Monday, March 2, 2015

Award Winning Hot Wing Chili

hot wing chili
At the first of February, we entered the Rustica Hardware Chili cook off and we won! Happy dance time! I was really nervous because I wanted to try something new and different, and didn’t know how it would come across to the public that was judging. My family loves chili and hot wings and we have a lot of our all time favorites of both but I have never tried to combine them before.
I believe that you should go big or go home when your up against a new challenge. We looked at a lot of recipes to compare what we were thinking of doing and then we tweaked this one until we thought we had a winner.
hot wing chili 1
The great thing about this chili is that you don’t have to be a hot wing lover to enjoy it. It does have a little kick but I’m not one for a lot of heat and I love it.
Ingredients: Click to print recipe
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 pounds chicken breasts, grilled
1 cup carrots, chopped into bite size pieces
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 can water chestnuts, drained
1 can white northern beans, drained
1 Tablespoon liquid smoke
1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup Franks hot sauce
1 can tomato sauce (15 ounce)
1 can stewed, fire-roasted tomatoes (15 ounce)
salt and pepper, to taste
  • In a large pot over a medium heat, pour in the olive oil and cover the bottom with the oil.
  • Add the carrots, onion, celery, garlic, paprika and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, for about 7 to 8 minutes. Add the water chestnuts and stir.
  • While this is simmering, cook your chicken on the grill.
hot wing chili 2
  • Pour the chicken stock and stir. Add the hot sauce, liquid smoke, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes and white beans, combine.
  • Using a measuring cup, take 1 1/2 cups of the chili and blend in your mixer, until smooth. Then add back to the chili and stir. This will help thicken your chili.
  • Cut up your chicken into bite size pieces and add to the chili.
hot wing chili 3
  • Bring the chili to a boil and then turn down the heat to low. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes to let the flavors come together.
  • Garnish with blue cheese crumbles or ranch dip!
Do like chili? If so, what’s your favorite recipe?


  1. Wow! I like spicy foods, so I know I'd love this!

  2. Looks so delicous! Perfect for this cold weather we're having! Would love to see you back at our party on Thursday (Your Turn TO Shine). Have a great week ladies!
    Kendra @

  3. WOW- This looks awesome. I love hot wings so and we always use Franks! Perfect for a cold winter night! Congrats on winning! It sounds like it truly deserved the blue ribbon! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty! I hope to see you there next Friday with another awesome post! :)

  4. Yum and it looks great too, thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  5. Chili plus hot wings? My husband will flip for this recipe. Thanks for sharing with us at Pin-Worthy Wednesday!

  6. My son is crazy for anything hot wing. Will have to make this for him.
    Thank you for sharing at See Ya in the Gumbo this week!

  7. What a great way to combine the wonderful flavours of hot wings with a delicious chili - it sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop. Pinned!

  8. This sounds wonderful and congrats on your win!

  9. So wonderfully tasty looking! Thanks so much for linking up at Motivational Monday. Hope to see you link up again tonight!

  10. What a great bowl of Chili! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. Wow, that looks really good. I love using chicken in chili, but have never seasoned it before adding it. This is on my list of must-trys. Thanks for linking to Tips & Tricks. Come back and party with us tonight! ps. I pinned this to our Tips & Tricks board. :)

  12. My husband would devour this! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  13. This looks like an awesome recipe, I know the hubby would love it if I give it a try! Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday. Be sure to stop by again this week...the party is going on now!

  14. This sounds so tasty!! Thanks for linking up at Creative Spark! Hope you'll join us again this week :)

  15. Oooh, this is definitely going into my meal plan! Thanks for sharing at the Thank Goodness It's Thursday party - I've chosen your chili as this week's feature!

  16. Wow!! Never would have thought of chicken wings in a soup!! Yummy!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party!! Hope you come back tomorrow and share some more...I love having you!! Pinned!!

  17. Congratulations on your victory! Your recipe looks delicious - love the addition of the water chestnuts. Pinning and sharing. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  18. Congratulations! Hot wings & chili sounds like an awesome combo. Pinned and will definitely be making this soon.

  19. great recipe for the cold days ahead. thanks for sharing. Linda

  20. This looks delicious, girls! Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. I hope you'll join us again next week. Sharing your post on Twitter!

  21. Pinned and shared. Thanks for linking up at #overthemoon! I hope to see you also at #thursdayfavoritethings.