Tomato Chicken Chili

Recipe adapted from and with thanks to Mel's Kitchen Cafe
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 large colored bell peppers I used red and yellow
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder I used NM red chile
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes adjust to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper adjust to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil or 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 28 ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 3 cups cooked and diced or shredded chicken
  • Optional toppings: finely chopped onions shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado, corn chips or crushed tortilla chips


  • In a soup pot, warm the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, tender and slightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute. Add the bell peppers and the dried spices. Cook the the peppers for a minute or two, and then add the tomatoes. Crush the tomatoes quickly; squeezing them with your hands while they are still cool or using the back of a spoon or with a few pulses of an immersion blender. Add the chicken and bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for 20 minutes.
  • After simmering, add the basil (if using fresh basil) and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Serve with the toppings of your choice if desired. Enjoy!
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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    • karen marie says

      Yes, yes, I was totally blown away by the white chicken chili recipe! Maybe I'll make this tonight …

  1. Big Dude says

    Looks really good Mary and it's sure soup weather here this week – Bev made a big pot of chili yesterday for us to eat on this week plus some in the freezer.

    • Mary says

      The whole tomatoes give the soup a much deeper flavor. This soup was one of the first times I used them like this and it really does make a difference.