Tuesday, January 18, 2011

White Bean Chicken Chili

I'm always on the hunt to find delicious yet healthy recipes. Since my husband and I are both currently trying to eat healthier and drop some weight, our dinner menu has become depressing bland horrible a tiny bit boring. In talking about our dinner menu for the week, I had suggested turkey chili. Since we're both a bit tired of traditional chili and I have quite a few cans of white beans in my pantry, my chunky hunk suggested that we try out a white bean chili. And really, what's more filling and wonderful than a big bowl of steaming hot chili during all the snow the East coast has been hammered with lately? And the best part? It's under 500 calories a serving!

White Bean Chicken Chili

1 cup water
1 cup chicken broth
2 large chicken breasts
1 can garbanzo beans
1 can navy beans
1 can cannelini beans
1 hot pepper of your choice
1 large bell pepper
2 tbsp. chili powder
dash S&P
2 tsp. hot sauce (or more, we used 4 tsp.)

Place chicken in a large pot and cover with water and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 2 minutes, turn down to low, and let simmer for 15 minutes or til done. While chicken is cooling, pour the beans into a crock pot, slice both peppers into small sections and add to crock pot. When chicken is cool, discard broth and shred or dice into bite-size pieces, add to crock pot. Season with the chili powder, S&P and the hot sauce. Stir well and let cook for 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 on low.

Makes 4 servings.
405.6 calories per serving

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