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Low Carb Green Chili Chicken Chowder

Creamy, hot, spicy, cheesy green chili chicken yum! This low carb green chile chicken chowder will hit the spot for the perfect meal on your keto diet.

Green chili chicken chowder for two

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Do you love green chilis as much as I do? This recipe for low carb green chili chicken chowder holds a piece of my childhood and is awesome comfort food. It’s perfect for fall, but then there’s also that random rain/snow blustery spring day that soaks you to the bone and has you calling for the ultimate green chili warm goodness.

Because I grew up in Colorado, I associate fall with pumpkins, apples, spices, corn, and roasting green chilis. In autumn you won’t often find a pumpkin farm or stand that doesn’t also have a chili roaster nearby.

Therefore, everyone is always trying to outdo one another with the BEST green chili, pork green chili, green chili salsa, green chili chicken soup, etc.

At Thanksgiving in Colorado, you will find in many families it’s not the turkey that’s the most talked-about offering, but the green chili! Is Uncle Fred coming this year? He’d better be because he’s in charge of the green chili!

Green chili chicken chowder vertical with avocado

Of course, as one of my favorite comfort foods, I’ve created an ooey, gooey, cheesy green chili chicken chowder. This is a fabulous one pot meal, sure to please even the pickiest of families. The only thing you’ll be arguing about is how hot to make it. I personally opt for a good medium, middle of the road because I like some heat, but not too much!

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To make the chowder, you’re going to need to gather your ingredients. What do you find? You’re going to need one pound of cooked, diced chicken.

Actually, you can get your chicken several ways. Do you have chicken leftovers? Awesome, chop that stuff up and you’re good to go.

Maybe you decided to avoid the whole raw chicken and cooking it at all. In that case, perhaps you went out and bought a rotisserie chicken. That’s a super-easy way to get some great chicken for your chowder.

How to cook a chicken breast

But let’s just say you happen to have on hand one pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts (organic and free-range if possible!). How do you cook a chicken breast? It’s really not all that difficult, and it’s a skill everyone should learn.

To begin, get out a baking sheet, and coat the cooking area with olive oil. Take the chicken breasts out of the package and set them on top of the oil. Season each one liberally with salt and pepper on all sides, then drizzle a bit more olive oil over the top and rub it in.

Then place the pan in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes, or until the inside temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove the pan and immediately cover the chicken breasts with aluminum foil to keep in the heat and juices. Let it rest for at least ten minutes before chopping it up for your green chili chicken chowder. Yum.

Green chili chicken chowder closeup

How to make a low carb green chili chicken chowder

Once you have all your ingredients assembled, including the cooked, cubed chicken, place the Dutch oven or soup pot on a medium-high heat. Put two tablespoons of butter in the pot to melt, then add the chopped onion.

Then, using a spatula or wooden spoon, stir the onion with the butter and cook for 4-5 minutes until it’s soft and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute more.

Next, pour in 32 ounces of a good quality organic chicken bone broth such as Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth. Once the broth is heated through but not yet boiling, cut in 8 ounces of full-fat cream cheese.

Whisk the mixture until the cream cheese is incorporated, and there are no more lumps. After that, put in the chopped green chilis, the salsa verde (green salsa), and stir to combine.

TIP: When buying a pre-made salsa verde be sure to purchase one without sugar.

Then, after the mixture is warmed through and simmering, measure and add in the two cups of Monterrey jack cheese. Whisk the cheese in also so it melts and combines with the other ingredients.

Now, all you have left is to add in the chicken and let the green chili chicken chowder simmer for a few minutes (at least 10).

Serve in soup bowls and garnish with more shredded Monterrey jack or cheddar cheese, lime with a squirt of lime juice, sliced avocado, and/or chopped fresh cilantro.

Spoon of green chili chicken chowder

Invite some friends over and enjoy!

Invite some friends over or get the whole family to the table! This hearty low carb green chili chicken chowder makes a fabulous meal for the entire family with a definite kick to it.

The only thing you may argue about is how spicy to make it. I like it to be a good medium, but my kids like it mild, and the husband likes as much heat as you can get in there.

If you want to accommodate everyone, make a very mild chowder and offer spicy toppings like finely chopped jalapenos, spicy salsa, or even a pepper jack cheese. I personally like a bit of lime juice and chopped cilantro on top with the cheese, and you can also add some sliced avocado.

Try this one out, and let me know how it goes with your family or friends!

It’s actually super-easy to throw together and a good, filling meal. Also, it’s one of my favorites, and you’ll love it too! Make it today, and your taste buds will thank you!

Easy and delicious keto low carb green chili chicken chowder. Gluten-free, sugar-free and comfort food. #ketosoups #lowcarbsoups #ketorecipes

Want more low carb soup options? Try these!:

  1. Keto Taco Soup
  2. Creamy Keto Italian Sausage Soup
  3. Low Carb Keto Thai Coconut Soup
  4. Keto French Onion Soup
  5. Best Ever Keto Broccoli Cheese Soup

🍲 More in a chili mood?

Check out this awesome Keto Crockpot Chili – Low Carb Beef Chili recipe from The Health Creative! Also, try out the best Keto Chili With Bacon!

Green chili chicken chowder for two

Green Chili Chicken Chowder

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Creamy, hot, spicy, cheesy chicken chili yum!


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 32 oz chicken bone broth
  • 1 lb chicken, cooked and cubed
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temp
  • 16 oz salsa verde (green salsa)
  • 10 oz chili peppers, roasted and chopped (or from a can in a hurry)
  • 2 cups Monterrey jack cheese, shredded


  1. Place the two tablespoons of butter in a Dutch oven or large soup pot on the stove over a medium-high heat to melt.
  2. Cook the chopped onion in the butter for about 4-5 minutes or until softened.
  3. Add the garlic and continue to stir over heat for a minute more.
  4. Pour in the chicken bone broth and heat until nearly boiling but not quite.
  5. Cut in the cream cheese and whisk until smooth.
  6. Add the jar of salsa verde and the chopped green chilis.
  7. Whisk in the 2 cups of Monterrey jack cheese. Continue to whisk over the heat until no lumps remain.
  8. Add in the cubed chicken and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  9. Serve in bowls topped with shredded cheese. (Monterrey jack, cheddar, or both!)
  10. Optional toppings: avocado, lime juice, freshly chopped cilantro.


Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving Calories 381  Total Fat 24 g Saturated Fat 13 g Monounsaturated Fat 1 g Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g Trans Fat 0 g Cholesterol 117 mg Sodium 1249 mg Potassium 454 mg Total Carbohydrate 6 g Dietary Fiber 0 g Sugars 2 g Protein 32 g

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 381Unsaturated Fat: 0g

*Nutrition Facts per For the most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

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Judy Murphy

Monday 11th of February 2019

Where can one buy roasted chili peppers? Ready to use. I do not want to roast peppers.


Monday 11th of February 2019

Great question Judy! I don't roast my own either, and they're usually available here more in the fall in most grocery stores and often at pumpkin farms. If you can't get them I would use canned green chilis. That's what I use this time of year, and you'll get a similar flavor. There are a bunch of brands out there usually labeled diced or chopped green chilis - Ortega even has a fire roasted diced green chilis. Enjoy!


Thursday 3rd of May 2018

That looks amazing! My boyfriend loves green chili and would absolutely love this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Farmhouse Mama

Tuesday 24th of April 2018

This sounds and looks amazing! I had no idea green chili was so popular there!


Tuesday 24th of April 2018

This looks so good. I don't have a chicken chili recipe. I am going to try this.


Tuesday 24th of April 2018

Chili and chowder are 2 of my favorite things! So this combination sounds amazing!

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