skinny chili

I am usually the first person to turn up my nose at a recipe that claims to be healthy or low-cal. Especially when I’m cooking for other people. Because fat=flavor. Right? Well…if that is the case, this chili is certainly the exception. A friend of mine gave me the recipe and when I tried it I never would have guessed it was low-cal. The recipe actually comes from Men’s Health magazine (which by the way, if you want to adjust the serving size click here. MH has this amazing little tool on the website which recalculates the measurements. Very handy.) Since chili just seemed like the perfect accompaniment to a fall game day, a whipped up a batch this past Saturday and it was a hit.  And I must say, knowing that a full bowl is only 200 calories does make it taste just the teensiest bit better!
{ skinny chili }
  • 3/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup green peppers, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded, cored and minced
  • 4 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup squash, choped
Drizzle a pot with a little bit of olive oil (or nonstick spray) and allow to warm over medium high heat for about a minute. Add chicken and garlic and saute until chicken is lightly browned, about three minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, onions, celery,bell and jalapeno pepper, chili powder, and oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes. Add squash. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally until squash is tender, about 10 minutes.*
*Since we had guests in and out all day, and everyone was eating at different times, I reduced the heat to very low and left on the stove much longer than the recipe called for. It still turned out fabulous!
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