Studies have shown that spicy food may help heat up your metabolism. Although the actual long-term effects chili and other hot foods have on your the metabolism are a bit inconclusive, it is known that eating spicy foods can make you feel fuller and at least temporarily increase your metabolism through a process called thermogenesis. And adding spicy peppers to a dish can give great flavor without the added sodium, so let’s add some spice to your life with this delicious recipe!
This recipe serves four and is great for dinner or for a quick lunch the next day. It’s also a fantastic smell to come home to at the end of the day!
Spicy Pulled Chicken
Note: Spicy Pulled Chicken can be served in corn tortillas for your high carb days or over lettuce to make a delicious salad on your low carb days.
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup salsa
2 teaspoons olive il (or use butter spray)
1 medium onion, diced
1 Jalapeño pepper diced (Add more if you like it hot, less if you like it mild.)
2 red, yellow, or orange peppers, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
4 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
Dash of chili powder
8 corn tortillas (high carb meal) or chopped lettuce (low carb meal)
Cook the chicken breasts and salsa (my favorite is Jack’s Salsa because it’s low in sugar, sodium, and carbs) on low in the Crockpot for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours. (You can stick it in before you run out the door in the morning, and you can even stick frozen chicken in and leave it cooking all day). When you get home, it will be deliciously cooked and should fall apart easily. Sauté the onions, Jalapeños, and peppers in the olive oil or butter spray until cooked through.
Low carb day: Serve chicken and sauteed veggies over lettuce. Top with tomatoes. Mix Greek yogurt with the dash of chili powder and serve 1-2 teaspoons on top of each serving to offset some of the heat.
High carb day: Add chicken and sautéed veggies to a corn tortilla. Top with tomatoes. Mix Greek yogurt with the dash of chili powder and serve 1-2 teaspoons on top of each tortilla to offset some of the heat.