30 Minute Meal/ One Pan

Easy Chicken Chili with Apples

This easy chicken chili with apples is a fun chili recipe that kids will love! This family friendly weeknight dinner is ready in just over 30 minutes, which makes it the perfect weeknight meal!
Two bowls of chicken chili
Top down view of two bowls of apple chicken chili

Chicken Chili with Apples

This easy Chicken Chili with Apples is a fun “white chili” recipe with an unexpected ingredient – APPLES! The apples add a fun texture and being a kid-friendly ingredient they are a fun surprise for kids to find in their bowls!
This easy weeknight recipe is so great for busy nights – its an easy recipe that doesn’t require a lot of mental power (its basically just throwing things in the pot and letting them cook), its easy enough that kids can help make it (again, its basically just throwing things in the pot), and its flavorful but NOT spicy.
This is the best chicken chili recipe for weeknights where you need something easy but also delicious! Serve it alongside a slab of warm cornbread!
Chicken Chili in a bowl with cloth and spoon

How to Teach Your Kids to Love Chili

The trick to making an awesome chili that kids will love is to keep it flavorful but not spicy. Sorry, but you gotta save the “5-alarm” chili for another day!  This easy chili recipe has just enough spice to be flavorful without adding heat. Read more about How to Spice Food for Kids.

Another great tip to teach kids to love chili is to serve lots of toppings family style and allow everyone to top their own bowls! Letting children choose which ingredients they add on their chili helps them feel more connected and in control of their meal and often means they eat more of it.

Chili is a great recipe for teaching children to cook with – not only is it an easy “dump it in” kind of recipe that doesn’t require a lot of prep work, but its also a great one for giving kids confidence in the kitchen and allowing them to learn to season their food. Chili is a really forgiving recipe and is great for practicing cooking skills!

Another great kid-friendly chili recipe to try is Bison Chili with Chocolate .


Chicken Chili with Apples

How Your Kids Can Help You Cook:

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you measure the ingredients,  wash the apples, remove the cilantro leaves from the stems, and whisk together the dressings and help set the table.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can help do everything above, plus help you grate the cheese, dice the cilantro, cut the apples, open the cans, and rinse the beans.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help do everything above, plus help you dice the chicken and stir the pot while it cooks.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.


Apple Chicken Chili

Apple Chicken Chili

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This easy chicken chili with apples is a fun chili recipe that kids will love! This family friendly weeknight dinner is ready in just over 30 minutes, which makes it the perfect weeknight meal!


  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 3 TBSP butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1" pieces
  • 2 tsp ground chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 large honey crisp apples
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 30 oz chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 15 oz pinto beans
  • 15 oz red kidney beans
  • Toppings: shredded monterrey jack cheese, chopped cilantro, sour cream, tortilla chips.


  1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion to the pan and sautéed 5 minutes, or until translucent.
  3. Add  the chicken and sprinkle the chili powder and cumin over. 
  4. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mostly cooked through.
  5. Add the apples and cook, stirring occasionally, until started to become softened, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the flour to a large measuring cup and slowly whisk in the broth. When combined, add to the dutch oven  along with the milk.
  7. Add in the beans to the dutch oven.
  8. Increase the heat to medium and let the chili simmer for 10 minutes.
  9. Serve topped with cheese, sour cream, chopped cilantro and tortilla chips.
  10. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 650 Total Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 155mg Sodium: 813mg Carbohydrates: 54g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 13g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 64g


  • Reply
    Amy (Savory Moments)
    November 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Very creative – I've never had apples in a chili before! Apples and chicken go so nicely together. I bet this is delicious.

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    Created by Hannah Grunzke
    November 30, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    I like this…I'm definitely going to make this-with a pinch of cinnamon and a can of chili peppers!

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      December 1, 2012 at 7:34 PM

      Oh, that would be perfect! 🙂

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    Megan @ Cooking Whims
    November 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    YAY!!! I'm so glad you like that chili! I agree with you about not using a recipe for most chilis…I too usually throw things in a pot and let it simmer. But this is a good one! Savory apples are just as delightful as the sweet ones 🙂 🙂

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    Robyn Fuoco
    December 1, 2012 at 4:58 AM

    What a great idea! I love chili, never thought of adding apples. I usually do a veggie chili but I want to give this one a try, chicken and all! Thanks, Robyn

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    Courtney O'Dell
    December 18, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    I love the delicious and comforting flavors!

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    Aimee Shugarman
    December 18, 2018 at 1:26 PM

    One of our favorite chili recipes now…it’s so good and packed with flavor!

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    December 18, 2018 at 2:59 PM

    This looks amazing!! Thank you so much!

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    December 18, 2018 at 10:28 PM

    The apples in this chili makes it the BEST CHILI!!!

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    December 19, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    What a great idea to include apples in a chili! Perfect meal for these cool winter days!

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