Awaken your tastesbuds with this spicy Healthy Chipotle Chicken Chili! Some of the heat from the chilis is tamed with a touch of maple syrup and cinnamon. Unconventional? Yes. Unforgettably awesome? Absolutely!
Chili is apparently the savory version of my Chocolate Chip Cookie obsession: I have more recipes for chili on this blog than any other type of dish. I just can’t help coming up with new flavor combinations for one of my favorite comfort foods. My latest is chipotle chilies and maple!
I LOVE chipotle chilies in adobo sauce. I will add it to just about anything even Chicken Wings.
The flavors of this chili are exceptional! The heat from the chilies is tempered by just a touch of maple syrup (oh yes I did!). A mix of ground chicken and spicy chicken sausage brings more flavor without the fat. More, please!
I know there is some fiery debate about beans in chili. I am not from Texas; I don’t know any Texans; and, thus, I do what I want and what I think tastes good. And that includes beans in my chili. #sothere
I love the additional heartiness from a mix of kidney and black beans and the flavor from a bit of corn.
I also thicken my chili with some mashed black beans. <– Seriously best idea ever!
This chili was so good, in fact, there was barely enough chili left to photograph. I had a minor panic attack before figuring out a solution, because not bringing you this delicious, unique twist on chili to you was not an option. If you follow me on Instagram you probably also saw that my husband mutilated the healthy skillet cornbread that I made to go with it.
Let’s talk about the Healthy Shaker Cornbread. I tried this recipe from The Best of Shaker Cooking, 1985 Edition. It is a moist buttermilk cornbread with zero added sugar and only 2 tablespoons of butter in the whole recipe. It’s as healthy as corn bread gets.
My husband and I prefer our cornbread sweet and buttery. Our favorite is this Sweet Southern Cornbread, but one cannot eat decadent, calorie-laden cornbread with every meal and not expect negative consequences.
This cornbread definitely tastes “healthy”, but it is soft and moist and not too dense and it is delicious when dunked in the chipotle chicken chili. I have copied it below in case you are looking for a good, super healthy, gluten free cornbread. If you want an indulgent, sweet, buttery cornbread, this recipe is for you!
Kitchen Tip: Rarely does a recipe call for an entire can of chipotle chilies in adobo sauce. I hate waste, so I freeze the leftovers in a small ziptop plastic baggie (labeled, of course). When I need some chipotle peppers, I drop the baggie in warm water until it is still icy but the peppers have separated; I removed what I need and throw the rest back in the freezer.
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This recipe is linked to: Inspiration Monday, Merry Monday, Munching Monday, Monday Funday, Two Cup Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Party Time, Moonlight & Mason Jars, Gluten Free Wednesday, What’s Cookin’ Wednesday, Gluten Free Friday, Foodie Friday, Food on Friday, Flashback Friday, Saturday Night Fever