PALEO Slow Cooker Chicken Chili from Borne Appétit

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  • PALEO Slow Cooker Chicken Chili from Borne Appétit is a perfect meal for when September nights begin to turn chilly and families get busy with school activities. What's more, PALEO Slow Cooker Chicken Chili is a budget-friendly meal that makes use of chicken thighs, and is a good way to sneak more vegetables into your children's (and your own) diets. Easy to make, the whole family can get involved in meal preparation. Mom and dad and older children can dice the veggies and younger children can add them to the crockpot. 

     

    PALEO Slow Cooker Chicken Chili from Borne Appétit is healthy, budget conscious, and easy to prepare.

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    Crockpot chicken chili is one of my "go to" comfort foods. I've been making it for my family for years, never following the same recipe twice, cooking more by "feel" - a pinch of this and a handful of that - versus following a recipe. It always turned out great no matter what I did, and my motto is "if something works, don't fix it." So I continued in this fashion of making crockpot chicken chili by the seat of my pants. That is, until my editor asked me to develop a crockpot recipe for HealthCentral.

     

    My mind immediately went to chicken chili at the thought of a crockpot recipe. Now that I eat PALEO (no grains, dairy, or legumes) I needed to develop substitutes for the corn, cheese, and beans that I traditionally had used in my chili recipes. 

    To find a substitute for the starch was fairly simple. I'd use the PALEO standby, sweet potatoes, as my starch in lieu of the corn and beans. I was pretty happy when I came up with the idea to use Trader Joe's canned full fat coconut milk and fresh avocado in lieu of sour cream and cheese toppings. The result? Ah-mazing!

     

    Crockpot chicken chili is normally a cool weather food for me. But in August it proved to be just the thing I needed to warm my bones after a full day at the water park. This recipe is so easy to make that I was able to develop it - and prepare it - in my RV during our last trip of the summer. I threw all the ingredients into the crockpot before leaving for the water park. When we returned to the RV that evening a little chilled from the water, the smoldering crockpot of chicken chili and waft of cilantro enveloped us in a warm hug immediately as we entered the door. Within 15-minutes of getting in, we were seated at the table eating our meal and talking about the events of the day. It was a no-hassle ending to a perfect day.

     

    PALEO Slow Cooker Chicken Chili from Borne Appétit

     

    Ingredients

    8 organic chicken thighs, boneless skinless

    2.5 tsp salt

    1 tsp cayenne

    2 tsp onion powder

    2 tsp garlic powder

    1 tsp coriander

    2 tsp cumin

    1 tbs chili powder

    1 medium sweet potato, diced

    5 oz fresh sliced mushrooms

    1 large yellow onion, diced

    1/2 green pepper, diced

    1/2 red pepper, diced

    2.5 jalapeño peppers, diced

    1 small zucchini, diced

    1 large bunch fresh cilantro leaves only

    28 oz can organic diced tomatoes

    6 oz organic tomato paste

    Optional toppings: Trader Joe's full fat coconut milk (canned), fresh avocado

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    Tools

    Crockpot

    Cutting board

    Knife

    Can opener

    Serving spoon or ladle 

     

    Directions

    1. Set crockpot on low.

    2. Salt and pepper boneless skinless chicken thighs. Place 4 thighs on the bottom of the crock pot. 

    3. Layer half of the diced vegetables atop the chicken and sprinkle with half of the seasonings and fresh cilantro leaves. Top with half the can of diced tomatoes and juice. 

    4. Place 4 chicken thighs on the vegetables. Layer the remaining vegetables atop the chicken and sprinkle with the remaining seasonings and fresh cilantro leaves. Top with the rest of the diced tomatoes and juice.

    5. Let the chili cook in the crockpot for 8 hours on low.

    6. After 8 hours pull the chicken thighs from the pot. Add the can of tomato paste to the chili and stir well to incorporate. Shred the thighs with a fork.

    7. To serve, add a ladle of vegetables into a bowl. Top with some of the shredded chicken. Top with another ladle of vegetables and more shredded chicken. If desired, top with a dollop of Trader Joe's canned full fat coconut milk and fresh diced avocado. Note that Trader Joe's canned full fat coconut milk has the consistency of sour cream; not all coconut milk does and so other brands will not work with this recipe. 

     

    It is best to consume this chili in one meal. This chili does not work as well when reheated. Rather than have leftovers, reduce the recipe to make fewer servings if necessary. 

     

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Published On: August 19, 2014