Hearty Basil Chicken Chili

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As soon as the temperature drops down into the 80s here in Texas it’s considered cool enough to be deemed “fall” weather.  Just the other day at school pick up one of my girl friends was wearing her new fall scarf because it was a balmy 86 degrees, it’s just what you do when you get a break from the oppressive heat.  And when the weather man predicts that the weekend low will be in the 60s you plan on making a big pot of hearty Basil Chicken Chili, the ultimate cool weather food. Hearty Basil Chicken Chili_Giggles Galore

I love spending the summer grilling out and packing impromptu picnic lunches, but I REALLY love when the weather turns cooler and I can cook my favorite comfort food dishes.  This time of year also means lots of baking, but it also means LOTS of dishes too.  No one has time for dishwashing woes, but today I’ve partnered with Kenmore to show you how easy it is to not only enjoy your favorite dishes but how to keep them clean too.

Chili is one of those simple, fill you up, ultimate comfort foods.  It’s the kind of hearty meal you can throw together quickly and it makes the perfect week night meal.  It’s also works great for social get-together’s too, whip up a batch for your next tailgate or host a Chili Bar and let the guests add their favorite toppings for a completely hands on party experience.

Basil Chicken Chili Meal

Paired with sweet jalapeno cornbread this hearty Basil Chicken Chili is the perfect way to savor a made from scratch meal you can feel good about. Loaded with veggies and packed with protein rich chicken and beans this chili packs a flavorful zip.  The basil and tomatoes pair so well in this recipe and give it a slightly sweet flavor with a rich, robust kick from the peppers.

Basil Chicken Chili with Jalapeno Cornbread

Jalapeno Cornbread

Like I said I love a good hearty meal that I can feed my family, but why does it seem like so many of the best comfort food dishes make a big ole’ mess in the kitchen? It seems like there are always multiple pots and pans and lots of extra dishes to clean.  And let’s face it, while I love savoring the flavors of comforting, familiar meals, I really dislike having to clean it all up!

Dirty Dishes

Washing dishes is one of my least favorite tasks. And I especially hate it when you go to unload the dishwasher only to find leftover bits of chili still stuck on the bowls. Unlike before I don’t have to worry about soaking or scrubbing that baked on chili mess, the Kenmore Elite® Dishwasher gets in every nook and cranny of the bowls and glasses and provides corner-to-corner cleaning in the upper rack.  With the Turbozone Reach and cool rotating spray jets the dishes get cleaned right the first time, which means I can clean up the dishes as I go while preparing dinner.  Not only does it help me keep the kitchen clean it gives me more time to linger after dinner and talk to my kids about their day without having to worry about the dishes.


Our lives are constantly busy, I love that The Kenmore Elite® dishwasher lets me get back to doing things quicker, easier and better so I’ll have plenty of time to make my favorite comfort foods and still enjoy extra special moments with my family.

Comfort Food Basil Chicken Chili

What’s your favorite fall comfort food?  Don’t forget to check out the new Kenmore Dishwashers to help you tackle all those dirty dishes this fall.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kenmore. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Hearty Basil Chicken Chili
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Serves: 4-6
  • 3 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and large-diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and large-diced
  • 2 jalapenos, diced (optional)
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can chili beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ cup minced fresh basil leaves
  • 4 split chicken breasts, cooked, prepared and diced. (or use a Rotisserie Chicken for an even easier weeknight meal)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Cook the onions in the oil over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the bell peppers, jalapeno, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne, and salt. Cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add the fire roasted diced tomatoes, chili beans and tomato sauce and basil to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Rub the chicken breasts with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast the chicken for 35 to 40 minutes, until just cooked. Let cool slightly. Separate the meat from the bones and skin and cut it into ¾-inch chunks. Add to the chili and simmer, uncovered, for another 20 minutes. Serve with the toppings and jalapeno cornbread for a hearty meal.

Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind www.gigglesgalore.net. With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. I was just pinning fall food…this is perfect! Pinned!

  2. This looks delicious! You’re right. As soon as it drops below 90, we start thinking about all of the yummy soups and fall dishes we like to eat. This is definitely going on that list! YUM!

  3. I cheered when I saw that some of the high temps this week were going to be under 100 degrees. Fall must be almost here! 😉

  4. I’ve never tried basil in chili before, but I know I’d like it. I’ll give that a try this weekend when I make a pot.

  5. I’m licking my lips right now! Looks so good! Pinned and tweeted. We truly appreciate you taking the time to be a part of our party. Please stop by and party with us again. The party starts Monday at 7 pm and ends on Friday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

  6. Great recipe to use the rotisserie chicken I get from Costco. Thanks for this delicious recipe.

  7. This sounds super yummy! I think my family would really like this. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  8. This sounds amazing for the Fall. Pinning to try with my family. 🙂

  9. This sounds so good. I love having chili in the fall and winter time. I can’t wait to try this recipe for my family.

  10. We love a good chili. Can’t wait to try your recipe Pinned & sharing. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party.

  11. Cold weather is on its way and I’m so excited to try your chili recipe. Congrats, you’re featured at the This Is How We Roll Link Party.

  12. Oh my, this sounds so good! I saw that this was the most visited post on This Is How We Roll linky party, and it sounds just perfect for a crisp fall evening. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by Vickie! It is one of my families favorite recipes this time of year, you’ll have to give it a try and let us know what you think.

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