Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Good-For-You Chicken Chili {Crockpot Chili}

Happy New Year, my friends!

I've never really been one for making (or keeping!) resolutions every January. Yet this year, I find myself really compelled to make some changes in my life. One of which-- is to be healthier.

The thing about being healthy is that it takes a lot of work.

Exercising. Meal planning. Cooking. Blech. But it needs to be done.

So I've decided to bring you all along with me on my healthier journey, if you'll join me. In addition to all my regular crafts and projects, I'll share any easy, yet good-for-you recipes that I make here in my home.

So here we go:

Crockpot Chicken Chili

Makes about 4 servings
Adapted from Rita's Recipes


3 chicken breasts (they can even be frozen!)
2 14-oz. cans of diced tomatoes (no salt added)
1 can of sweet corn
1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed (black, chili, or kidney beans could work as well)
1 8-oz. pkg. fat-free cream cheese
1 T. chili powder
1 T. cumin
1 t. onion powder
1 pkg. of ranch dressing mix or make the following homemade ranch dressing mix . . .

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix:

1 T. dried parsley
1 t. dried basil
2 t. dried dill
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1 t. dried chives
1/2 t. black pepper

The great thing about using a homemade ranch mix is that you can control how much salt you want. If you notice, this recipe tries to limit the sodium content. A lot of chili recipes have tons of salt! We like to get the no salt added canned tomatoes and I'm careful to rinse the beans to counteract that issue.


Put all ingredients into your crockpot. Give it a little stir. Cook on high for about 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Right before serving, shred the chicken with a fork.

Easy peasy! This recipe makes a rather mild chili. If you like some zing, you can add some cayenne or a couple of chipotle peppers. Or just top a bowl with some jalapenos. I ate my bowl with seven tortilla chips. Yes, I counted. Every. Single. One. . . Sigh.


I think each serving (2 cups) has approximately 360 calories. I'm not an expert, but if I did my math right, that should be pretty close.

Do you all have any resolutions for the new year? Do you have any favorite healthy recipes?

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1 comment:

  1. Great idea for adding to your blog.

    Here is a way to get the nutritional information for your recipes:


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