Healthy Chipotle Chicken Chili {Shaker Cornbread}

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!

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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!

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Chili with Shaker Cornbread | Gluten Free Meals | American Heritage Cooking

 

I LOVE chipotle chilies in adobo sauce. I will add it to just about anything even Chicken Wings.

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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!

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Chili with Shaker Cornbread | Gluten Free Meals | American Heritage Cooking

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Chili with Shaker Cornbread | Gluten Free Meals | American Heritage Cooking

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.

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Chili with Shaker Cornbread | Gluten Free Meals | American Heritage Cooking

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Chili {Shaker Cornbread}

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 8

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Chili {Shaker Cornbread}

The flavors of this chili are exceptional! The heat from the chilies is tempered by just a touch of maple syrup. A mix of ground chicken and spicy chicken sausage brings more flavor without the fat. This chili is incredibly filling and flavorful! A sure hit!

Ingredients

    For the Chipotle Chili:
  • 3 small yellow onions
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup minced chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
  • 1 pound ground spicy chicken sausage
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 cans black beans, drained (one mashed)
  • 1 cans kidney beans with juice
  • 2 28 oz cans roasted diced tomatoes and juice
  • ¾ cup corn (fresh or frozen will do)
  • 1 ½ cups low sodium chicken broth (Bonus Points for Homemade!)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Salt, to taste
  • For the Shaker Cornbread:
  • 2 cups white corn meal (I used yellow)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ¼ cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Instructions

    To make the chili:
  1. Heat a Dutch oven or large stock pot over medium heat. Add olive oil and swirl to coat. Cook onions until they begin to release their juices and then add the garlic; cook, stirring frequently to prevent the garlic from burning, until onions are transluscent. Add the minced chipotle peppers and cook a few minutes to mingle the flavors.
  2. Add the ground chicken and sausage and brown until all the chicken has been cooked.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients. Simmer over low heat at least an hour. The longer the better. I typically cook mine in a Dutch oven for at least 4 hours. I like to taste every hour and adjust the salt and spices as needed.
  4. Serve with cornbread, sour cream, and sharp cheddar cheese.
  5. For the Cornbread:
  6. Preheat the oven to 425°. Butter a 10 inch skillet or 9 inch square baking dish, and preheat it in your oven. I didn’t butter mine and it stuck slightly.
  7. In a medium bowl, whisk together corn meal, salt, soda, and baking powder.
  8. Add the butter and buttermilk and mix well. Add the eggs and beat until smooth.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Mine took just under 18.

Notes:

The chili recipe is my own invention but the Shaker Cornbread is slightly adapted from The Best of Shaker Cooking, 1985 edition.

http://americanheritagecooking.com/2014/10/healthy-chipotle-chicken-chili-shaker-cornbread/

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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


Comments

  1. says

    This looks great! As soon as the weather gets cold, I will make it. Bring on those healthy recipes – I am down 5 pounds going to those darn Weight Watcher meetings. Thank you!

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Hooray for the 5 lbs! That’s great! You know me…a little healthy, a little indulgence! It should be cooling off soon! So unseasonably warm!

  2. says

    I would never in a million years thought to add maple and cinnamon to chili to take down them fiery chipotle chilies in adobo sauce and other chilies! Brilliant lady! I preserve any extra chipotle chilies in adobo sauce – just like you do!!!! But I am way way less organized – for one, the bag isn’t labelled and, two, I just hack off a frozen bit instead of soaking it in water – clearly I have lots to learn!

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Thanks, Shashi!! My husband initially turned up his nose at my desire to add maple syrup to the chili but ultimately he gave in. I tried hacking off some frozen chills but it was too hard so I just soak it for 5 minutes. I have to label my baggies and pyrex containers otherwise in 2 months I don’t remember what is in them! Was that pasta sauce or plain diced tomatoes…hmmm…

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      I am sooooo glad you liked it! I LOVE it! Especially the dressing. Now that Randy is back, I don’t make it nearly as often because he doesn’t like to eat the same thing every night for months on end…even if it is delicious. :-)

  3. says

    Finally! A person out in the Land of Blog who likes their chili like I do! Thick, spicy, and full of beans and bits of corn! My family prefers bean-less chili and I just think I’m eating bar-b-que’d hamburger with a spoon and some cheese! Can’t wait to try this this winter! Pinning!

    ~Meaghan

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Haha! You are spot on! Beanless chili is the pits. It is just like bbq’d hamburger. Plus I feel like the beans push it over the edge of “healthy” so that I can eat more sour cream and cheese…hmmm that is probably not sound thinking. whatever. I hope you do try it!

  4. says

    This chili looks delicious Lindsey! I think putting mashed black beans in it is a brilliant idea – we love black beans and eat a ton of them around here. I also love the tip about chipotle peppers! I’m going to start doing that because I don’t like to waste food either. Great idea!
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    • AmericanCooking22 says

      LOL! Bring on the butter! Itssoogoood! I’ll bring the wings and the chili and the fatty cornbread and you bring that oreo cheesecake. Sounds like a party to me!

  5. says

    Hahaha…maple syrup! A girl after my own heart! Although, I must admit that I’ve never added maple syrup to chili. There is a first time for everything, though, right? And for the record, I was born in Texas. That makes me a Texan. So you do know a Texan. And I say you make chili however the heck you want to make chili. Just as long as you send me the leftovers.
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    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Phew thank goodness I didn’t offend your Texan Highness! You should try it…all maple lovers should. Even my husband got over his initial reservation and he loved it! It doesn’t really taste like maple. If only there were leftovers…

  6. says

    Good morning. Still feels like an hour ahead. No wonder I feel a bit more well rested…cuz I got an extra hour or zzzz
    Looks so yummy. I love chili. It would be especially good right now since it’s gotten cooler…almost cold (about time). Why cant it be like this all the time?! I love beans in mine too. I also sometimes like to add a little kick to it with jalapenos or Serrano.
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    • Lindsey says

      Yes but you will need to add more spice because the crock pot seems to make spices disappear! I would add more at the end to taste.

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