Clean Eating Chicken Chili (with Video)

This Clean Eating Chicken Chili is absolutely delicious! I’ve made it 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 chili recipe (and the secret ingredient).

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.

Healthy Chicken Chili Recipe

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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. This post has now been updated to reflect that.

I apologized, I totally missed that. However, you can make it a Whole30 chili by forgoing the beans and corn.

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.

But let’s just pretend it’s because I love food.

My cat’s name is Carl, is it because I love The Walking Dead?

Yes, so bad example.

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.

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

Just look at that hearty, chunky, chili glory.

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. Again, If you want this whole recipe to be compliant with Whole30 and Paleo – no corn or beans.

Randa’s 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!

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Is Chili Healthy?

Yes! Whether it’s turkey chili, beef chili, or chicken chili, yes chili is healthy.

It’s full of fiber (thanks to the veggies and beans), proteins, and vegetables!

The high protein content, paired with the vegetables and fiber, keep you satiated (which means fuller for longer).

So eat up!

Chicken Chili Ingredients

Looking for what goes in chicken chili before you meal plan? Here’s a quick list:

How to Make Chicken Chili

To show you how easy it is to whip up this chicken chili recipe, make sure to watch the quick video below.

Randa’s Tip: Save some money and instead of store bought applesauce why not try this healthy homemade applesauce recipe? It seriously takes less than a minute to prepare. All you need are apples, lemon juice, a pot, and a vegetable steamer.

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.
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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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken chili, chili, healthy chicken chili
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 206kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 1cuo | Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.4g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 7.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.8g | Cholesterol: 49.7mg | Sodium: 398mg | Fiber: 6.5g | Sugar: 6.4g
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63 comments on “Clean Eating Chicken Chili (with Video)”

  1. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight. Great flavor!  FYI for those on the new WW program it is 5 points per cup.  My husband was thrilled with his fact. 

  2. Great recipe and so easy to make! I didn’t have apple sauce and just threw in some diced apples and it’s tasted awesome! Thank you, adding this to my weekly rotation!

  3. 4 stars
    This is good however I ended up changing a few things. One I used fresh tomatoes, and zucchini. I didn’t have any chicken broth so I used a 12oz jar of chicken gravy and also filled the same jar up with water. Not as healthy but boy it was good!

  4. Do you drain the beans and tomatoes? Before dumping them in?

  5. Glad to see somone has used applesauce in their chili. I have a pumpkin chili recipe I’m supposed to try, but only have half a can of pumpkin. Thinking of using applesauce to substitute the other “half” of a can. They’re both fruit purees, right? (Although i guess pumpkin is technically a vegg.)

  6. Do you drain the black beans and the diced tomatoes? 
    Making this tonight. 

    Thanks!

  7. How do you think this would hold up as a crock pot recipe? I’m super big on putting stuff in and then coming back home to dinner lol.
    This looks amazing and I will definitely be trying it soon! Thanks! 

  8. This looks yummy but it is a bit misleading the beans and corn are not whole30 compliant. 

  9. This is the best chili if you want to eat a little lighter rather than the traditional chili with all the beef, definate make again and going to share with my family.

  10. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! I made this tonight and absolutely love it…so does my husband! Thank you for such an awesome recipe. Taking leftovers for lunch! 🙂 

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