Chicken Chili

The madness begins this week for me. I have two Christmas parties this week, two next week,  one blissful week with none, then two, then another two. December is jam packed full of unhealthy foods and social engagements. Don't get me wrong, I am lucky to have so many friends and family members to spend time with, but it's overwhelming none the less. There is also the issue of my waistline, which the abundance of parties threatens to expand. 

Due to the sheer amount of parties that I attend I try to keep food in December healthy and easy in terms of what I prepare at home. Whenever I can I try to make extra so I can stash a few meals away in the freezer for packed lunches. Weekends can get so busy that making time to meal plan and prepare healthy foods is really a challenge. It's something that I struggle with every year. My crock-pot is my best friend in the month of December; it's so nice to be able to throw ingredients in and then go about my busy day. I do however have a few stove top recipes that I will make because of their fast prep time and the ability to freeze well. This week's recipe, chicken chili, definitely falls into that category. 

An easy to prepare meal for those busy December nights. 

An easy to prepare meal for those busy December nights. 

Everyone has their own special chili recipe, some people have several. I have two that I make frequently throughout the winter, I'll probably share my veggie one in a few months. I love this chili because it is so easy to make. I make it on the stove top because I'm too lazy to brown my meat and then transfer it to the slow cooker. However in saying that, this recipe works great in a slow cooker if you don't have time to hang around the house while it simmers away. I use lean ground chicken in this but you don't have to; other meat or even veggie ground round would work just as well. Please don't try to substitute the ancho chili powder for normal chili powder, the two are quite different. Have a look at my chili powder breakdown for more info on the subject. If you would like this a bit spicier you can add some chili flakes to kick up the heat. 



Chicken Chili

1 LB Lean Ground Chicken

1 TBSP Canola Oil

1 Large White Onion, Diced 

1 L Canned Diced Tomatoes 

1 Large Red Pepper, Diced

0.3 C Frozen Corn

1 Can Tomato Paste (156ml)

1 TBSP Ancho Chili Powder

0.5 TSP Garlic Powder

1 TSP Dried Oregano

1 TSP Cumin


Heat oil in a deep pot

Saute onion and chicken until brown

Add all other ingredients

Simmer on medium low for 30-40 minutes stirring frequently to prevent sticking

Serve hot

Sour cream and cheddar cheese make super tasty garnishes for this