Clean Eating Ground Chicken Chili + Video
This Clean Eating Ground Chicken Chili is absolutely delicious! Lean chicken, savory spices, and plenty of traditional chili vegetables make this a healthy chicken chili recipe just as comforting as traditional chili.
Ground Chicken Chili
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I’ve made this ground chicken chili recipe twice since I originally posted, and it’s only been three weeks. I know it’s hard to find healthy ground chicken recipes that aren’t boring, but trust me when I say that this recipe does NOT disappoint. You are going to LOVE this healthy chicken chili (and the secret ingredient).
Keep in mind that while this is a clean-eating stovetop chili recipe, it is not Whole30 or Paleo compliant.
Why You’ll Love This Healthy Chicken Chili
- Classic Flavors – A healthy twist on classic chili flavors makes this ground chicken chili recipe a fan favorite.
- Convenient – Cook this stovetop chili recipe without any special or heavy equipment like some chili recipes call for!
- Meal Prep – This ground chicken chili is delicious reheated, making it perfect for meal prep or freezer dinners.
Chicken Chili Ingredients
Looking for what goes in chicken chili before you meal plan? Here’s a quick list:
- Olive oil
- Ground chicken
- Red bell pepper
- Chicken broth
- Black beans
- Corn (fresh or frozen)
- Fire roasted tomatoes
- Tomato Paste
- Chili powder
The Secret Ingredient
There is a secret ingredient in this clean eating chicken chili recipe, and it’s an odd one.
I used applesauce — I know, right?
While tasting the ground chicken chili, I thought it needed a little sweetness. And being that I was preparing a healthy chicken chili recipe, I didn’t want to use molasses (like in the Super Lean Chili recipe) or sugar.
I knew I had to get creative, and that’s when I saw the applesauce sitting in my fridge, and it worked really well!
How to Make This Healthy Chicken Chili Recipe
Cook Ground Chicken
Heat a large pot over medium heat and add your olive oil.
Once olive oil is heated, add the ground chicken and scramble fry it until it’s cooked through (about 7 or 8 minutes).
Add the chopped onion and chopped red bell pepper and cook for 3 minutes, until fragrant and tender crisp.
Add chicken broth, black beans, frozen corn, fire roasted diced tomatoes, tomato paste, applesauce, ground chili powder, cumin, oregano, thyme, garlic, and cayenne.
Bring the entire pot to a boil.
Simmer Stovetop Chili Recipe
Once boiling, turn down the heat, cover the pot, and simmer for 50 minutes. Check on your healthy chicken chili after about 30 minutes and give the ingredients a good stir.
Just look at that hearty, chunky, chili glory.
TBK’s Pro Tip: I use a ceramic pot (the one I have is a discontinued KitchenAid, but this Lodge ceramic pot looks good) when I cook up this chili. It makes for an easy cleanup!
To show you how easy it is to whip up this chicken chili recipe, make sure to watch the quick video below.
Ground Chicken Chili Recipe Frequently Asked Questions
Is chili healthy?
Yes! Whether it’s turkey chili, beef chili, or chicken chili, most chili recipes are healthy.
This dish is full of fiber (thanks to veggies and beans), proteins, and vegetables! A winning combination for digestion, it’s guaranteed to keep you satiated (which means fuller for longer).
So eat up!
Is this recipe Paleo or Whole30?
This recipe is not Paleo or Whole30 since it includes corn and beans. However, to make it Paleo or Whole30 compliant, simply omit those ingredients (and use sugar-free applesauce!) for more of a soup-type consistency but all of the flavor!
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Clean Eating Ground Chicken Chili + Video
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 14oz can black beans
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- 1 (14 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 6oz can tomato paste roughly 1/4 cup
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1 tbsp ground chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp garlic
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once that is heated add the ground chicken and scramble fry until it’s cooked (about 7-8 minutes). Add the onion and red bell pepper and cook for 3 minutes.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Cover the pot and bring it down to a simmer for 50 minutes. Check on it at the 30 minute mark to give it a good stir.