Eat Skinny Super Bowl Edition: Chunky Chicken Chili

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Hi friends! Before we begin with chunky, chunky, CHUNKY delicious chili (it needed three chunky’s, you’ll see why) I have to first say one big thing.

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THANK YOU for making January the BEST month for my blog, by multiple thousands of views. I had a really rough day yesterday (a big thank you again to Kelly for listening) so seeing those numbers today really just validated everything. Plus, just having amazing friends I met solely through blogging and amazing fans (love every single one of you!) just makes every second I do this totally worth it. We birds of a featha gotta stick togetha, ya know? :)

Now, onto chunky, chunky deliciousness.

Told you, chunky! Luckily the only chunks are in the soup and NOT on my waistline, thanks to the healthy addition of white beans, the use of low-sodium organic chicken broth and the lean chicken breast. I love me a nice chunky soup, just not a chunky tummy.

Begin I dig into how delicious this chili is, I must first regale you with a slightly humorous story. I took these photographs this morning. For one, the lighting is RAD in the morning at my house and two, it wasn’t done stewing it’s magic until after we returned home from the gym last night at 7pm. So, in hopes to create a great shot, I poured a beer to accompany the chili in the photo. It is Super Bowl themed, after all.

Well, as I was busy snapping photos, my neighbors (who are wonderful elderly folk trying to sell their home) step out of their house to great someone. I look up? It’s their realtor and a nice little family, complete with an infant and 5 year old in tow.

And, there I was, just taking photos of beer and chili at 9:30 am. Their faces said enough. I shuffled back inside, with a big D for town drunk imprinted on my head. I wanted to say “Oh, this isn’t what it looks like, I’m just staging a photo for my blog!” But, the damage was done. I fear my neighbors may  never sell their house. But one good thing did come out of this…

I got some pretty good pictures of the chili! Regardless of my embarrassment, this chili is a MUST-MAKE for Super Bowl Sunday. It’s warm, savory, comforting and has just the right kick of spice from the addition of crushed red pepper. Paired with an ice cold beer (at a time later than 9 am) and crusty bread, and you have the PERFECT main course for game day.

Plus, this dish requires minimal effort, since all work is being done by Sir Crock-pot. Oh, and because it’s healthy, you won’t feel chunky eating it. And that’s what we call a touchdown in cooking.

Okay, I’m done.

Chunky Chicken Chili

Serves about 5
Prep time: 15 – 20 minutes
Cook time: About 8 hours on low, 4 hours on high

Ingredients:

  • About 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cans of white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups of organic, low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • Liberal dashes of salt and pepper

Directions:

  • Put chicken in a 4 quart crock pot. Pour broth, beans, tomatoes, onion, carrot, garlic and all herbs over chicken. Add dashes of salt and pepper.
  • Set on low and cook for about 7 hours. Once chicken is done, remove from crock pot and shred with two forks in a separate bowl. Add chicken back to the vegetable mixture and cook an additional hour so chicken soaks up the flavor. Serve with crusty bread and beer and enjoy!

Oh, and if you wanted to have a beer at 9am, I wouldn’t judge you. Just sayin’ :)

Nutritional information per cup: 220 calories, 6 grams of fat, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of dietary fiber, 28 grams of protein and 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus points.

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Comments

  1. Posted by Kiri W. on
    Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
    Haha, what a story! I bet they were appropriately confused ;)
    Looks delicious! I love chunky soups, so this is a life saver!
    And I'm glad you're feeling better, I can only begin to imagine how many hits you must get!
  2. Posted by Jessica Trimble on
    Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
    Hahaha, I'm sure they didn't think a thing of it... besides, if it's daylight, it's time to drink right? ;)
    This chili sounds so good, I love chicken chili so I'll have to try it
  3. Posted by Jen on
    Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
    Ahh the life of a food blogger. That soup looks super tasty. Anything in the crockpot is a winner!
  4. Posted by Anonymous on
    Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
    This l
  5. Posted by Anonymous on
    Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
    Looks
  6. Posted by Professor Vegetable on
    Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
    Chunky chili is the best!!!
  7. Posted by Jackie on
    Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
    Anything that allows more of my Super Bowl calories to be allocated to beer is a winner in my book. This looks fabulous! 
  8. Posted by Lauren on
    Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
    this looks great! I love the bowl btw :)
  9. Posted by Kelly on
    Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
    I NEED this chunky chicken in my life!! :)
  10. Posted by Anonymous on
    Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
    Love the new look Claire! I am very tempted to make this on Sunday. It looks so hearty and delicious!
  11. Posted by Joanne on
    Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
    Chunky soups are the best! I love the sound of htis one...super filling.  Congrats on your excellent numbers in January!  It's nice how something little like that can really make your day.
  12. Posted by jess_gonzalez22 on
    Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
    Just repinned this to my "Soups and Stews" board on Pinterest. Looks so yummy AND I don't have to feel guilty about it. Win Win for me :D
  13. Posted by Kristina on
    Friday, February 3rd, 2012
    I love chicken chili!! Yours looks awesome, chunky chili is the best :) Definitely on the menu for Super Bowl Sunday!