Pin a Day: Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Apparently its National Soup Month, which seems appropriate for colder weather and weight loss goals.  I love a good soup and usually when you make it in the crockpot, there's plenty of leftovers!  On Thursday, I tried out this recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Chili.   I love chili and chicken so I definitely had high hopes for this recipe.  My chicken wasn't fully defrosted, so I just cooked everything at high heat for a little bit longer than recommended and it was fine.  I started by putting my chicken in the crockpot. Next, I added the corn, Rotel tomatoes, black beans, pinto beans, and chopped onions.  I cut up a red pepper, a green pepper, and a jalapeño.  I added those to the crockpot.  In another bowl, I mixed together chicken broth, salsa (I used a little less because I couldn't open the new jar), lime juice, garlic, chili powder, and cumin.  I added this mixture to my crockpot and gave it a quick stir.  I barely fit everything in my standard crockpot and probably could have used a larger crockpot, but I was too lazy to search for the big crockpot.  I put it on high and set my timer for 6 hours.


About 5.5 hours later, I pulled the chicken breasts out of the crockpot and shredded them with my fabulous bear claws.  (These are one of my favorite kitchen gadgets ever!)  I put the shredded chicken and can of refried black beans back into the crockpot and let it cook for another 25-30 minutes on low.  We topped our chili with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips, all standards in our house.  The results were great!  I loved all the vegetables that were in the chili and I always look for a new way to cook chicken.  The refried beans sounded like a crazy additon, but they were excellent for thickening things up a bit.  It wasn't quite as spicy as my regular chili, but I had followed the directions and measured the spices.  Next time, I would probably just eyeball it and maybe use a spicier chili powder.  Overall, this was a great recipe and definitely made plenty of leftovers.  We will probably have plenty for lunch for a few days and I may try to freeze some, too.