Award Winning Hot Wing Chili

Award Winning Hot Wing Chili

This Award Winning Hot Wing Chili features all the flavors of your favorite finger food in spicy chili. It’s a healthy, hearty way to enjoy buffalo wings in a new way!


Award Winning Hot Wing Chili


On 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 you’re 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.

Award Winning Hot Wing Chili

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 ounces)
1 can stewed, fire-roasted tomatoes (15 ounces)
salt and pepper, to taste


Award Winning Hot Wing Chili


  • In a large pot over 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!














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21 thoughts on “Award Winning Hot Wing Chili”

  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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. 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

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