8 CAN CHICKEN CHILI
No one hate me for this recipe, because although it uses all canned ingredients, it is so ridiculously easy and surprisingly delicious. Like almost better than a chicken chili that cooks all day.
I am the type of cook that loves homemade, fully from scratch recipes but I also really love those super easy recipes that you can count on for busy nights. It's much healthier than hitting up the drive-thru, even with all the cans 🙂
I posted this 7 can chicken taco soup a couple years ago on the blog and it is still one of the most popular recipes. Just like today's recipe it is literally 7 cans plus seasonings, that simmer on the stove top.
My son has karate twice a week and we don't get back to the house until 5:45. I hurried and made this 8 can chicken chili on the stove top and we were eating it a little after 6:00. It's not only quick & easy, but it is a very inexpensive dinner and it's so good.
You may be hesitant of the canned chili but don't be! I was too but if you get a good quality brand of canned chicken breasts then you can't tell the difference when it's in the soup.
I love the canned chicken at Costco. The quality is amazing, it flakes easily, and it's not overly salty. If you have a Costco membership I would definitely recommend buying their canned chicken. I keep it on hand specifically for this 8 can chicken chili and the 7 can chicken taco soup.
Ingredients for 8 can chicken chili
All the cans are the standard size cans of 15-16 ounces, unless noted in the recipe below.
Here are the canned items you will need:
- 1 can chicken broth
- 4 oz can of diced green chilies
- 2 cans of chili beans - pinto beans in chili sauce and/or great northern white chili beans (click on link to see a visual)
- 1 can of white corn (or yellow works fine)
- 12.5 oz can of chicken breast
- 8 oz can of tomato sauce
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes
- garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and cumin
No seasoning packets needed for this chicken chili! It is not spicy at all. If you are worried about the heat/spice level then just don't use the entire can of green chilies. I made the recipe as is and my kids gobbled it up. No complaints of spiciness.
It also helps to top it with all the toppings. The must-haves are shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado slices, and tortilla chips. Kids (and adults!) will love to dip chips in this chili.
8 Can Chicken Chili
- 1 can chicken broth
- 1 can (4.5 oz) diced green chilies
- 1 can (12.5 oz) chicken breast (drained & flaked)
- 2 cans chili beans (do not drain)
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes (do not drain)
- 1 can white corn (lightly drained)
- 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- sour cream
- shredded cheese
- avocado slices
- tortilla chips
- In a large pot, over medium-high heat, combine all ingredients and stir together. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Garnish with toppings and enjoy!
- ** We don't care for the texture of green chilies so I combine the chicken broth and the diced green chilies in a blender, and blend them up. This will make it so there are no chunks of green chilies in the soup. This is not necessary but an option if you prefer.
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