Guilt-Free Chicken Chili Recipe
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Guilt-Free Chicken Chili Recipe

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This chili is a keeper. Make it on Sunday and you get lunch for the rest of the week, too. —Amy Chalmers, Poughkeepsie, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground chicken
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups hot cooked brown rice
  • Optional toppings: Greek yogurt, reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese and/or sliced jalapeno peppers

Nutritional Facts

3/4 chili with 1/2 cup cooked brown rice (calculated without optional toppings): 326 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 411mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 10g fiber), 21g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook chicken, onion, red pepper and garlic over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, breaking up chicken into crumbles; drain.
  2. Add beans, tomatoes, water, tomato paste, cocoa and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until flavors are blended.
  3. Serve with rice and, if desired, toppings of your choice.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled chili in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water or reduced-sodium broth if necessary. Serve with brown rice and toppings as directed.
    Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Guilt-Free Chicken Chili in Simple & Delicious February/March 2014

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kkrowiak User ID: 7753114 197165
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"This was hands-down the best chili I have ever tasted let alone cooked. Follow the recipe to the letter the first time around so you can see for yourself exactly what you may do to tweak it - I'm going to be adding corn the next time I do, but there is absolutely no NEED to change anything. Fantastic recipe, I'm going to be making this on a regular basis."

boss_norton User ID: 7661952 185781
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"I made it as directed forgot to drain beans( whoops ) I doubled the recipe and used one can tomato sauce instead of two cans tomatoes. A little extra chili powder, garlic and added green pepper .. Everyone loved it ! i also used white rice instead of brown due to gluten allergy"

Francisca3032 User ID: 6052254 197971
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"This is very bland and the baking cocoa is not a good idea. It is nasty!!!!!! I had to add bacon molasses, more garlic and worcestershire sauce to make it edible so we did not waste the food. We ate til we were full and gave the rest to the dogs."

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