This recipe was passed down from a friend, and now it is one of our favorites! It's great to make whenever there is left over chicken or turkey around! We pray for colder weather in California just so we can make this soup! You can substitute additional diced tomatoes for the tomatillos. If you would like the soup to be spicier, you can add some red chili flakes or salsa. Serve with these toppings for people to choose from: limes, cilantro, cheese, avocado, sour cream, and tortilla chips.



Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


  • Heat oil, and cook onion and garlic until soft.

  • Stir in broth, tomatillos, tomatoes, chilies, and spices. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Add corn, chicken, and beans; simmer 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Partner Tip

Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

220 calories; 6.1 g total fat; 40 mg cholesterol; 786 mg sodium. 21.2 g carbohydrates; 20.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (941)

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1236 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 945
  • 4 star values: 231
  • 3 star values: 43
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
This is my favorite chili recipe not only because its incredibly delicious but because its one of the healthiest entrees you can make. I followed others' suggestions and added 2 tablespoons of cornstarch 2 diced jalapenos (some said this was a little too hot but I thought it just about right) canned corn instead of fresh and salsa verde instead of canned tomatillos. One thing to remember is that the quality of the Salsa Verde (or tomatillos) is very important as it is perhaps the predominant flavor. Make sure to use a good quality salsa--that is one you really enjoy on its own. I prefer Target's "Archer Farms Salsa Verde" which is about 3 for 24oz. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was great! After reading most of the comments I substituted a bottle of salsa verde for the tomatillos used two cans of diced tomatoes with chilis instead of the plain tomatoes used a fresh jalapeno instead of the canned chilis added a little extra broth and added 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch. I put it all in the crock pot and let it cook for about 8 hours on low. Garnished the bowls with sour cream and cheddar cheese. It was fabulous! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Another Cook off winner to add to this recipe. I doctored it a bit too: I used the jar of Salsa verde extra green chili's fire roasted diced tomatoes LOTS of cumin and some chili powder as well. I heated the spices in the oil before adding both cubed and ground chicken. I used the ground chicken for texture - more traditional chili style and added a touch a cream. MMmmmm. Thanks to other reviews I was ready with the corn starch to thicken it up so it wasn't as soupy. I would like to say I loved it - but by time I made my way back to the table to have some it was GONE. I don't think it lasted 15 minutes!! I WILL cook this again I would like to have more than just a sample spoon full... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I would give this 6 stars if I could! A few minor changes include canned corn 2 cans of beans salsa verde instead of tomatillos and some thickening with 3 tablespoons of cornstarch in 1/2 c milk all were suggestions from other reviews. I also simmered it for an hour. It is a nice change from the slow cooker taco soup that is also wonderful! I am adding this last sentence after reading a more recent review by someone else who added lime to the chili and felt that it made it bitter....if you read the recipe again you will see that they suggest lime slices as a garnish:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I've been making this chili for 2-3 years and EVERYONE who eats it asks for the recipe. I add more beans and chicken to make it thicker and heartier and serve bowls of the chili with grated cheese onions tomatoes and sour cream as toppings but without all the sour cream it even meets weight watchers criteria. I've had trouble finding tomatillos so I have substituted using green enchilada sauce or green salsa. Still SCRUMPTIOUS! My husband has prepared this chili for camping trips. It's still perfect after having been frozen! Try it. You won't be sorry. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Mui Bien! Of course I had to do it "my way". 1. Used 2 nice large hand trimmed chicken breasts. 2. Patted them down with Emeril's Southwestern Essence and lightly seared with onions and some bell pepper. 3. Poured in the chicken stock two cans of Rotel Tomatoes w/ Lime & Cilantro and a large jar of La Victoria Salsa Verde and added the spices (plus a bay leaf). 4. Simmered the breast 40 minutes then pulled out and shredded. 5. Returned to pot and added beans & a large can of sweet corn. 6. Cooked the chili down several hours and added a couple of cubes of chicken broth and vegetable broth along the way with some water and cornstarch. This is a GREAT healthy chili with an interesting flavor which we all enjoyed and I will make again. This is NOT a recipe I will share as good chili recipes are "sacred". Ha! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I was making this recipe for a friend who just had surgery. After I filled the container that I was taking her there was enough for my husband and I to each have a bowl. My husband tasted it looked up and said this is a keeper! I never thought I would be a fan of chicken chili but this is fantastic. Because we re giving it away I didn t add any of the suggested toppings I just didn t have any in the house but it was wonderful without any! I couldn't find tomatillos so I added diced tomatoes it their place. That was the only thing I changed. This is going to be a new staple in our household and the fact that it's healthy is a real plus! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I won the office chili cookoff with this recipe. Used fresh everything - includnig the tomatillo tomatoes and chiles. Also threw in one small habanero. The dish is colorful and wonderful! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was simple and very good. I made it for house guests. We had 5 adults and we ate it all up even though the recipe says it serves 9. We did have seconds though. I substituted Salsa Verde for the tomatillos used 1 & 1/2 lbs chicken meat and doubled the white beans because otherwise it would have seemed a bit soupy and less chunky. This had a nice spicy bite to it but was not too much. I didn't need to add any salt at all because it was just perfect. I am now going to add this recipe to my regular rotation. Read More