Paleo Chicken Chili Recipe
If you’re looking for a hearty dinner with a little bit of spice, this Paleo chicken chili is the recipe for you! This chili has it all, the tomatoes, the sweet peppers, the chili peppers, and of course, bacon! Don’t let the cook time scare you away from this chili. Once the prep is done, it only needs a quick stir every ten minutes to make sure nothing burns. This recipe can easily be customized according to your preferred level of spice. If you prefer milder chili, feel free to omit the fresh chili peppers. However you like it, this chili will keep you warm through the coldest days of the winter.
Top Tips for Buying and Cooking Ground Chicken
- Read the labels – Most pre-ground chicken is a mix between light and dark meat. Read the label to find out the exact fat content. If you have a strong preference for the type of meat, you can ask your butcher to grind it for you. Or buy boneless chicken breasts or deboned chicken thighs and grind them yourself in the food processor.
- Low and slow is the way to go – Ground chicken dries out very easily, so it is a good idea to cook chicken at a lower temperature than ground beef or pork. Keep it on medium until fully cooked through and don’t be tempted to turn the temp up for faster results. It’s worth the wait.
- Keep it moist – Adding moisture is the best way to avoid dry or dense ground chicken. Coconut oil is an easy addition, but you could also add a fattier meat like bacon or even a moist vegetable like grated zucchini.
What is Chili Powder?
Did you know that most store-bought chili power is actually made from a combination of many different ground peppers? Most chili powder blends even contain other herbs and spices like onion powder and oregano. Some even contain salt. It’s a good idea to check the label to make sure you know exactly what you are getting.
In some parts of the country, you can also find, chili seasoning. This particular blend contains thickening agents like cornstarch and even wheat flour and it should be avoided for those following a Paleo diet.
If you want to take the guesswork out of choosing a chili powder blend, you can make it yourself. The typical blend contains paprika, cayenne, garlic and onion powder, cumin, and oregano.
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A deliciously lean chili sure to warm you up.
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) of coconut oil, to cook with
- 2 lbs (1 kg) of ground chicken (or use 4 chicken breasts and food process them)
- 4 slices of bacon (112 g)
- 2 large onions, diced
- 3 bell peppers, diced
- 2 chili peppers, seeds removed and finely diced (optional)
- 1 can (400 g) of diced tomatoes
- 1 can (170 g) of tomato paste
- 2 Tablespoons (6 g) of Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon (2 g) of chili powder (or to taste)
- 6 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced or finely diced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Saute the ground chicken and diced bacon in the coconut oil until the chicken is slightly browned. Add in the onions and saute until softened.
- Place the chicken, bacon, onions, peppers, mushrooms, chili peppers, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning and chili powder into a large pot.
- Bring the pot to a boil and then turn the heat down and simmer with the lid on for 45-50 minutes (the longer the better). Stir every 10 minutes to make sure nothing burns on the bottom.
- Lastly, add in the minced garlic, season with salt and pepper to taste, and cook for 5-10 more minutes before serving. Garnish with cilantro or basil leaves if desired.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 453
- Sugar: 8 g
- Fat: 30 g
- Carbohydrates: 16 g
- Fiber: 4 g
- Protein: 30 g