Italian Chicken Chili Recipe (Peperoncino)

Italian Chicken Recipes

I love, love love this Italian chicken chili recipe. A perfect Autumn recipe, very warming and satisfying to the tummy and the soul!

It is one of my favorite Italian chicken recipes. So flavorful, so comforting, with just the right amount of spiciness. In fact, I’m making it right now!

My Italian chicken chili recipe is low in fat as well as having some great health benefits with red and yellow peppers, zucchini and chickpeas also known as garbanzo beans.

It is excellent topped with a four Italian cheese blend such as, Mozzarella, Provolone, Gouda and Parmesan, made by Saputo and found in most supermarkets. Also, a sharp grated cheddar cheese is tasty as well.

Note: Of course to keep it low fat, lay off the cheese!

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Italian Chicken Chili Recipe


  • 3 boneless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large yellow pepper, chopped bite size
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped bite size
  • 2 medium zucchinis, cubed
  • 2 fresh Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilies
  • 1 28 oz can whole (dice them) or diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups organic chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 – 19 oz can chickpeas (drained)


  1. In a large pot, fry cubed chicken in oil stirring frequently until almost cooked through.
  2. Add garlic, onion, saute for 3 minutes. (Chicken should be cooked through now)
  3. Add peppers, zucchini, Roma tomatoes, continue to saute a bit until vegetables are starting to soften, but still firm.
  4. Stir in spices and all remaining ingredients except chickpeas.
  5. Simmer semi covered on low heat for 20 minutes.
  6. Add chickpeas and simmer uncovered for another 20 minutes.
  7. Serve hot with cheese of choice on top if desired.

Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: 45 min.
Serves: 8

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Nutritional Benefits:

Chili peppers have amazingly high levels of vitamins and minerals. They contain an impressive list of plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.

Chickpeas Garbanzo beans are an excellent source of molybdenum. They provide very good source of folic acid, fiber, manganese, protein,and minerals. Garbanzo beans can help lower cholesterol and improve blood sugar levels.

For more on eating healthy, I find The Health Benefits Times very informative.