Chicken chili—an easy, gluten-free, one-pot dinner idea

This recipe was borne out of the need for an easy, fast dinner that also packed nutrition and flavor. I’ve been down with terrible allergy symptoms since planting my garden last weekend and needed something requiring minimal work and even less cleanup, but it also needed to be warm and satisfying. I’ve made many different chicken chili variations before, but this one is by far the easiest. You literally put everything into a Dutch oven or heavy lidded pan and throw it in the oven. The only other step is slicing the chicken and placing it back in the pan at the end. We were so hungry when this came out of the oven that I didn’t manage to get a photo of the final product!

Ingredients (makes 4 large servings):

  • Three medium sized chicken breasts, thawed (they can still be partially frozen if you are pressed for time)
  • One 4 oz can of green chilis
  • One 15 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes (click here for the ones I love)
  • One can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • One onion, diced
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1.5 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tsp smoked pimenton (paprika)
  • A handful of your favorite chopped herbs (I used a spicy oregano and cilantro from my garden)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350. Place the chicken breasts in the pan. Pour all other ingredients on top. Stir slightly, just to mix. Cover pan and bake for one hour. Pull the pan out and take the chicken breasts out with tongs. Place them on a cutting board, and, when cool enough to handle, dice them. Put the chicken back in the pot and stir gently. Place the pot back into the oven for 5 minutes. Remove and enjoy with your favorite tortilla (I like this kind, which are gluten-free and paleo).

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Sweet Potato With White Chicken Chili Topping for an Easy Weeknight Meal

There are many white chicken chili recipes out there, and yet somehow I’ve never made it until this week. I decided to use this version as a sweet potato topping, but it would be good on its own or rolled into a tortilla as a taco or enchilada.

Ingredients (makes six servings):

  • Six boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • One large white onion, diced
  • Two four-ounce cans of green chili
  • One fresh jalapeno (seeds removed if you want to tone down the spice, leave them in if you like it hot)
  • One can white beans, drained –navy or cannellini work best
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons grass fed butter
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Six sweet potatoes
  • About 1/4 cup water
  • About 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • Sea salt, enough to coat the potatoes in (about a tablespoon)
  • Cilantro, for garnish

Directions:

For the potatoes: Preheat the oven to 400 and prep a baking sheet with foil. Wash the potatoes and set on a paper towel to dry. Once they are dry, coat them with the avocado oil then roll them in the sea salt. Poke them each with a fork twice and place them in the heated oven for about 40 minutes, or until they are soft and can be easily pierced with a knife.

For the chili: While the potatoes are cooking, saute the onions in a tablespoon of avocado oil in a large, heavy pot. Add the green chili and the water and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken thighs whole, then dust with salt. Add the cumin and allow to simmer for a few minutes, turning the thighs occasionally. Add the beans and the heavy cream, and turn the heat to low. Cover and simmer until the thighs are cooked through and tender, about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken thighs and shred them or cut them into small chunks. Place the chicken back into the mixture. Add the butter, and allow to simmer about five more minutes, until the butter melts. Correct for salt and pepper.

Remove the potatoes from the oven and allow them to sit for five minutes. slice them open lengthwise and top with about a cup of the chicken mixture. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Asian-inspired chicken for an easy, healthy dinner

We love getting takeout from a local Chinese restaurant, but occasionally we want the flavors without the unhealthy stuff sometimes added by restaurants. This dish is an easy take on the flavors we love and is just as nice served in a lettuce cup as it is alongside rice. This would also work with cauliflower rice if you are paleo.

Ingredients:

  • One onion, finely chopped
  • Two tablespoons avocado oil (sesame oil would work well here, too)
  • One pound ground chicken
  • Several cups chopped greens (I used kale and chard)
  • A large handful of cilantro
  • A tablespoon garlic paste or several chopped cloves
  • A 2-3 inch section of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • Two to three tablespoons of soy sauce
  • Two to three tablespoons fish sauce
  • Two to three tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • One tablespoon sambal olek
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chives and sriracha to garnish

Directions:

Sauté the onion in the oil until it’s soft, about 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and greens and sauté until they are wilted. Add the chicken and salt and pepper. Add the sauces, then the ginger. Allow it to simmer for ten to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and making sure the chicken is diced up into tiny bites. Serve with rice or in lettuce cups. Cauliflower rice would also work well here! I added chopped chives and a drizzle of sriracha to mine.

Chicken chili—an easy, one-pot dinner idea

This recipe was borne out of the need for an easy, fast dinner that also packed nutrition and flavor. I’ve been down with terrible allergy symptoms since planting my garden last weekend and needed something requiring minimal work and even less cleanup, but it also needed to be warm and satisfying. I’ve made many different chicken chili variations before, but this one is by far the easiest. You literally put everything into a Dutch oven or heavy lidded pan and throw it in the oven. The only other step is slicing the chicken and placing it back in the pan at the end. We were so hungry when this came out of the oven that I didn’t manage to get a photo of the final product!

Ingredients (makes 4 large servings):

  • Three medium sized chicken breasts, thawed (they can still be partially frozen if you are pressed for time)
  • One 4 oz can of green chilis
  • One 15 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes (click here for the ones I love)
  • One can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • One onion, diced
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1.5 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tsp smoked pimenton (paprika)
  • A handful of your favorite chopped herbs (I used a spicy oregano and cilantro from my garden)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350. Place the chicken breasts in the pan. Pour all other ingredients on top. Stir slightly, just to mix. Cover pan and bake for one hour. Pull the pan out and take the chicken breasts out with tongs. Place them on a cutting board, and, when cool enough to handle, dice them. Put the chicken back in the pot and stir gently. Place the pot back into the oven for 5 minutes. Remove and enjoy with your favorite tortilla (I like this kind, which are gluten-free and paleo).

Easy and healthy Asian-inspired chicken

We love getting takeout from a local Chinese restaurant, but occasionally we want the flavors without the unhealthy stuff sometimes added by restaurants. This dish is an easy take on the flavors we love and is just as nice served in a lettuce cup as it is alongside rice.

Ingredients:

  • One onion, finely chopped
  • Two tablespoons avocado oil (sesame oil would work well here, too)
  • One pound ground chicken
  • Several cups chopped greens (I used kale and chard)
  • A large handful of cilantro
  • A tablespoon garlic paste or several chopped cloves
  • A 2-3 inch section of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • Two to three tablespoons of soy sauce
  • Two to three tablespoons fish sauce
  • Two to three tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • One tablespoon sambal olek
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chives and sriracha to garnish

Directions:

Sauté the onion in the oil until it’s soft, about 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and greens and sauté until they are wilted. Add the chicken and salt and pepper. Add the sauces, then the ginger. Allow it to simmer for ten to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and making sure the chicken is diced up into tiny bites. Serve with rice or in lettuce cups. Cauliflower rice would also work well here! I added chopped chives and a drizzle of sriracha to mine.

White chicken chili topped sweet potato

There are many white chicken chili recipes out there, and yet somehow I’ve never made it until this week. I decided to use this version as a sweet potato topping, but it would be good on its own or rolled into a tortilla as a taco or enchilada.

Ingredients (makes six servings):

  • Six boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • One large white onion, diced
  • Two four-ounce cans of green chili
  • One fresh jalapeno (seeds removed if you want to tone down the spice, leave them in if you like it hot)
  • One can white beans, drained –navy or cannellini work best
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons grass fed butter
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Six sweet potatoes
  • About 1/4 cup water
  • About 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • Sea salt, enough to coat the potatoes in (about a tablespoon)
  • Cilantro, for garnish

Directions:

For the potatoes: Preheat the oven to 400 and prep a baking sheet with foil. Wash the potatoes and set on a paper towel to dry. Once they are dry, coat them with the avocado oil then roll them in the sea salt. Poke them each with a fork twice and place them in the heated oven for about 40 minutes, or until they are soft and can be easily pierced with a knife.

For the chili: While the potatoes are cooking, saute the onions in a tablespoon of avocado oil in a large, heavy pot. Add the green chili and the water and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken thighs whole, then dust with salt. Add the cumin and allow to simmer for a few minutes, turning the thighs occasionally. Add the beans and the heavy cream, and turn the heat to low. Cover and simmer until the thighs are cooked through and tender, about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken thighs and shred them or cut them into small chunks. Place the chicken back into the mixture. Add the butter, and allow to simmer about five more minutes, until the butter melts. Correct for salt and pepper.

Remove the potatoes from the oven and allow them to sit for five minutes. slice them open lengthwise and top with about a cup of the chicken mixture. Sprinkle with cilantro.

The easiest and fastest chicken noodle soup

Yesterday was a work from home day like all the rest, except the kids were out of school for a holiday. I, of course, forgot about this holiday and wasn’t prepared to serve them lunch. It was a little cold and windy, so a quick soup sounded good. This recipe is versatile — you can sub in whatever veggies or noodles you happen to have on hand. You could even sub the chicken breast for leftover pork tenderloin, or omit the meat all together. I had only frozen chicken on hand, so I did a quick defrost method. This takes about ten minutes to prep, and can simmer for as little as 20 minutes or as much as an hour. This version serves two tiny people and two adults (or it could make two larger portions).

Ingredients:

  • One large chicken breast (mine was frozen, I popped it into a bowl of hot water for a few minutes)
  • One box (four cups) organic chicken bone broth, plus one cup water
  • Three to four large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • Three celery stalks, chopped
  • One onion, finely chopped
  • Two tablespoons avocado oil
  • One tablespoon minced garlic (two to three cloves)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • About 8 oz (half a normal sized package) rice noodles (you can sub any regular gluten free pasta here)
  • A few sprigs of thyme, leaves torn off and stalks discarded

Bring the broth and water to a boil, add the frozen/partially defrosted chicken breast and lower the heat to a simmer. Cover, and simmer about five to ten minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. While this is happening, boil a separate pot of water for the noodles.

Add all of the veggies to the pot, and let simmer for a few minutes. Add the salt, pepper and thyme. Pull the chicken breast out and cut it up into small pieces (or shred it if it is soft enough). Add the chicken back to the mix.

Boil the noodles separately until they are al dente, while allowing the soup mixture to continue simmering. Once the noodles are almost done, but not quite, drain and rinse them. Add them to the soup.

Divide into as many servings as you wish (this can make two large servings or four smaller ones).

Chicken in Saffron Broth

This dish started with me flipping through one of Julia Child’s cookbooks and seeing something called “Pot-Au-Feu.” It looked good, if a little complicated. In Julia’s recipe, she trussed the chicken and stuffed it with homemade dressing before placing it in the boiling water. That sounded great, but I needed something quicker. I started with the veggies I had on hand — carrots, a leek, some green beans from the garden and a few gold potatoes. I also added four cloves of garlic later. The real magic of this meal is that my VERY picky children loved it. That’s a win in this house. (Scroll to the bottom for quick ingredients and instructions.)

Veggies ready for chopping
Vegetables including carrots, leeks, garlic, potatoes and garden green beans. Add what you have on hand!
Saffron
Saffron can be hard to find, but this one is at Central Market for $8. I used about 1/4 of it for this recipe.
Everything in the pot
I love it when it all comes together and looks like boiling art!
Whole chicken pulled out of the broth
Can’t you just smell it?
The finished product
The finished product!

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken, preferably pastured and/or organic
  • 1 package Italian sausage links (or sausage of choice). Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods both have Whole 30 compliant ones that we like.
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron
  • Water, to fill the pan
  • Four to five medium gold potatoes
  • One large leek
  • One to two cups fresh green beans or snap peas, ends cut off
  • Three to five large carrots
  • Four cloves garlic (or to taste)
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • Sprig of Rosemary

Chop all veggies and set aside. Place the defrosted whole chicken, giblets removed, in a large stock pan. Fill to cover 2/3 of the chicken with warm water. Bring pot to a boil while you add saffron, salt and pepper. Turn down to a simmer and cover for about an hour, or until chicken is cooked through. Time can vary based on the size of your chicken. Add veggies, garlic (diced), rosemary and sausages. Simmer for another 20 minutes or so, until all veggies and sausages are cooked through. Pull the chicken out and set in a bowl or on a platter with a lip, and cut off the pieces you want to serve. Place the chicken, a piece of sausage and desired amount of veggies and broth in a bowl. Enjoy!