Budget-Friendly Chicken Chili

Budget-Friendly Chicken Chili
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This chili is perfect for a fall dinner and it’s full of vitamin C, protein and fiber. Feel free to experiment with different beans such as black or Great Northern beans here.

  • Prep time
    10 min
  • Cook time
    25 min
  • Servings
    4 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 1/4 cups
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 1/4 cups
  • Amount per serving Calories 210

  • Total Fat 2.5g
    • Saturated Fat 0.6g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 30mg
  • Sodium 470mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 30g
    • Dietary Fiber 10g
    • Total Sugars 7g
  • Protein 19g
  • Potassium 860mg
  • Phosphorus 235mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 Starch, 3 Nonstarchy vegetable, 1 Lean protein



  • nonstick cooking spray
  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts (diced)
    8 oz
  • green bell pepper (diced)
  • small onion (diced)
  • garlic (minced)
    1 clove
  • canned diced tomatoes
    1 (28-oz) can
  • navy or great northern beans (rinsed and drained)
    1 (15-oz) can
  • black pepper
    1/4 tsp
  • chili powder
    2 tsp
  • cumin
    1/2 tsp


  1. Spray a large soup pot with cooking spray. Add chicken and sauté over medium heat for 7 minutes or until done. Remove from pan.

  2. Add onions and green peppers and sauté over medium-high heat for 3 minutes or onions until clear. Add garlic and sauté 30 more seconds.

  3. Add remaining ingredients along with cooked chicken and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes

  4. Meal Cost: $7.50

  • Recommended

    This chili turned out great but it is a bit thick. In the future, I probably would not drain the beans. I know that will increase the sodium level in the overall recipe but I like a thinner chili. Other than that, the chili is very satisfying and flavorful. I will definitely make this again.

  • Recommended

    In regard to boiling.... we're talking water, right? And how much?