Smoky Chicken Chili

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Smoky Chicken Chili. No smoker required!! Pulled chicken chili w beans, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onions & stock. Perfect winter soup!


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15 Min
2 Hr 35 Min
Stove Top



  • 3 Tbsp
    liquid smoke
  • 1
    whole raw chicken, organs discarded, rinsed & patted
  • 2 tsp
    smoked salt, plus more to season the chicken
  • ·
  • 1 1/2 c
    chicken stock
  • 1
    roasting pan with a rack and lid

  • 1
    whole smoked chicken, meat pulled
  • 1
    large onion, chopped
  • 1
    red pepper, chopped (seeds & membranes removed)
  • 2
    poblano peppers, chopped (seeds & membranes removed)
  • 2
    jalapeno peppers, chopped (seeds & membranes removed)
  • 4
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 c
    finely chopped cilantro (more for garnish)
  • 2 can(s)
    small white beans (navy or great northern), drained & rinsed
  • 1 can(s)
    black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can(s)
    fire roasted tomatoes
  • 5 c
    chicken stock
  • 1 c
    juices from smoked chicken pan
  • 2 tsp
    smoked salt
  • 1 Tbsp
    smoked paprika (2 tablespoons if not using a smoked bird)
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    chili powder (ideally smoked chili powder)
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 tsp

How to Make Smoky Chicken Chili


  1. For the smoked chicken:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use a roasting pan that has a rack and a lid. Mix chicken stock, liquid smoke and 2 teaspoons smoked salt in the bottom of the pan.

    2. Place the rack in the pan, then put the prepped chicken on top of it. Season the chicken with more smoked salt and pepper, close the lid turn the oven down to 325 and cooked for 2 hours.

    3. Allow the chicken to cool for about 20 minutes, then pull into one-inch chunks using two forks or by hand. Set aside.
  2. For the chili:
    1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a soup pot on medium heat. Add the onions, poblano peppers, red peppers, jalapeño peppers, and season with 1 teaspoon of the smoked salt. Sauté for 6 minutes. Mix in the garlic and sauté for 1 more mine. Add in all the spices along with the other teaspoon of smoked salt, and let cook for another minute.

    2. Mix in the cilantro, beans, tomatoes, and stock then bring up to a boil.

    3. Turn down to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.

    4. Gently fold in the pulled smoked chicken and simmer without stirring for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit 10 minutes. Serve warm with chopped cilantro, diced green onions, chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese and sour cream.

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