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
- 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
- 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.