Jalapeño Popper Chicken Chili

I’ve had this Jalapeño Popper Chicken Chili on my list to make for several weeks now, just waiting for the perfect opportunity to try it.  I saw it over at Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice and new I needed to try it…mostly for my husband’s sake.  I just adapted it every so slightly, according to what I had on hand.  I’m not crazy about jalapeno poppers and I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to spicy things, but I knew Brett would love it.  My in-laws were in town over the weekend so I decided it would be the perfect meal to make for them, because my father-in-law loves spicy foods just as much as Brett does.
Brett almost always sends me a text at the end of the day asking what’s for dinner.  He might have squealed a little when I text the words Jalapeño.Popper.Chicken.Chili.   His response was something like “holy crap are you kidding me?” Which was I’m sure accompanied by a squeal (while sitting at his desk at work).  I just know it.  He loves spicy, jalapeno anything about as much as I love chocolate, peanut butter anything.  Definitely squeal-worthy. 
I kept some of the jalapeño seeds and added a pinch of crushed red pepper to the chili, just for the men.  I was worried it would make it too spicy for Brett’s mom and I and we’d have to suffer through it or bail and go grab a sandwich.  It  definitely had some heat, but surprisingly, we both wanted more.  And we were all a little sad to see the bottom of the soup pot get scooped clean.  
It has the kind of heat and good, rich flavor that keeps you coming back for more, even when your mouth is slightly on fire.  I even saw a tear coming from my father-in-law eyes. Ahem, excuse me, he called it “a little bit of awesome,” not a tear.   I think that means it was pretty darn good in his book.  
Might I mention this chili has an entire brick of cream cheese in it? It does! And it makes it so creamy and delicious.  But consider yourselves warned ladies.  It is not kind on the thighs.  But an occasional meal with an entire brick of cream cheese in it is totally okay, right?  (Please tell me I’m right–I had two bowls!)
If you’re looking for an awesome chili that will literally warm you up on a cold, winter night.  This. is. it!
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili
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  1. 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1 small onion, diced
  3. 5 jalapeno peppers diced, seeds removed (leave some seeds for extra heat)
  4. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  5. salt and fresh ground black pepper
  6. 1 + 1/4 pound boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  7. 2 teaspoons chile powder
  8. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  9. 1 teaspoon oregano
  10. pinch of crushed red pepper
  11. 1 (10 oz) can dice tomatoes with green chiles
  12. 1 + 1/2 cups chicken broth
  13. 1 (14 oz) can cannelloni or navy beans, drained
  14. 1 (14 oz) can corn, drained
  15. 8 ounces cream cheese
  16. 1 pound bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled, divided
  1. In a large saucepan (deep enough for soup) heat 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil over medium heat and sauté onion, jalepeno, and garlic until tender.
  2. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, then add to the saucepan adding another tablespoon of olive oil as well. Add cumin, chili powder, oregano, and crushed red pepper. Toss chicken and seasonings together and lightly brown chicken on all sides.
  3. Stir in can of diced tomatoes, chicken broth, corn, and cannelloni beans and increase heat to bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in cream cheese and stir until completely melted. Stir in 1/2 of the crumbled bacon. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper as needed. **Add more chicken broth if too thick.
  5. Serve and garnish with cheddar cheese and the rest of the crumbled bacon.
Adapted from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice (just ever so slightly)
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  1. Becky at VintageMixer December 4, 2012

    Okay, this looks fabulous. My family is coming in town for Christmas and I must make this for them. We’re all originally from Texas so we like our food spicy!

  2. Natalie December 5, 2012

    this sounds amazing!! i can’t wait to give it a try!

  3. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction December 5, 2012

    My husband and I are the same way! He loves lots of spice. . .me, I like a little, :) He’ll love this!

  4. FoodBloggieAddict December 6, 2012

    I am going to try this on Sunday, yummy!!!

  5. Jaclyn December 9, 2012

    This seriously looks so incredible! I wish I had a bowl right now at midnight =). Pinning to try, thanks!

  6. Casey December 12, 2012

    We are going to have this tomorrow night:) Do you think it would work well in the crock pot?

    • I hope everyone likes it!! I think you could do it in the crock pot, but you’d still want to saute the onion, and garlic. Then just toss everything in the crock pot!

    • Casey December 13, 2012

      We loved it! My husband doesn’t like chili/soup but he went back for seconds and that’s a big deal:) I left out the bacon because I’m on weight watchers and I wanted it to be less points, but the flavor was still so great!

  7. Anonymous December 12, 2012

    How many does this recipe feed?

  8. Yoly Van Parys December 16, 2012

    It listed corn as an ingredient but I don’t see when you add it in the recipe,

  9. Yoly Van Parys December 16, 2012

    It listed corn as an ingredient but I don’t see in the recipe when you add it.

  10. Anonymous January 6, 2013

    Oh my gosh….this was excellent!!! Thanks for sharing

  11. Anonymous February 6, 2013

    Yum! I added garnish of cilantro and avocado….so good. Thank you:)

  12. Anonymous February 10, 2013

    Made this (for a second time:), but this time I made it in my crockpot. I think I prefer to just do it in on the stove because it wasn’t as thick in the crockpot (but it still tastes wonderful!). I know that is a personal preference but I just thought I would share! Also, I was making it for our Sunday school class, and after the first batch I was worried I wouldn’t have enough, so I bought stuff to make a second batch. I ended up buying two 10oz cans of chicken, drained it, and used that instead of fresh and it turned out really well! (I was feeling lazy)


    • Kristy Denney February 10, 2013

      Great idea! I’ll have to use canned chicken when I’m in a time crunch! And I wondered how the crock pot would turn out, glad to know I should just stick to the stove top!

  13. Alicia W March 5, 2013

    How much does this recipe yield?

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  15. Emily May 14, 2013

    This was very yummy! I loved it :) I made it even spicier. I added diced tomatoes with habeneros, and it was delish.

  16. Avett Green May 24, 2013

    This looks good. For me, I will leave out the bacon (doesn’t sound right with “chili”) and I will use either pinto or black beans instead of cannelloni beans.

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    • Amy October 20, 2013

      This soup recipe is really really good. The Instructio a were clear and the soup is delicious ! Thanks

  18. Mary September 9, 2013

    I made this soup for dinner tonight, and I have to say it was FANTABULOUS! I absolutely loved it! Thank you so much. I also cut up sprouted corn tortillas into triangles and fried them in Coconut oil and dipped them in the soup, they were a perfect pair for this soup. They would be great crumbled up and thrown in as well. I plan to make this soup often, especially since Fall has hit us here in Ontario. Thanks again.

  19. Angie September 21, 2013

    Great soup—the whole family enjoyed it! I made it a tad easier and just used the breast meat from a rotisserie chicken. Oh and plan on needing more broth–I used closer to three cups. Thanks for the great recipe!

  20. Whitney September 22, 2013

    this was ahhhmaazzzinng =]

    • Kristy September 22, 2013

      Thank you!! Glad you liked it!

  21. Julia@Happy House and Home September 29, 2013

    This looks great – pinned. I might try using fat free cream cheese – or is that just being too much of a party pooper?!?!?! Thank you for a great recipe, I can’t wait to try it. Julia (Oooh, I just thought – we are going camping over Columbus Day and it’s bound to be cold – I will make this to take with us for on cold night…)

  22. Danielle October 11, 2013

    I just made this for dinner and it was so delicious and so filling!! Perfect for this rainy, cold PA night! I served it with sour cream, guacamole, crushed tortilla chips, bacon and shredded cheese! The soup was so flavorful it really didn’t need anything extra, but my family loves toppings, lol. This soup is so filling and flavorful, cannot wait to make it again!!!

    • Kristy October 12, 2013

      so glad your family liked it!! it’s my hubby’s fav!

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  27. Jennifer December 24, 2013

    I found this recipe on Pinterest, entered it in an annual Chilli cookoff & took 1st place. This is a stellar recipe; only change I made was cooking the bacon first & then using the bacon grease in place of the olive oil. I know, less healthy, but OH MY was it DELICIOUS!

  28. allie December 29, 2013

    I’m making this today. I have a question on the chicken broth. 1 1/2 cups doesn’t make sense

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  30. JM51 January 29, 2014

    I am making this ahead of time for super bowl. Should I wait until super bowl Sunday to add the cream cheese or will it make any difference. Also it is really spicy, (I added too many jalapeno’s with seeds).
    Any suggestions how to tame it down i bit? My daughter-in-law made this for us a few months ago and we absolutely loved it!!

    • Kristy January 29, 2014

      You should be okay adding the cream cheese now! And you could try taming it down by adding a little sugar to reduce the spiciness of the jalapeno!

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  32. Wendy June 29, 2014

    We LOVED this – the only thing I do differently is I saute everything in a little bacon grease – and then only add a sprinkling of bacon to the top of each dish – that way the bacon stays crunchy – but the soup still has the bacon flavor. This is one of my favorites!

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  34. Sarah August 17, 2014

    Awesome recipe! Pretty much followed it to a T and it has the perfect amount of heat. If you wanted to make a lower fat version, you could certainly skip the bacon and it would still taste great. Very easy to make as well!

  35. Noelle September 5, 2014

    Getting ready to make this right now for the first time! My mouth is watering already.

    • Kristy September 5, 2014

      I hope you like it!

  36. Debbie October 25, 2014

    Do you think this would be good with kidney beans or red beans? Thats what I have on hand and don’t really want to go to the store. I also have chili beans, what do you think?

    • Kristy October 26, 2014

      Yeah I think it’d still be great!

  37. Diana November 2, 2014

    This stuff is absolutely delicious!

    • Kristy November 3, 2014

      Thank you! It’s a favorite of ours too!!

  38. Michelle November 5, 2014

    Love this soup! I have made it so many times! But I was wondering, is this soup freezer friendly?? Was thinking of making a batch of it and freezing it for later when I don’t have much time to cook!

    • Kristy November 6, 2014

      Thanks Michelle! I think you could definitely freeze it!

  39. Shannon November 19, 2014

    This looks great! I am trying to lose weight though, not gain :) Have you made it with any healthier substitutes?

    • Kristy November 19, 2014

      I haven’t, you could use less cream cheese though! That would definitely help!

  40. Wendy Justiss December 12, 2014

    This was wonderful! I had a bunch of jalapeño I needed to use up and this did the job. I had cooked a pot of pinto beans and used those in place of the kidney. It was great. Definitely a keep at our house.

  41. Amy January 27, 2015

    I’ve made made this recipe at least 10 times now… we absolutely love it! I made some extra and gave it to my sister and her husband and they’ve also made it quite a few times now, also. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Kristy January 27, 2015

      so glad you guys love it!!

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  43. Jessica March 28, 2015

    This was a lot of work prepping, im glad i did it a couple hours ahead of time. This chili was well worth the work though, i loved loved loved it, so yummy. Im definitely going to be making this for future guests, thankyou!

  44. John March 29, 2015

    Well this has became a staple meal at my house.. at least 1-2 times a month weird thing is it never turns out the same way twice… the spiciness anyways.. I always have to make a double batch and the leftovers if there are any never stay left over for long.. love this I have started changing it up a little though every now and then like throwing some black beans in something like that..

  45. Maribeth April 13, 2015

    I work at a midewestern liberal arts college and we just had a campus-wide chili cookoff. I made your recipe (after finding it on pinterest) and it won first place, even edging out our College President! Everyone raved about how delicious it is – thanks for sharing!

    • Kristy April 13, 2015

      Sweet!! Glad everyone liked it and congrats on winning!!

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  47. Codi Long October 24, 2015

    This has become one of my favorite soups! Just the right amount of heat and creaminess and bacon. Sooo good! Excited for cooler weather so I can make it more often!!

    • boysahoy October 25, 2015

      Thanks Codi! It’s on our menu this week, one of our favorites!

  48. Sher November 1, 2015

    Do you use a can of rotel for the diced tomatoes, or is there an actual can of diced tomatoes with green chilies in the tomato section I am supposed to be looking for? I didn’t know if there was a difference…but wanted to make sure I get this right when I make it. It looks sooooo good! Thanks.

    • Kristy {Boys Ahoy} November 2, 2015

      Rotel works!! There are also generic diced tomatoes with green chiles :) Either is fine!


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