Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Kid-Friendly Chicken Chili

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I’m doing it! I’m slowly converting my chili-hating 9-year-old into a chili-loving fan!

First it was a simple ground turkey chili with corn. Last week he tried it hesitantly and ate it for dinner declaring it wasn’t his favorite but “he’s not a kid anymore so he can eat things he doesn’t really like.

Hold the phone… those are HIS WORDS!

My approach seems to be working so far. I can’t believe it! Only time will tell if it has the same effect on his brother who is light years more picky, I mean the kid still doesn’t like FRUIT?!

Anyway, this week I decided to push the chili envelope and make a simple, chicken chili. Nothing too spicy or crazy. Just simple flavors and ingredients.

He tried it and knew I was waiting for his reaction. With my back turned to him he said, “Well, I won’t say I DON’T like it.”

Then came the kicker…

Can I have some more?

YES! I made a happy face before I turned and then controlled my reaction and just said, “Sure, glad you like it.”

I then snuck this photo while he was eating because he’s not as much of a willing participant as he used to be in my blog endeavors.

kid eating chili

I can’t believe how big he’s getting. It’s crazy!

Kid-Friendly Chicken ChiliAnyway, I absolutely LOVED it and ate the rest for lunch yesterday. It’s such a great meal on these cold winter days.

Here’s what I did…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 boneless chicken thighs, cut into small chunks (this is easy to do when the chicken is still slightly frozen)
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 4 cups chicken broth (I used homemade)
  • 4 oz can mild green chilies
  • 1 can (15oz) great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup (40g) oat flour (for thickening – Another flour may work or even just a bit of corn starch)

Heat the oil in a pot and sauté the onion and garlic. Add the chicken and spices. Cook until no more pink is seen on the chicken. The bottom of the pot may stick a little. That’s OK, we deglaze with the broth.

Add the broth and scrape all those tasty bits up from the bottom. Bring everything to a soft boil and add the green chilies and beans.

I like a thicker sauce so I decided to mix in a little oat flour. Whisk the oat flour with a bit of water and add the paste to the pot so it dissolves evenly. Continue to lightly boil for 10 minutes or so and then lower to a simmer until you are ready to eat. Mine simmered only about 20 minutes and it was yummy!

Kid-Friendly Chicken Chili - Mild

I added sliced avocado to mine and it was a great addition! But I didn’t even try to go there with Ryan. Baby steps, right?

Here’s the nutritional info per cup (pictured) but I ate 2 cups for a complete meal.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
6 1 cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
235 6g 5g old: 4 new: 6
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
8g 1g 24g 21g

See other recipes using: beans, chicken, chillis, cumin, northern beans

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    Bonnie Traynor

    February 23, 2015

    I can relate to your little guy in regards to fruit. I wish I liked it but it's not my favorite. There are times I make myself eat it but I never really think about. However, the chili looks great! I'll be making that soon.


    March 28, 2015

    Really tasteful meal! Loved it! I have been trying to find meals which suit my paleolithic diet and am always happy to find something new! Thanks for sharing!


    February 16, 2016