BBQ Chicken Chili

4.50 from 2 votes

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For my BBQ Chicken Chili I decided instead of chunks of ground beef or steak, I would use chopped BBQ chicken and add it to one of my favorite chili recipes with an extra bump in bean power coming from chickpeas. Chili powder, chipotle, beer and other spices round out this spicy good family favorite.

BBQ Chicken Chili

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Besides the chickpeas, red and black beans this needs a protein, and BBQ chicken was my first choice. Tender chunks of BBQ chicken mixed into the chickpea chili would be perfect. Feel free to use your favorite BBQ sauce of choice here.

BBQ Chicken Chili

Besides grilling, foods like chili are perfect for Game Day snacking, potlucks, parties and feed a large crowd inexpensively.

I love the mix of red and black beans with the chickpea. Beautiful textures and they take on flavor well.

BBQ Chicken Chili

Diced chunks of BBQ chicken all slathered and grilled for the perfect bite each time you grab a spoonful.

Fire roasted tomatoes, chipotle peppers, jalapeños and more go into the mix. Warm spices like chili powder, cumin and Mexican oregano add the perfect balance in this BBQ Chicken Chili.

BBQ Chicken Chili

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BBQ Chicken Chili

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A bowl of bbq chicken chili

BBQ Chicken Chili

4.50 from 2 votes
For my BBQ Chicken Chili I decided instead of chunks of ground beef or steak, I would use chopped BBQ chicken and add it to one of my favorite chili recipes with an extra bump in bean power coming from chickpeas. Chili powder, chipotle, beer and other spices round out this spicy good family favorite.
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 40 minutes
Total: 1 hour 55 minutes



  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno slices
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili seasoning
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 chipotle pepper minced
  • 1 tbsp adobo sauce that chipotle comes in
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 light beer Corona
  • 15.5 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 15.5 oz can red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 15.5 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 - 14 oz cans fire roasted tomatoes
  • 12 oz tomato paste



  • In a large stock pot over medium heat add the oil and sauté the onion for 5 minutes. Add the jalapeños and garlic and continue cooking for 3 minutes. Deglaze pot with Worcestershire sauce and stir to pick up browned bits on bottom of pot.
  • Next add the remaining ingredients through tomato paste, stir to combine, cover and simmer on low for 1 1/2 hours. If there is too much liquid at this time, simmer to reduce with lid off for 15 minutes.
  • While chili cooks start BBQ grill and heat to 350°F. Grill chicken breasts on each side, basting on each turn with your favorite BBQ sauce. I start with 3 minutes on one side with closed lid. Turn, baste, cover for 5 minutes more. Turn once again, baste, cover for 2-3 more minutes or until internal temp reaches 160°-165°F. Remove from grill and rest 5 minutes. Chop into bite sized pieces and add to chili.
  • Serve topped with a dollop of sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and chopped cilantro (optional).


Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 956mg | Potassium: 669mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1195IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 4mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: American, Tex Mex, Western
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  1. 5 stars
    Wonderful chili. To fit into a busy schedule I let it simmer on low in a slow-cooker before adding chopped rotisserie chicken and a little BBQ sauce at the end. Loved the flavors and heat. (Pumped up the chipotle and pickled jalapeños a bit.)

    1. Fantastic! I am always up for add ons like the chopped jalapeños. Thanks for taking the time to let me know Steve. Cheers!

  2. When I saw this recipe I initially thought “probably won’t make that.” Then I read it and DAaaaaNG it sounds good! Think I might actually try this one tonight. Thanks Kevin!