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Guilt-Free Chicken Chili

This chili is a keeper. Make it on Sunday and you get lunch for the rest of the week, too. —Amy Chalmers, Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground chicken
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups hot cooked brown rice
  • Optional toppings: Greek yogurt, reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese and/or sliced jalapeno peppers

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, cook chicken, onion, red pepper and garlic over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, breaking up chicken into crumbles; drain.
  • Add beans, tomatoes, water, tomato paste, cocoa and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until flavors are blended.
  • Serve with rice and, if desired, toppings of your choice.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled chili in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water or reduced-sodium broth if necessary. Serve with brown rice and toppings as directed.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 chili with 1/2 cup cooked brown rice (calculated without optional toppings): 326 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 411mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 10g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • Marilyn
    Oct 18, 2020

    I love this chili. I have copied it to an index card and put it in my file for rotation. That means it’s good at my house! The only change I made was I left out the cocoa powder. I served it on rice. Thus will be my permanent chili recipe. I would recommend this to everyone. I gave a copy of it to my daughter who loved it, too!!!!!

  • Francisca3032
    Dec 30, 2013

    This is very bland and the baking cocoa is not a good idea. It is nasty!!!!!! I had to add bacon molasses, more garlic and worcestershire sauce to make it edible so we did not waste the food. We ate til we were full and gave the rest to the dogs.