Healthy Winter Eats: Chicken Quinoa Chili


Winter weather + chicken chili = perfection in my book. And yes, I know. Arizona isn?t known for being very ?wintery,? but still…this girl (and her brood) appreciates an easy-to-cook, delicious, and nutritious chili recipe. πŸ˜‰ Today I?m sharing an original creation from one of our?Extreme Weight Loss?season 5 peeps, Tiffany…who you will have the pleasure of meeting next summer!! Gotta’ say, this recipe is amazeballs..AND it?s kid approved! ?And did I mention prep time is minimal?? Yup…my kind of meal. So grab your chopping knife, slow cooker, and can opener, and let?s get cooking!

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Chicken Quinoa Chili
Makes 18, 1 cup servings

What you?ll need:

2 punds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chunked
1 can low-sodium chicken broth, plus 1 can water
2 cans low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans low-sodium chickpeas
2 cans low-sodium diced tomatoes
1 can tomatoes with green chilies
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 diced jalapeno
1 cup uncooked quinoa
Garnish: Non-fat plain Greek yogurt and grated fat-free cheddar cheese

What you?ll do:

1. Place all ingredients except the quinoa in a 6-quart (or larger) slow cooker, mix well, and cook for 2-3 hours on high.
2. Stir in the quinoa and cook for 2 more hours on high.
3. Break up the chicken if you?d like, and spoon into bowls. Top with a dollop of non-fat plain Greek yogurt and 1 tablespoon of grated fat free cheddar cheese.
4. Enjoy!

What?s in it:

Each 1 cup serving has 187.8 calories, 17.3 g protein, 26.7 g carbs, 5.6 g fiber, 2.8 g fat, and 425.5 mg sodium.

*NOTE:?The sodium is a tiny bit on the high side, but since this is pretty much a meal-in-a-bowl (and a super nutritious one, at that!), that little extra sodium is A-Okay in my book. Just aim to keep your daily sodium count below 2000 mg a day, even with the chili.



Related post:

What’s for Dinner? White Chicken Chili in the Slow Cooker!

13 Responses

    1. Hi Carol: You’ll only need to drain and rinse the black beans (I’ve edited the recipe to show that). Enjoy!

  1. Heidi, I was hoping, that you had some insight into some recipes for someone with acid-reflux or gerd as they call it in the medical field. Also, I have never been a lazy person and work as a tinner which requires that I move all day long but my eating and drinking habits have been terrible throughout my life. For Instance, I was drinking a 12-pack or more a day of Mountain dew which helped me stay in tune with the young-bucks at work but just can’t get one pop down without upsetting this acid-reflux. In short, I have changed the way I eat junk foods but sneak a cheeseburger in once in awhile but find that many of the healthy recipes I’ve tried are terrible tasting, and couldn’t eat it on my best day. I hope that maybe you have a few recipes that you’d share that are good tasting, and beneficial to the stomach Rick M

    1. Chris and Heidi have lots of awesome healthy, easy, and yummy recipes in both their books (“Choose to Lose” and “Choose More, Lose More for Life”). Check ’em out!

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