Clean Eating Chicken Vegetable Chili

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Howdy Friends,

Happy Tuesday! My day started off with a great Pilates class at 7AM and then another one at 10:15 AM. Teaching is getting easier; however, the hip flexor still yells at me if I try to move any faster than a conservative walk. I'm starting to go stir crazy!

The weather has been anything but pretty here the last two days, so I was in the mood for warm comfort food big time. I came across this recipe for buffalo chicken chili this weekend and decided to give it a try. Because E is not the biggest fan of super spicy food, onions, celery, and a whole host of other things, I ended up changing most of the recipe.

Mine ended up tasting more like regular chili than Olena's buffalo chicken. It still had a really unique flavor and was a nice change up from regular 'ol chili. I do love how this recipe incorporates more vegetables and not just meat and beans.

First up, assemble your ingredients. This picture does not include the three HUGE chicken breasts or all of the spices I used. I also ended up throwing in an extra can of black beans at the end to make it more chili and less soup like.

This recipe is actually a two step process. Step 1 includes sauteing your carrots and onions with the garlic to soften the carrots and really bring out the flavor in the onion. I cut my onion into large pieces so E could pick them out easier (see, I'm totally ready for kids), but you can definitely chop them into fine pieces.

Next, add all remaining ingredients, cooked carrots and onions into the crock pot. Mix well! Sink your chicken breasts to the bottom of the crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.

It was super easy and made the entire house smell delicious! I will definitely mark this one down to make next time we need to feed a large group. It easily made enough to feed 8 grown men, so needless to say, I will be enjoying leftovers for a while.

Ready to give it a try? Here you go!

Crock Pot Chicken Chili

by Lauren George
Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 4-8 hours
Keywords: slow-cooker entree gluten-free

Ingredients (8 servings)
  • 2 lbs Chicken breasts, skinless and boneless (3 large breasts)
  • 2 15oz cans low sodium Black Beans
  • 2 15 oz cans low sodium Kidney Beans
  • 2 15oz cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Frank's red hot sauce, original
  • 3 cups Carrots chopped
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 1 Large onion
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Chop carrots and onion.
Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Saute carrots, onion, and garlic until carrots are soft and onions are transparent.
Combine all remaining ingredients in the crock pot (except the chicken) and stir thoroughly.
Poor in carrot and onion mixture and mix.
Add in whole chicken breasts and push to bottom of the crock pot so they are completely submerged in the chili mixture. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
Remove chicken and shred. Add shredded chicken back to mixture.
Allow to simmer for 30 minutes and serve.
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Let me know if you give it a try. I'm off the heat up a bowl for lunch. :)

In health,

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11 Responses to “Clean Eating Chicken Vegetable Chili”

  1. Looks delicious! I'll have to try it :)

  2. This chili looks amazing! Its been snowing and sleeting here in Georgia so this is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  3. This looks like a recipe I could make. Yay! MIght try it this week while we're snowed in. Visiting from #SITSBlogging

  4. We love chili and this recipe looks super simple, can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hi! your Crock Pot Chicken Chili looks delicious ! Really looks easy to make. I think I'll try making it this weekend! I'm pinning it! Thanks for sharing . #sitsbloggng

  6. This looks delicious! I'm always looking for make ahead meals for days when the kids have lots of activities/homework and I don't want to ruin my diet by eating something fast & easy. Thanks for the recipe! #SITSBlogging

  7. This looks great! I pinned to make sometime soon! #SITSBlogging

  8. This sounds so delicious! I love a good crock pot meal that makes a ton, because my husband eats enough for at least three, making it hard to feed this family of five because it's like feeding eight! I'm pinning this for the future! Stopping by from SITS to spread the comment love!

  9. Sorry for typically repeating what everyone else has said... but this *does* look good! It's not hard to want to eat clean when it looks so tasty. And easy. I love crock pots. Three isn't too many, is it??

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