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Chicken Chili For One

Chicken Chili Recipe For One - This chicken chili makes a wonderful single serving meal. Made with 1 cooked chicken breast (or 1-2 thighs), diced tomatoes, onions and red pepper combined with flavorful, aromatic spices. Cooks quickly & is the perfect amount for anyone cooking for one.

A bowl of chicken chili topped with shredded cheddar cheese plated on a metal tray next to a glass of red wine and a red cloth napkin

Nothing beats a big bowl of chili on a crisp, cool day. The warm spices, tender meat, and crunchy vegetables definitely do warm the body and the soul. Truth is, I believe this chicken chili should be enjoyed any time of the year!

I make chicken chili quite often because it's a meal that comes together quickly, the flavors are incredible, and the fresh peppers and blend of spices make it absolutely delicious!

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When you serve a hot and hearty bowl of chili with a single serving of cornbread, I'd say you've got the perfect meal.

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See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • olive oil
  • chopped onion 
  • garlic
  • red pepper 
  • chili powder
  • ground cumin
  • salt
  • canned diced tomatoes
  • dried basil
  • 1 chicken breast or thighs
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream (optional)

See below for ways to use leftover ingredients.

How To Make Chicken Chili

Pro Tip: If you want to save time, use already cooked chicken from an earlier meal or use a grocery store's rotisserie chicken.

  1. This chicken chili recipe starts out by cooking chopped onions, along with a clove of garlic and a diced red pepper in a bit of olive oil and a little ground cumin and chili powder.
  2. When the vegetables soften, add in a can of diced tomatoes and a pinch of dried basil and cook a couple of minutes more.
  3. As the tomato mixture simmers, the flavors really begin to come together. After about 15 minutes, add in the cooked chopped chicken and simmer another 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer the chicken chili to a bowl and top with shredded cheddar cheese.

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This chicken chili recipe is a scaled-down version of the recipe I've made for many years when my kids were living at home.

Since it's an easy meal to make and the flavors always incredible, I still make it often.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this chicken chili recipe, you might consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

What To Serve With Chicken Chili

Many side dishes go well with chili. You might like to consider serving any of these single serving recipes:

For this chili version, I used a 10-inch skillet, for best results use a pan of similar size.


Other Chili Recipes

If you like this chicken chili recipe, you might also like these single serving chili recipes:

I use a 10-inch skillet when I make chicken chili. For best results, use a pan of similar size.

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Chicken Chili For One

Chicken Chili For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keywords: chicken
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 474kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion (1/2 small onion)
  • 1 garlic clove , minced
  • 1 small red pepper , cored, seeded, and large diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 chicken breast , cooked and chopped
  • shredded cheddar cheese , optional for topping
  • sour cream , optional for topping


  • In a medium sized skillet, cook the onions in the olive oil over medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes, until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
  • Add the red peppers, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Cook for 1 minute
  • Pour the canned diced tomatoes and dried basil into the pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • Add the cooked, chopped chicken to the pan and simmer, uncovered another 5 minutes.
  • Transfer chicken chili to a bowl and top with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream, if desired.


Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
Brush chicken breast with oil. Season both sides of the chicken breast with a pinch of salt and a pinch of black pepper. Place the chicken on a baking pan.
Bake chicken breast, uncovered, for 18 - 20 minutes or until no longer pink (use a meat thermometer to confirm that the chicken is heated through to 170 degrees F).


Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1446mg | Potassium: 1226mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2533IU | Vitamin C: 110mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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9 thoughts on “Chicken Chili For One”

  1. It’s not clear whether you mean to use a whole chicken breast (both sides) or a half (one side, often referred to as “one chicken breast”). Can you clarify? Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    I love how specific the Chicken Chili is for one person! My hubby travels, so I need to cook just for one many times! Cannot wait to try it. The Margarita looks sooo good!

  3. This looks fantastic. I never really make anything nice when it’s just for me, but this really makes me want to put in the effort because yum!

  4. Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen

    It can be so hard trying to find the motivation if you are just cooking for yourself, but this looks perfect! Full of flavor and so comforting!

  5. 5 stars
    Great combination of ingredients. Looks amazingly delicious. Can’t wait to make this one for my husband! He will love this

  6. I’ve never had chili with chicken before but it looks great! I love that it’s a healthy alternative too! Love the pics too!

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