Door County Habanero Cherry Chicken Chili

More and more consumers tastes are demanding new twists on everyday soups. Our culinary and marketing teams, working in tandem, are hard at work coming up with the next big flavor. One of the ideas we came up with was this Habanero Cherry Chicken Chili, not only hitting the unique soup trend, but also working in the trend of spicy foods.

Serving Suggestion

Serving Suggestion

This Chili is sure to warm your stomach and finish off sweet with a delicious subtle cherry flavor.


  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Cups Cherry Juice (unsweetened)
  • 1 Medium Onion (chopped)
  • 2 Fresh Habanero Chili’s (de-stemmed)
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar


  • 6 Cups Cherries (no pits)
  • 4 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 2 Medium Onions (sliced thin)
  • 1 Fresh Habanero Pepper (de-stemmed)
  • 3 Pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (cubed)
  • 4 Cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Chicken Bouillon cube


The Sauce

  1. Add the vegetable oil to a small skillet and heat over medium high heat.
  2. Once hot, onions and peppers to the pan. Cook until onion is soft (5-8 minutes).
  3. Add the lemon juice, ketchup, cherry juice and sugar to the pan. Stir and cook until mixture is slightly thickened (about 5 minutes).
  4. Remove from pan and add all of this to a kitchen blender.
  5. Puree until smooth. Vent the lid so the heat doesn’t pop the lid off.
  6. Save and set aside.

The Chicken

  1. Add 5 cups of the cherries (save the remaining cup) to your soup pot.
  2. Continue adding the tomato paste, onions, habanero, chicken, garlic and bouillon to the pot. Top it all with the sauce and stir to mix.
  3. Cover and cook, on low heat for about 1 to 2 hours. Stirring occasionally to prevent sticking and/or scorching.
  4.  Once cooked, add remaining Cherries.
  5. While the chili simmers, stir and break up the cubes of chicken so that it’s shredded.
  6. Cook the chili until it gets to a consistency you like.
  7. Remove from heat and serve with chopped green onions and sour cream.

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