Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Chili

Coworker and friend Lisa Alexander made Buffalo Chicken Chili for a Chili Cook-Off at the office today. Did I mention she won?! Wanted to share this great recipe! And it’s pretty healthy too! I’ll add my changes in italics.

Lisa’s Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of ground chicken (I used 20 oz. lean ground turkey)
  • 1 red pepper (I used 1/2 red pepper and the white and light green portions of one leek, finely chopped)
  • 5 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 2 carrots diced, optional (I used 8 baby carrots finely diced)
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. paprika
  • 5 Tbsp. Chili Powder (I used 3 Tbsp.)
  • 2 cans of undrained Chili beans (I used 2 15-oz. cans of red beans)
  • 1 can of red chilis (I used one 4-oz. can of green chilis)
  • 2 cans of tomato sauce (I used 1 28-oz. can of tomato puree)
  • ½ cup of Frank’s red hot sauce, more if you want it hot (I used about 3 oz.)
  • 1 drained can of black beans (I didn’t drain mine, 15-oz. can)
  • salt and pepper (I used 1 tsp. of salt, 1/4 tsp. of pepper and a pinch of sugar)

Ready to go for lunch tomorrow! Yum!!

Lisa’s Instructions:

Take the chicken and cook it in olive oil for 10 minutes until pink is gone. Then mix your pepper, garlic and carrots in your chicken for 5-10 more minutes or until the veggies are tender. (I cooked my turkey in 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium heat in one pan and sauteed my garlic, leek, and pepper in another Tbsp. of olive oil in my 8 qt. stockpan.)

Add all the other ingredients in a large crock pot with your chicken and cook for 1 hour. If you want the sauce to be a white sauce just add blue cheese dressing to the mixture (be careful some people like ranch with their wings). (Once the turkey was fully cooked, I added it and the rest of the ingredients to the stockpan, brought to a boil, then turned it down to simmer till I was ready to eat. I recommend serving blue cheese crumbles and fat free Ranch dressing on the side.)

Garnish with (reduced fat) Blue Cheese crumbles, (fat free) sour cream and chives. (Celery sticks and baby carrots make a great accompaniment to this dish, since it reminded me of eating chicken wings. Cubed or shredded chicken would also be good in this dish. For vegetarian, eliminate the meat, double the veggies and add one extra can of black beans.)

~Thanks, Lisa, for this incredible recipe!!

2 responses to “Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Chili

  1. Hey! Just wanted to let you know i gave you a blogger award on my site today! 🙂

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