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Garlic Chili Chicken and Peppers Stir Fry (One-pan chicken dinner!)

A one-skillet recipe for Garlic Chili Chicken and Peppers Stir Fry with a delicious spiced tomato sauce. Spoon the sauce over pasta or rice - you'll love this easy healthy chicken dinner idea.

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Chicken and peppers stir fry

I am the queen of one-pan recipes lately! To be honest, I just haven't been feeling up to making elaborate dinners that take up every burner of my stove.

I want quick, flavor-packed dishes. Luckily there are a ton of recipes you can make in about a half hour in just one skillet.

This Garlic Chili Chicken with Green Bell Peppers is one of my favorite recipes. It is super easy to prep and cook (30 minutes from scratch!) and extremely healthy because of the lean chicken breast and bell peppers.

It's packed with flavor thanks to fresh garlic and delicious smoky chili powder.

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Related recipe: Chicken Wild Rice Casserole

Tips to make this Chicken and Peppers super quickly:

  • You can chop the chicken, season it (with salt, pepper, and chili powder), and start cooking it immediately in a large skillet.
  • While the chicken cooks, clean and slice the bell peppers, onion, and mince the garlic. Use a garlic press (such as this one) or a microplane zester (such as this one) for super quick minced garlic. 
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, and cook until the bell peppers are cooked to your liking and your house smells wonderful.

Related recipe: Hot Honey Chicken (20 minute dinner!)

What makes this Garlic Chili Chicken and Peppers Recipe extra tasty?

  • The sauce in this Garlic Chili Chicken recipe is made from fire roasted diced tomatoes. I love using fire roasted diced tomatoes because the blackened roasted tomatoes add a whole other level of flavor to my dishes - there is a sweet and smoky flavor to the fire-roasted tomatoes that you don't get in the regular diced tomatoes. So don't skimp on the fire roasted tomatoes in this recipe!
  • The garlic, onions, and peppers are added in the last step of the recipe, which means that they give the whole dish an extra boost of flavor because they are not overcooked. The bell peppers and onions stay nice and crisp, and the three garlic cloves give everything a wonderful garlic aroma without being overpowering.
  • Fresh chili powder without added salt is also key to maximizing the flavors of this dish. Here is a great recipe for homemade chili powder mix if you want to make your own, but of course you can also buy chili powder. I like this one here from Simply Organic because it doesn't have salt added. That way you can add lots of it to get all the flavor without making your recipes too salty.

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Related recipe: Chicken Sausage Veggie Dinner

Tips for the tomato sauce for this recipe:

For this dish, you can use either one or two cans of fire-roasted diced tomatoes - it all depends on what you will serve this with and how much sauce you want.

If you want to make sure you have lots of sauce to serve with pasta, rice, or polenta then I recommend using two cans. If you are serving this with a side that doesn't need too much extra sauce (such as roasted potatoes), then you can easily use one can. It's totally up to you, and the cooking directions are the same whether you use one or two cans.

I recommend topping this Chicken and Peppers dish with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Parmesan adds a bit of savory, nutty flavor to the dish that works wonderfully with the warm spicy flavors of the recipe.

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So if you are looking for a little something different, a little something delicious, and a very simple healthy dinner, you should give this garlic chili chicken and peppers skillet a try. Let me know in the comments if you make this, I love to hear from you!

More chicken dinner ideas: 30 Thin-Sliced Chicken Breast Recipes

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Garlic Chili Chicken and Pepper Skillet

A one-skillet recipe for Garlic Chili Chicken and Peppers with a delicious spiced tomato sauce to spoon over your favorite side dish. 
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Kate
Cost: $8


  • 1 lb chicken breast, thinly sliced - (about 2 small-medium chicken breasts)
  • Salt & pepper - , to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 green bell peppers - , seeds removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 onion - , thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves - , minced
  • 1 or 2 14 oz cans fire roasted diced tomatoes - (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a large bowl, combine the chicken breast, salt, pepper, and chili powder and mix well.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet, and add the seasoned chicken to the skillet in a single later. Cook for 7-10 minutes over medium heat, stirring every few minutes.
  • Add the sliced bell peppers, sliced onion, and minced garlic cloves, and stir well. Add the diced tomatoes (including the liquid - see notes!) and stir. Cover with a lid and allow to stew for about 5 minutes, or until the peppers are cooked to your liking and the chicken is fully cooked. Stir well and remove from heat. Serve hot, spooning the extra tomato sauce over pasta, rice, polenta, or your favorite side dish. Top with freshly grated Parmesan. 


You can use one or two cans of diced tomatoes - your choice. Use two cans if you would like extra sauce to spoon over your side dish, or use just one can if you are serving this with a side that doesn't need extra sauce.


Calories: 312kcal (16%) | Carbohydrates: 12g (4%) | Protein: 37g (74%) | Fat: 11g (17%) | Saturated Fat: 5g (25%) | Sodium: 68mg (3%) | Potassium: 231mg (7%) | Fiber: 2g (8%) | Sugar: 2g (2%) | Vitamin A: 1405IU (28%) | Vitamin C: 50.6mg (61%) | Calcium: 30mg (3%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)

The nutritional information displayed is an estimate and not to be used as dietary or nutritional advice. Consult a nutritionist or dietician for nutritional info based on the exact ingredients you use.


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Tuesday 23rd of January 2024

This was really good! I added less of the chili seasoning and added paprika and cumin. Definitely will make again!


Tuesday 15th of August 2023

I made a few alterations to the recipe and it turned out fantastic. I subbed out bell peppers in favor of hatch green chile peppers, I used chipotle chili powder instead of plain chili powder, I tripled the minced garlic (because you can never use too much garlic), and I diced fresh from the vine tomato, threw them in a cast iron skillet with salt, pepper, and oil, on the top rack of my oven at 450° for 35 min.

The Chiles and chipotle chilli powder really kicked the flavor and heat up!


Tuesday 14th of March 2023

I made this while camping. It was quick and easy. Toasty to. I didn't have enough chili powder so I added a little red pepper flakes.


Wednesday 15th of March 2023

Ooh this is a great camping recipe! I never thought about this one for camping. Thanks for your review :)

Sabrina J

Monday 18th of April 2022

It was fantastic! Will eat again!


Wednesday 20th of April 2022

So glad to hear!!


Wednesday 30th of June 2021

Could I use fresh tomatoes instead of canned?

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