Greek Chicken Chili with Oregano

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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When the Fall season approaches, I always turn to my family’s favorite beef chili recipe (Easy Chili) to serve during cooler weather. Although they love it, I tend to make the same recipe over and over, and it can get old. So, I decided to explore the world of chicken chili recipes using Greek inspired ingredients. Chicken and oregano are a common Greek pairing in many of our dishes. Fresh oregano can be very strong in flavor so be light if you’re not a fan. I have it growing in my garden year around for my stews, soups and lamb dishes. Try growing it in a pot, it’s a hardy herb and stays around all year long.

Oregano is a staple in the Greek diet fresh and dry. The health benefits may surprise you, it’s not talked about as much as other herbs. Here are a few healthy tips you may want to know, so you can begin incorporating it into your meals. My garden oregano must be 5 years old. It’s one of the hardiest of all the herbs. Look for organic seeds here at Seed Savers.

  • Oregano also has antibacterial properties, with thymol and carvacrol compounds to defend the body from bad bacteria.
  • It aids in digestion because it is packed with fiber.
  • Oregano is a natural form of omega-3 fatty acids, a good cholesterol to improve heart health.
  • It has a high content of manganese, calcium, iron, Vitamin K which helps detox the body.
  • With all these packed nutrients, oregano also helps improve our bone health.



Greek Chicken Chili with Oregano

I wanted to have a chicken chili recipe I can make besides our family's beef version. Chicken and oregano are two ingredients that marry well in our Greek stews and soups. My garden is my  inspiration for many of my dishes, and Greek oregano is always growing there.

Course Main Course
Cuisine California Greek
Keyword chili
Servings 6 servings
Author Mary Papoulias-Platis


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 15-19 oz. can Cannellini beans or white navy beans
  • 1 28 oz. can whole tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2-3 springs fresh oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled fresh feta cheese for topping
  • 1/4 cup assorted olives, sliced in half for topping


  1. In a large Dutch oven add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and over high heat,add the chicken, red pepper, onion,  and garlic and cook until chicken is brown and pan juices are evaporated, around 15 minutes. 

  2. Add the cumin, dried oregano, red pepper flakes and smoked paprika and cook for 1 minute.

  3. Stir in the canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, fresh oregano,salt, pepper and bay leaf. 

  4. Drain the liquid from the beans into the chili mixture. Set the beans aside.

  5. Bring the chili to a boil, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  6. Add the reserved beans. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Discard bay leaf before serving.

  7. Before serving, top with crumbled feta cheese and sliced olives.

You can add other toppings to your Greek inspired chili; try fresh tomatoes, fresh sprig of basil, grated Greek cheese or Parm, pesto, or a spicy salsa.

Enjoy your Fall,




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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nick @

People may not realize it, but chili is a fairly common spice to use in Greek cuisine. It goes very well with oregano in this chicken recipe!

2 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Hi Nick,
When you think about Middle Eastern spices and how they influenced Greek cooking you are 100% correct!

3 Marry

Made this tonight and it was very good. I cooked beans (only took 45 min) and subbed out the water and bean water with 1 C chicken stock. I also added some juice from a can of chipotle chilies. The feta and olives made it great! Thank you for the recipe.

4 Mary Papoulias-Platis

I love the substitutions you made for the recipe. I need to try them. Thank for following my blog.
Best to you,

5 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Marry, Thank for visiting my site!
Best in Health,

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