Clean Eating Chicken Chili #ChickenDotCa

This Clean Eating Chicken Chili is absolutely delicious! I’ve made it twice since I originally posted, and it’s only been three weeks.

Clean Eating Chicken Chili - this hearty and healthy chili recipe is lightened up with ground chicken and is 21 day fix approved. It can be classified as paleo, depending on how strict your follow the diet.

I make a lot of chili, it’s my go to for batch cooking for healthy lunches and freezer dinners. I’m prepping and testing out recipes for the Whole30 challenge I’ll be taking part of in January (after my Disney trip, of course – because come on, let’s be real) and this Clean Eating chicken chili is winner winner chicken dinner.

Friends coming from Pinterest: Ah! I totally forgot that beans and corn are not Whole30! So I thought, maybe Paleo? However, a lot of people don’t believe beans are so it’s now Clean Eating Chicken Chili. I’ll be updating the title and Pinterest image later – it’s on my list of 1000 things to do. Repeat: this is not Whole30 Compliant.

This is my old man. His name is Chilli. #pomeranian

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Want more proof I love chili? My dog’s name is Chilli, but truth be told my husband and I were going in between Chester and Billy, so we combined the two.

Clean Eating Chicken Chili - this hearty and healthy chili recipe is lightened up with ground chicken and is 21 day fix approved.

This will be my last post for Canadian Chicken as their brand ambassador for 2016. What a year it has been! I really enjoyed being a brand ambassador because not only did I learn about Canadian Chicken Farmers and how they support our economy but I also got more creative in the kitchen and came up with so many new family favorite recipes. Check out these yummy chicken recipes.

Clean Eating Chicken Chili - this hearty and healthy chili recipe is lightened up with ground chicken and is 21 day fix approved.

Clean Eating Chicken Chili

Clean Eating Chicken Chili - this hearty and healthy chili recipe is lightened up with ground chicken and is 21 day fix approved.

There is a secret ingredient in this clean eating chicken chili recipe, and it’s an odd one. I used applesauce, I know right? I was tasting the chili and thought it needed a little sweetness, and being that I was practicing a Whole30 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. It worked really well, just use the unsweetened variety to make it Whole30 and Paleo approved. If you want this whole recipe to be compliant with Whole30 and Paleo – no corn or beans.

Clean Eating Chicken Chili

This hearty and healthy chili recipe is lightened up with ground chicken and is a yummy clean eating recipe PLUS it's 21 day fix approved.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes (14oz)
  • 1 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


  1. 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.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. 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.


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38 comments on “Clean Eating Chicken Chili #ChickenDotCa”

  1. Neither corn nor beans are whole 30 compliant. 

  2. How can this be Whole 30 with black beans as beans are a no no on the Whole 30 program.

  3. This is so good, I will try to make it. Time to clear the cans and bags of beans in the pantry!

  4. Yeah by far not whole 30.  Looks very yummy but if you’re doing whole 30 not compliant.  Also cant do applesauce.  I imagine it has sugar and u also are not supposed to change things up to make it sweet.  Whole 30 is more about eating healthy. It is also about getting rid of cravings.  So can’t alter food to make it into something u have taken out and should not.  A lot of rules with whole 30.  There is a great Facebook site and the creators have some books.

    • Hey Jen. I totally caught my mistake earlier and noted it in the post that it is note Whole 30 compliant. I am changing the images soon, I just need to find the darn time lol.
      The apple sauce is compliant as it is simply just apples 🙂 But thank you for pointing it out 🙂

      I didn’t realize black beans were a no go, I have the book now. I am going to start it Jan 9th to reset the body and see if I can figure out what foods trigger my allergies 🙂

  5. This was fantastic! I was making my chicken stock and needed a healthy recipe to use the left over chicken. The spices were perfect. Not too hot for my young kids. Keeping this recipe!

    • Thank you so much for letting me know Ashley! I love comments like this. I have a little one who if I have any spice – he won’t even pretend to eat it, so I try to be careful 🙂

  6. Just looking t the picture has me drooling and then I read the ingredients, I’ll be making this tomorrow or supper. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. If you add Diced carrots and zucchini it will add some substance in lieu of corn and beans.

  8. First: Chili is adorable!!
    Second: Applesauce? in your Chilli. First I heard of such a thing … but I agree with using it as your sugar substitute.
    I add to my vegetarian chilli sliced bamboo shoots to give that chew meat lovers miss. Well that was my idea. I do agree it works in the chilli though. You just gotta try something once to see if it works is how I like to cook 🙂

  9. This sounds delicious! I love making chili and your healthy version sounds like a winner!

  10. 21 Day Fix Approved, but how many containers of which containers for a portion?

    • It would be similar to the chili in one of the 21 day fix books. 1 green container full = 1 red, 1 yellow, and I think 1/2 purple (If I remember correctly).

  11. Looks delicious! I don’t like ground chicken, but will use shredded chicken instead. Thanks!

  12. From what I found on the Whole 30 site, beans are now allowed. The shopping list I found on Whole 30 website that says all vegetables are allowed except for corn, peas and lima beans.

  13. Hello, what size cans are to be used for the beans and tomato paste?

    • Hi Sedrick,

      I just used the standard sizes that are available here in Canada. I’m travelling right now, so I can’t look but the tomato paste would be the smaller can (I think there is only 1/4 cup in there) and the beans would be roughly 14oz.

  14. Made this for dinner tonite and it was absolutely delicious! Thank you 🙂 

  15. Just made this tonight. I slightly eyeballed the seasoning and used rotel fire roasted diced tomato and jalapeño … but you are right on with these flavors. Absolutely delicious! I can see why you’ve made it so many times already! 

    • We don’t have rotel in Canada (at least in my part of Canada), but I am going to add some jarred jalapenos next time 🙂 I’m glad you like it!

  16. No matter what kind of “diet” term actually fits this chili, I think it looks so delicious! Thank you for linking up your recipe at the #HomeMattersParty this week.

  17. Can you tell me what size can? For both tomatoe paste and tomatoes there are several different sizes to choose from.

    • Paste would be the little can I believe there is roughly 1/4 cup in it. Fire roasted is 14oz, if you’re in the US I’m not sure what that works out to be, it’s the standard size I see at the grocery store).

  18. I just made this and it’s delicious!! I kept out the corn but used everything else from the recipe and love it. The spices are spot on and even my 7 year old liked it. Thanks for posting it!

  19. Thanks for the recipe! Applesauce is an interesting choice, excited to try it! I’ve always used mashed sweet potatoes or butternut squash to give my chili’s a creamy touch of sweetness.

  20. Could I make this in the crockpot with chicken? 

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