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Easy Nashville Hot Chicken Chili Recipe

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This Nashville Hot Chicken Chili is spicy, hearty, and a family-favorite on a chilly night! Packed with cannelloni, chili, and kidney beans – it’s full of fiber while staying low calorie! So skip the fried chicken tonight and cozy up with a bowl of this!
 
Nashville hot chicken chili with a grilled cheese
 
If you don’t live close to Nashville or you’re just looking for a lower calorie, healthier option — you’re going to love our Nashville Hot Chicken Chili!
I received JM Thomason Hot Chicken Seasoning in a goodie bag from an event, and it honestly sat in my pantry for months. 
 
I love Hattie B’s in hot chicken in Nashville, but I am not one to fry chicken at home for two reasons:
  1. The idea of the hot oil splattering me and hitting me scares me to death
  2. Hattie B’s is only about 45 minutes away. LOL!

pot of nashville hot chicken chili

If you don’t have the JM Thomason Hot Chicken Seasoning don’t worry – you can make your own. We just love this brand’s flavor, and it’s also straight out of Nashville!! (Well, Franklin, but that’s where all of the country singers live).

What to Pair it With

  • We served our chili with grilled cheeses, and it was delicious!! It also help cut the spiciness too!
  • Pickles are also a great topper for this chili! It sounds weird, but after all – you put pickles with Nashville hot chicken. Try it!
  • Cornbread would be great! If you’re one that loves heat, try our jalapeño cornbread!
  • Looking for a wine to serve with it? We like a Chardonnay (Wente’s is good and pretty easy to find) or a dry Cabernet Sauvignon (preferably partially oaked)
cans of beans, tomatoes, and nashville hot chicken seasoning
Some of the ingredients you’ll need (full list below)

What You’ll Need

  • 1.5lbs of boneless, skinless breasts (you can use a whole bird or dark meat as well – just no bones)
  • 2 tbsp canola oil (Extra virgin olive oil works too!)
  • 2 tablespoons JM Thomason hot chicken season (or something similar)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp onion
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cans white cannelloni beans (14.5oz)
  • 1 can Bush’s chili cannelloni beans (14.5oz)
  • 1 can Bush’s chili kidney means in medium heat (14.5oz)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (14.5oz)
Chicken cooked and pulled apart
Step #1

How to Make Nashville Hot Chicken Chili

  1. Place chicken breasts in a baking pan, top with a sprinkle of hot chicken seasoning, olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake your chicken breast until cooked through. I baked it at 400 for 35 minutes.
  2. Get the oil and seasoning simmering on the stove (on low). As it simmers shred the chicken in the same pan (keeping any juices that came off of it while it cooked in the pan).
  3. Add the shredded chicken to the soup pot. Add in all of your cans. Let it simmer until you’re ready to eat – the longer the better!
  4. Top with cheddar cheese, pickles (like hot chicken would be), or consider doing grilled cheese with it!
Yield: 8 servings

Easy Nashville Hot Chicken Chili Recipe

Nashville hot chicken chili with a grilled cheese
This Nashville Hot Chicken Chili is spicy, hearty, and a family-favorite on a chilly night! Packed with cannelloni, chili, and kidney beans - it's full of fiber while staying low calorie! 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5lbs of Chicken Breast (I used boneless, skinless breasts)
  • 2 tbsp canola
  • 2 tablespoons JM Thomason hot chicken seasoning (or something similar)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp onion
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cans white cannelloni beans (14.5oz)
  • 1 can Bush’s chili cannelloni beans (14.5oz)
  • 1 can Bush’s chili kidney means in medium heat (14.5oz)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (14.5oz)

Instructions

  1. Place chicken breasts in a baking pan, top with a sprinkle of hot chicken seasoning, olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake your chicken breast until cooked through. (I baked it at 400 for 35 minutes.)
  2. Get the oil and seasoning simmering on the stove (on low). As it simmers shred the chicken in the same pan (keeping any juices that came off of it while it cooked in the pan).
  3. Add the shredded chicken to the soup pot. Add in all of your cans. Let it simmer until you’re ready to eat - the longer the better!
  4. Top with cheddar cheese, pickles (like hot chicken would be), or consider doing grilled cheese with it!
  5. Enjoy!

Notes

  • It is spicy! So be prepared or do less seasoning.
  • The longer is simmers the better it is!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 625mgCarbohydrates: 33gNet Carbohydrates: 26gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 44g

Nutrition is only an approximate and may not be accurate.

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