Southwestern Chicken Chili

I had this client a few years ago. All of her food had to be gluten-free. Although I have a number of gluten-free recipes in my collection, she would ask for one particular dish over and over–and lots of it! She would want me to make 96 servings of my Turkey and Black Bean Chili for every monthly service for two years! All my clients love this chili–but I thought that was a little extreme. This recipe is based on that one–except there’s no beans and I use ground chicken.

hcg diet recipes – phase 2

Southwestern Chicken Chili

Serving Size: 8

Calories per serving: 172

Fat per serving: 2.2

7.2g carbs


  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs ground chicken breast
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, minced
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 3 Tbsp Ancho chili powder
  • 6 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 32 oz chicken broth (low sodium)
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • salt to taste


  1. Spray a stock pot with Pam.
  2. Saute onion, garlic and jalapeno over medium high heat.
  3. Add cumin, chili powder and oregano.
  4. Add chicken and cook until nearly browned.
  5. Add diced tomatoes and chicken broth.
  6. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Remove from heat. Stir in cilantro.
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56 thoughts on “Southwestern Chicken Chili

  1. Cindy

    I’m assuming that a bowl of this would constitute your meat and veggies for a meal, is that right? Just want to make sure. :)

  2. Toni Post author

    Yes, Cindy. That’s what I count is as, although you could probably get away with a lettuce salad in addition to the soup.

  3. Tlhuston

    I LOVE this dish! I have made it twice this week. I cut the recipe in half…but I shouldn’t have because and I LOVE IT!!! LOL. The only problem was, I didn’t know how to measure the portions out once it was all done. Maybe I can weigh it? Thank you SO much for sharing!

  4. stacy walker

    So do you have to substitute the powder “spice” version for onion, jalepeno pepper etc like you did in your previous recipe for mexican chicken soup? Thank You!

  5. Toni Post author

    Do you mean if you don’t want to use the actual vegetables? Certainly you can use onion powder. For this recipe I would use 1/2 tsp. I don’t know if you have in your area, but I have some jalapeno pepper spice–you can use 1/2 tsp of that instead of the pepper–also, red pepper flakes would give it a bit of spice.

  6. Amanda

    So, I am guessing that you can have garlic on the HGC diet? I am only on day four and am looking at your recipes, but I just wanted to make sure before I go get the ingredients that it is ok?? Thanks, and I am looking forward to trying these! They sound delicious!

  7. Toni Post author

    Yes, you can have garlic. All of my recipes have been tried by me or a friend on the diet with no stalls or gains.

  8. Toni Post author

    Not exactly… When I make four servings of something like a soup for the hcg protocol, I divide it in half, eyeballing the liquid and the meat/veggies, and then divide those servings in half again to get four equal servings.

  9. Dana

    This is so yummy! I couldn’t find ground chicken breast, just ground chicken. I have had this chili for lunch and dinner yesterday as well as dinner the night before and have stalled. Have you ever had any stalls after eating it? Thanks for these awesome recipes!

  10. Toni Post author

    Thanks, Dana! You can put a boneless skinless chicken breast in the food processor to make your own fresh ground chicken next time.

  11. Toni Post author

    Oh, sorry, I didn’t answer the rest of your post. No I haven’t stalled. But if you are using something labeled “ground chicken” it may have a some extra fat in it–in fact, it probably does.

  12. Tinna

    This looks soooo yummy! I can’t wait to make it. When you make several servings in one go like the 8 servings in this recipe, do you eat one and freeze the other servings until you are ready to eat them?

  13. Toni Post author

    Yes, Tinna. I usually leave a couple of servings in the refrigerator. It’ll keep for about 4-5 days in the fridge.

  14. Maria

    I just want to thank you for all of these delicious dishes. I tried this one but swapped out the. Hickey with hamburger and only made half. Hope that was ok because OMG it is awesome. Thanks again

  15. Brittany

    This is the most amazing dish ive had so far!!!! I added extra regular chili powder, extra oregano, garlic salt and lots of pepper! Amazing!!!

  16. Sherry

    I am on the hcg diet and I cooked this for me. Well, I have to hide it from my husband, who is NOT on the hcg diet because it is SO good! He ate almost half of it before I even had my second serving!

  17. Toni Post author

    I know, Sherry. I have to tell my family that this is “MY DIET FOOD!” so they won’t eat it.

  18. Sandy

    I just made your chili. I didn’t have ground chicken but had extra lean ground beef. Didn’t have jalapenos, so used tabasco sauce instead. It was absolutely delicious. I took my helping out and added kidney beans and extra tomato paste for my family and they LOVED it. Couldn’t believe it was healthy.

  19. Toni Post author

    Don’t you love it when you can add a few simple ingredients and make something the whole family can eat while you stick to the protocol?!

  20. R.A.M.

    I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe. 😀 It is wonderful! I have taken this for lunch two days this week and my co-worker’s all can’t believe that it’s a HCG recipe. They were all giving me guff about “starving myself” until they saw this — no joke, they all had to taste it!

  21. Toni Post author

    I know! Just because you have limited food choices doesn’t mean you can’t have FLAVOR! I keep some of this in my freezer.

  22. ovi

    Just made this recipe and it is now simmering!!! I could not find ground chicken breast so I did use “gound chicken” and I am concerned about the extra fat. Should I make the servings smaller due to the extra fat content? freaking out that I did not use “ground chicken breast”.
    What are your thoughts Toni?

  23. Toni Post author

    Yeah, the prepackaged ground chicken will have more fat than some that is labeled “ground chicken breast.” Difficult to know how much unless the nutritional information is on the label. Definitely eat a smaller serving and next time make your own ground chicken breast in the food processor.

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  26. Toni Post author

    Sofia, let’s say you make the recipe for 4 servings. Pour the entire recipe into a 2 cup measuring cup. See how many ounces it is and divide that by 4. Or, divide the soup into to equal servings and then divide those servings in half. A little more or less of these recipes will not cause you any trouble. Now, if you eat the WHOLE thing–that’s different.

  27. Kathy

    This is absolutely wonderful! The blend of spices is perfect and it was so easy to prepare. I couldn’t find ancho chili powder, so I’m sure that would make it even better. I made the full recipe for 8 servings and enjoyed having something warm and hearty at the end of the day. Very filling too. Thank you, Toni!

  28. Toni Post author

    So glad you liked it. I’m always torn between which type of chili powder to use–Ancho, Chipotle…and then our Central Market store has a bulk section with many, many other types. This is the season for something warm and hearty!

  29. Connie Feke

    When making the soup, how much is one serving (1/2 cup, 1 cup etc). I have made a small batch to try it out. Love your website and love your recipes!! Can’t wait to mix up some good food!!

  30. Toni Post author

    Hi Connie,

    If you make the recipe as shown, eyeball it to divide in half and then in half again for 1 serving. I don’t have the serving size in weight or ounces.

  31. ginger

    I just discovered your blog and will be starting my hcg protocol next week. I read somewhere that you live in Austin. I am in Cedar Park. Would you mind telling me which store you find all your ingredients? Im not sure where to shop to find all the goodies that you add to your recipes.

    Thanks so much.

  32. Toni Post author

    Ginger! I live in Cedar Park too! I find most of my ingredients at H.E.B. This is where I shop for my clients too. Rarely do I have to go to Whole Foods, but sometimes I go there too.

  33. John

    Just made this recipe.

    Made the mistake of using a can of jalapeno peppers. Once I got beyond the heat of the peppers, this was a great recipe and we will do it again.

    This was also very good with “Miracle Noodles.”

  34. ruth

    just made the chili and what a blessing it was!!!!!!! thank you and may God continue to bless you.

  35. Jessica

    Thanks for your recipes! I make this one often, even when I’m not dieting. It’s so delicious!

  36. Jennifer

    This is so perfect for my Fiance, for he does not like beans, but is there something i can replace the ancho chili powder and jalapenos ? keep the spice, but not to spicy? Thanks :)

  37. Toni Post author

    Sure, Jennifer. Just use regular mild chili powder and leave out the peppers or sub mild green or red bell peppers.

  38. Wendolyn Washington

    HELLO TONI, I made this for dinner tonight w/ ground turkey…as stated below “It was delicious!”. Added a green salad and it was dinner for my husband and me. Because, he has taken “wheat” out of his diet, I toasted two corn tortilla until it they were crunchy and broke them into pieces, then used them on top of the chili. YUM!!

  39. cami

    This was delicious! A bit spicy but good; I was afraid to eat it because I’m only ending my first week but it did not affect my losses. Yesterday for breakfast I added some steamed asparagus and was YUMMY!

  40. Bayo

    I just tried this recipe and was pleasantly amazed with the flavors!!! I’m definitely will be trying more of your recipes. Thanks for sharing…..

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