Shredded Chicken Chili [Recipe]

Shredded Chicken Chili Recipe #ketogasm #keto #ketogenic #atkins #healthy #chicken #chili #recipe

If you’ve been reading my blog, you may already be quite familiar with my undying love for chili. But if you’re new here, allow me to enlighten. I once rushed home to a text that I misread as “Netflix and chili?” Imagine my dismay when I realized there was no chili. Only chill. Ugh. Seriously though, I’m a bit of a chili fiend… my week just isn’t complete without it. If there’s one thing I know, it’s chili. I can guarantee you this shredded chicken chili recipe is a keeper!

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Shredded Chicken Chili Recipe #ketogasm #keto #ketogenic #atkins #healthy #chicken #chili #recipeI’m all about that meal prep and shredded chicken has become part of my regular routine… it’s always in the fridge ready to go! With a stock of shredded chicken on hand, this dinner comes together for me in a matter of minutes. If you aren’t much of a meal planner or prepper, you can quickly boil and shred the chicken before combining all of your chili ingredients or you can go the rotisserie chicken route and shred that up instead. See! Nutritious cooking doesn’t have to be that complicated!

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Shredded Chicken Chili Recipe #ketogasm #keto #ketogenic #atkins #healthy #chicken #chili #recipeFor weeknight dinners, I like to make things that are quick and as simple as possible; this recipe totally fits the bill. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as mixing a few ingredients together over heat to enjoy a healthy, comforting home cooked meal without having to stress over it.

Shredded Chicken Chili Recipe #ketogasm #keto #ketogenic #atkins #healthy #chicken #chili #recipeShredded Chicken Chili Recipe #ketogasm #keto #ketogenic #atkins #healthy #chicken #chili #recipe Using shredded chicken for chili can be a refreshing change from pork or beef. The texture and flavor lend itself nicely to the tastes of traditional chili. While I’ve always loved white chicken chili, this is definitely not that! Try it out and let me know what you think!

Update: to increase serving sizes and make it even lower carbs per serving, I updated the recipe to reflect how I’m currently preparing this at home! Instead of 2 chicken breasts, we use four large chicken breasts. There was so much sauce that it made sense to stretch the recipe a tad bit more. As a result, the shredded chicken chili recipe can easily feed a family with leftovers, and it’s a bit more keto friendly per serving. Don’t worry though, if you are married to the original version of the recipe, just use two breasts instead of four.

You can even use the leftovers as filling for these delicious low carb hand pies!

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Shredded Chicken Chili [Recipe]

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Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 201 kcal
Author Tasha Metcalf



  1. Prepare chicken by boiling chicken breasts in water or broth on stovetop for 10-12 minutes, just barely covered in liquid. Once the meat is no longer pink, remove from fluid and shred with two forks. This same technique can also be used with a pressure cooker at pressure for 5 minutes with a natural release, or a slow cooker for 4-6 hours. Whatever’s clever for you! Rotisserie chicken meat can be substituted for the breasts as well.
  2. In a large stockpot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent.
  3. Add the shredded chicken, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and jalapeno to the pot and combine by gently stirring over the burner. Bring to a boil, then drop it down to a simmer over medium-low heat and cover for 10 minutes.
  4. Cut cream cheese into small, 1-inch chunks.
  5. Remove lid and mix in the cream cheese. Increase the heat back up to medium-high and continue to stir until the cream cheese is completely blended in. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Eat as-is or garnish with toppings of your choice. I love cilantro and Monterey jack cheese for ooey gooey goodness.
Nutrition Facts
Shredded Chicken Chili [Recipe]
Amount Per Serving
Calories 201 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 555mg 23%
Potassium 619mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 18.9%
Vitamin C 16.4%
Calcium 6.1%
Iron 12.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Hi! I made your chicken chilli last night and it was amazing! I was wondering if you had the carb count? Mayne I missed it in your article!

  • I made this for dinner tonight! It is the second week of our keto diet and my husband is enjoying it less than I am… well this was the first thing that he had a second serving of! I used fresh tomatoes instead of canned, and used a few extra fresh peppers! Delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    • Sure thing! For the whole recipe, you’ll have 1267 calories. 1/4 of the recipe is 316 calories and 1/6 of the recipe is 211 calories. Hope that helps! 🙂

  • Great recipe! I’m going to try this tonight, but I’m going to take out the butter and replace the cream cheese with plain Greek yogurt to make it a bit more healthier! Hopefully it will still be just as flavorful and the texture will be just as creamy as it looks in the picture! 🙂

    • Butter and cream cheese aren’t unhealthy. This is a keto recipe, healthy fats like butter are allowed (and delicious!)

      • I was definitely thinking the same thing Megan! Cutting the butter and the cream cheese as those types of fats are not healthy for you. I love this recipe but I am not a Keto-dieter nor would I ever be one. 800 calories a day is essentially killing yourself. You need to eat to lose weight and eating 800 calories a day will send your body into starvation mode and you will cease and desist losing weight. 800 calories a day isn’t good for ANYONE at least eat 1200 calories. Anywho, I’m stepping off my soap box but I do hope you all just learn how to eat, I used to be a fad dieter and then I learned how to eat and the weight started flying off. So just be careful if you’re going to continue this diet.

        • No one who knows the facts about a keto diet suggests eating only 800 calories per day. It’s more likely that they recommend at least 1800 calories per day or more depending upon each individual’s TDEE. There’s plenty of true information out there about a ketogenic diet if people want to research the honest facts about a keto diet.

          Anyways this recipe looks divine as is, and perfectly keto. I’m filing into it in my recipe folder to try when the weather cools off. Thank you for a delicious sounding chili that I can’t wait to try.

          • You have no idea what you are talking about as a Keto diet is not about 800 calories! As far as your opinion in regards to butter and cream cheese, that is YOUR opinion. I’ve been doing a Keto diet for years, I am incredibly healthy because of it, cardiovascular as well. Comment on the recipe and move on.

  • This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it! Do you think it would work if I just dumped everything but the cream cheese in the crock pot for 6-8 hours, then shredded the chicken and add the cream cheese at the end?

    • HI Kelly,
      I cooked this recipe exactly that way and it turned out really well. Sauteed veggies, dumped them with chicken, tomatoes, broth into crockpot on low all day with spices. Added cream cheese and shredded the chicken about 15 min before serving. We really enjoyed it.

  • This was…absolutely…amazing!!! KETOGASM is my new favorite place for recipes and inspiration! Thank you so much for this blog!!!

  • I made this last night, and it was great. I literally just threw all of the ingredients into the crock pot, cooked for 8 hrs overnight. I added shredded cheese and a spoon of sour cream on top. Yummy!

  • This chili was so yummy! I made it last night and have it all ready to go for lunches this week. I had not tried a keto chili recipe yet…and I like this one so much, I don’t think I need to try anything else. Thank you so much!

  • This recipe looks awesome! I’ve got everything going in the ol’ crockpot right now. Just a note/question, in the nutrition info for diced tomatoes, is that for 28 oz? And if so, what brand did you use?! That number was what I ended up getting for just 14 oz of tomatoes.

  • This looks amazing! I was looking at the nutrition info for diced tomatoes though and was a bit confused. 1/2 a cup of canned diced tomatoes is 5 grams of net carbs and 30 calories? How did you get your numbers?
    We are definitely making this tonight but I just want to get the numbers right. We are loving your blog!

    • Hey there! I always pick up the organic diced tomatoes from Costco (Kirkland brand). The nutrition label has 3 total carbs, 1 gram fiber per 1/2 cup. I realize my can size was a totally off though in my recipe! I use a 14.5 oz can, correcting now!

  • This was fantastic!!!! I added a little more jalapeño and some extra chilli powder because I like spicy food… it was delicious… definite keeper in my keto playbook 🙂 Thank You!!!

  • I’m making this now…it doesn’t seem like it could possibly be 4 servings—its barely coming up 2 inches on my dutch oven. Is this meant to feed a family of 4?

  • Made this for a chili cook-off potluck we recently attended and of all the chili’s brought to the party it was by far the crowd favorite! So good! Only tweak we made when cooking was using 8oz of cream cheese instead of 4oz to thicken the chili up a tad more (and cut down on a bit of heat since my husband went a big gung ho with the spice factor). SO GOOD! New favorite in our house! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • I made this tonight for supper and used 2 oz of the canned green chilies instead of the jalapeño – it was fantastic! Next time I won’t shred the chicken quite as much, or maybe leave 1/2 the chicken a little chunkier. Great recipe – thanks!!

  • Just made this chili and LOVED IT! Did have to sub a can of Rotel for the diced tomatoes and jalapeno because I didn’t have one and left the onions only partially cooked for the crunch. Next time we make this I want to try it with shredded pork. Hubby is not dieting so he added chili seasoned kidney beans to his. He also liked it even though he does not like chicken! This put me in mind of the richness of Lobster Bisque. Can’t wait to try some other dishes. THANK YOU

  • I have made this twice so far & my teenagers LOVE it! It’s my new go-to.

    Thank you for sharing!

    I can’t wait to try more recipes

  • Can I cook everything at once together in a crock pot? Will it turn out the same? We have made the regular recipe 6 times now.

  • I know you broke the servings down to 1/4 but is there a more definitive amount we can use for a serving. i.e 1 cup 1. 5 cup ?

  • This is delicious! I made this for the second time and found that it’s a delightful meal that pairs perfectly with cold weather.

    The only change that I made was boiling the chicken for 20 minutes rather than the suggested 10-12. The first time, I tried the suggested 10-12 but the chicken was incredibly difficult to shred and was still raw in the middle. Boiling for 20, it was much easier to shred and was fully cooked (and didn’t dry out).

  • I love this recipe – have made it several times. Trying to reduce the carbs – I wonder how it would be if I omitted or reduced the tomato paste?

    • I haven’t tried this particular recipe without, but I’ve done it with other chili recipes. Turns out a tad more soupy, but still delicious. I’m working on developing a white chicken chili recipe for the site without the paste and tomatoes and the flavors are still awesome.

      Let me know if you try it without the paste, I’m sure others are wondering the same question! <3

  • Made this chili tonight. Ended up doubling it. So yummy! Thanks for a new go-to recipe for those chilly winter nights! I’m sharing it with all of my friends!

  • I guess I was expecting something different… maybe… ??? I think the word “chili” through me off. I think my family had in mind chili made with chicken instead of burger. This is basically my chicken enchilada soup… although MUCH, MUCH tastier than mine! 🙂 Soooo… this will be replacing my old recipe for that particular soup as it is quite YUMMY, just not chili.

  • I won a chili cook off contest with this recipe!!! I made a couple alterations but stuck to the main recipe. Cooked my chicken in beer in a crock pot, added some ground cinnamon to the main portion, and added a little more jalapeño. Everybody loved it. Delicious!

  • Don’t boil chicken. I cook chicken breast sous vide at 150 degrees for 2 hours, shock cool and store in the fridge for up to a week. Very tender. And hands on times about 5 minutes. I’m currently munching out on Sous Vide Chicken Salad with Cilantro and roasted almonds with Kwepie mayo.

  • This is the best thank you so so so much!! I have made it a dozen times now and it never gets old. I also made it for family and they were impressed the first day but the next day when they were having the left overs they elated!! Thank you for sharing!!

  • This is sooooo good! I highly recommend adding some peperoncinis as topping. I don’t like hot and it adds such good flavor!!

  • I loved this recipe. Can you help me with knowing the actual serving size in cups as make double/triple the recipe for my big family? I am tracking my Keto diet and don’t know what would be 1/4 of the recipe in cup size. Help please.

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