Thai Chicken Chili

Thai Chicken Chili is the most flavorful chili recipe ever – and the perfect dinner to serve up while watching the game, all you need is a bowl and a spoon!


A Ground Chicken Chili With Thai Inspired Flavors

This Thai Chicken Chili sounds sort of fancy? Maybe? But it’s really not. We make this chili for watching the game, dinner during the week or just a family gathering.

The “thai” flavor comes from the peanut butter, lime juice and chilis. So it’s sort of like the flavors of a peanut sauce as the base for this chili recipe. I’m telling you guys, you’re going to love it! This chicken chili isn’t too spicy, either. Just a little background heat from poblano chili, definitely mild enough to serve to a crowd.

How To Make Thai Chicken Chili

You can make this chili recipe a day or two head of time if you’re serving it for a party of just meal prepping for the week. The flavors will blend together and become even more flavorful!

Start by cooking down a whole bunch of onions and peppers. Not just one pepper, but poblanos, green chilis and jalapeños.


Once that cooks down you can add in ground chicken and brown it up. I like to keep this all in one pot so I scrape my peppers and onions off to one side of the pot and use the free side to brown the chicken.

Now that it’s browned you can stir them all together.


Pour in about a cup of beer to deglaze the pot. Save the rest for game time, I’m sure it won’t go to waste. Then stir in chicken broth and a couple cans of white beans.

Now for the fun part, the peanut butter! Yep, this Thai Chicken Chili has a peanut flavor going on in the background that can’t be beat. For instance, you’ve heard of a chicken satay recipe? It’s pretty much that flavor turned into chili. But I probably like the flavor in this chili even more.

That’s it – the chili is done. All that’s left to do is let it simmer for about an hour and wait for the game to come on or grab another beer.


How To Serve This Chicken Chili Recipe

Finally, I like to finish off my bowl with a squeeze of fresh lime juice before I dive in. Because you have to add the finishing touches here…

And now it’s time to sit back and watch the game. Like I said, you can keep this bowl of chili simple, or load it up with all the toppings…you are going to flip for this crazy delicious flavor either way!

Chili Toppings:

  • Shredded Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Guacamole
  • Fresh jalapeños
  • Salsa or Pico de Gallo
  • Crushed Tortilla chips or Fritos

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Thai Chicken Chili

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x

Thai Chicken Chili is a twist on our favorite peanut chicken recipe. A ground chicken chili with Thai inspired flavors and a mild heat!



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, small diced
  • 2 poblano peppers, diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, diced
  • 24.25 oz cans diced green chilis
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup light beer
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 215.5 oz cans small white beans, drained and rinsed


  1. In a large dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat, then add the onions, garlic, both peppers and the chilis. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring until softened.
  2. Push the onion and peppers over to one side of the pot and then add in the ground chicken to brown. Once the chicken is browned through, stir together with the peppers and onions.
  3. Add the cumin, chili powder and salt then stir to combine.
  4. Pour in the beer to deglaze the pot, scraping up the bottom as you stir.
  5. Next pour in the chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, sriracha and oyster sauce then stir.
  6. Stir in the peanut butter until it’s completely mixed into the chili.
  7. Add the beans, stir and let simmer uncovered for 45 minutes.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American / Tex-Mex

This Thai Chicken Chili post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and it’s advertiser.
All opinions here are mine alone. #GameForBasketball #CollectiveBias This post is not medical advice.

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18 Responses
  1. Kelly

    I love chili and the spicier, the better! I can’t wait to try this out and actually watch the game. My team was playing in the Big Game and I missed most of the first half because I was prepping food and hosting. #client

  2. michele

    omg…. such a great idea, and totally something different! Thanks for sharing, pinned to try and make it for next weekends March Madness games

  3. Anne

    I just made this and it’s REALLY good. What caught my attention to this recipe is that I’m half Thai, it has peanut butter AND beer. My only tweaks to this recipe were: the addition of a couple of freshly chopped tomatoes and when the chili’s juices began to cook down too fast, I added more beer – had to adjust the seasonings with the addition of more liquid and also gave a big squirt of fresh lime juice.

    The chili came out thick, rich and flavorful – with the taste of peanut butter. I just ladled the chili a top a serving of Trader Joe’s multi-grain rice and chowed down. Thanks for the uniquely tasting recipe, Dan!

    1. Dan

      Thank you Anne! I love to hear my reader’s tweaks to the recipes. I’m glad it turned out good for you! Thanks for stopping by!

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