Chili's Grill & Bar is a casual dining restaurant which serves American food influenced by Tex-Mex cuisine. This site will offer a collection of copycat recipes from items on the menu past and present.

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Tortilla Crunch Chicken Fingers

Chili's Bar and Grill Copycat Recipe

Serves 6

1 package dry onion soup mix
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup crushed tortilla chips
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 egg
2 tablespoons water

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a large baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray.

Combine dry onion soup mix, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, cumin, and finely crushed tortilla chips; set aside. Beat together egg and water; set aside.

Place chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound to an even 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into 1/2 x 3 inch strips. Dip strips into egg then into tortilla chip/spice mixture, coating well. Arrange in a single layer on prepared baking dish; drizzle with butter. Bake uncovered for 15 to 18 minutes, or until chicken is done and topping is golden and crispy.

Boneless Buffalo Wings

Chili's Bar and Grill Copycat Recipe

Serves 2-4 as an appetizer

1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 chicken breast fillets
4-6 cups vegetable oil
1/4 cup Louisiana hot sauce
1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Combine flour, salt, peppers and paprika in a medium bowl. In another small bowl, whisk together egg and milk. Slice each chicken breast into 6 pieces.Heat 4 to 6 cups of vegetable oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees.

One or two at a time, dip each piece of chicken into the egg mixture, then into the breading blend; then repeat the process so that each piece of chicken is double-coated. When all chicken pieces have been breaded, arrange them on a plate and chill for 15 minutes.

When the chicken is done resting, drop each piece into the hot oil and fry for 5 or 6 minutes or until each piece is browned.

As chicken fries, combine the hot sauce and butter in a small bowl. Microwave sauce for 20 to 30 seconds or just until the butter is melted, then stir to combine. You can also use a small saucepan for this step. Just combine the hot sauce and butter in the saucepan over low heat and stir until butter is melted and ingredients are blended.

When chicken pieces are done frying, remove them to a plate lined with a couple paper towels. Place the chicken pieces into a covered container such as a large jar with a lid. Pour the sauce over the chicken in the container, cover, and then shake gently until each piece of chicken is coated with sauce. Pour the chicken onto a plate and serve the dish with blue cheese dressing and sliced celery on the side.

Tropical Sunburn Cocktail

Chili's Copycat Recipe

1 1/4 ounces Captain Morgan
spiced rum
3/4 ounce Myers’s dark rum
3/4 ounce Cointreau liqueur
2 ounces cranberry juice
2 ounces pineapple juice
2 ounces sweet & sour mix
maraschino cherry, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake, and pour into an ice filled 16 ounce glass or mug. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, add a straw, and serve.

TNT Winning Craft Burger

The menu at Chili's Grill & Bar just got some serious star power. On Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 Chili's was featured in the premiere episode of Turner Network Television's (TNT) "On The Menu," starring famed Chef Emeril Lagasse and Ty Pennington as host of the show. In the first of its kind cooking competition, everyday cooks are given the chance to have their dish appear at a nationally-recognized restaurant brand and viewers are able to taste the winning dish the day after the episode airs.

In less than 12 hours from premiere to the doors opening at more than 1,200 restaurants nationwide, Chili's educated over 50,000 team members and trained nearly 25,000 cooks on how to bring this burger to life, just as the winner envisioned. By Saturday, Oct. 4, Chili's restaurants were serving up the new craft burger to excited viewers waiting to try it for themselves.

The winning dish, which is aptly named the "Winning TNT Craft Burger," features a 100% USDA Choice patty topped with tangy slaw, hand-battered and fried house-made garlic dill pickles and Chili's classic BBQ sauce on a toasted potato bun. The dish was created by Dan Marks of Columbia, Md., who is a government consultant for immigration and customs enforcement.

Available now until Dec. 14, 2014 guests can try the "Winning TNT Craft Burger" at any Chili's restaurant nationwide.

Consumer's Favorite Casual Dining Restaurants

Consumers named Cheesecake Factory their favorite casual dining restaurant in a survey that Market Force, the customer intelligence solutions firm, released last month. Market Force polled more than 1,600 consumers to learn their takes on casual restaurants in five different categories: breakfast, steak, Italian, seafood, and general menu.

Survey respondents ranked chains by considering service, food quality, and value. Cracker Barrel topped the ranks on service, while consumers pointed to Red Robin as the most kid friendly restaurant. Other runners up to Cheesecake Factory in the general menu category were Ruby TuesdayBuffalo Wild Wings, and Chili's.

Offering good value and having good specials also piqued consumers' interest.TGI Friday's topped the chart for presenting good value for the money, while survey takers nodded to Chili's as the best casual dining restaurant when it comes to value, promotions, and coupons.

Rounding out the favorites were

Maggiano's (Italian restaurant)
The Capital Grille (favorite steakhouse)
Pappadeux (favorite seafood restaurant)
Mimi's (favorite breakfast restaurant)

Chili's Frozen Products


Chili's is rolling out a grocery line, but you might not recognize the menu.
The chain's freezer case of feature single and multi serving dishes comes a long time after other casual dining chains like TGI Friday's and P.F. Chang's introduced frozen food at the supermarket.
The line will be available at some 14,000 supermarkets including Walmart, Kroger, Safeway, Food Lion, H-E-B, Meijer, Giant Eagle and Publix, among many others.

Bellisio Foods, a leading frozen foods manufacturer, is partnering with Chili’s Grill & Bar to introduce a new line of licensed frozen meals — boldly flavored and deliciously prepared — that consumers can easily serve at home.

The “Chili’s Inspired” frozen foods include:

  • Cajun Chicken Alfredo
  • Nacho Potaoes 
  • Bacon Mac and Cheese
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch
  • Cheesy Chicken Pasta Florentine
  • Chipotle Chicken and Potatoes
  • Mango Chicken with Rice
  • Sweet Bourbon Pork with Rice
  • Island Chicken and Rice
  • Chicken and Pasta with Green Chiles
  • Chicken Fajita Rice
  • Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese
  • Bacon Mac and Cheese
  • Nacho Potatoes with Beef and Bacon
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch
  • Cheesy Chicken Pasta Florentine
  • Bacon Mac and Cheese
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch
  • Loaded Chicken Enchilada Soup

Fresh Mex Bowls


  • Chipotle Fresh Mex Bowl - Made with house made corn & black bean salsa, rice & chipotle pesto. Topped with cheddar cheese, house made pico de gallo, fresh field greens, chopped cilantro, crispy tortilla strips, fresh sliced avocado & a drizzle of cumin lime sour cream. 

  • Margarita Fresh Mex Bowl - Made with house made corn & black bean salsa, rice & black beans. Topped with house made pico de gallo, fresh field greens, chopped cilantro, crispy tortilla strips, fresh sliced avocado & a drizzle of margarita sauce.

$20 Dinner For 2


Share an Appetizer & Two Full-Size Entrees. No substitutions. Price does not include beverage or tax. (Offer valid only at participating US locations. Excludes Hawaii and Alaska locations. Appetizer and Entree availability may vary.)

Pick 1 Appetizer

  • Fried Cheese
  • Crispy Onion & Jalapeno Stack
  • Tostada Chips & Salsa
  • Tostada Chips & Fresh Guacamole
  • Half Order of Texas Cheese Fries

Select Two Full Size Entrees

  • Fajitas (Choose Grilled Chicken and/or Pork Carnitas)
  • Half Rack of Baby Back Ribs with Homestyle Fries (Choose Original or Memphis Dry Rub)
  • Mango Chile Tilapia 
  • Mango Chile Chicken 
  • Grilled Chicken Salad 
  • Classic Bacon Burger
  • Cajun Chicken Pasta
  • Margarita Grilled Chicken 
  • 6 oz. Classic Sirloin
  • Bacon Ranch Chicken Quesadillas
  • Original Chicken Crispers
  • Crispy Chicken Crispers
  • Crispy Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers