Chicken Fajita Chili

We have had our taste of gorgeous summer like weather the past few days but looking ahead we have a few days of rain in the forecast.  On cool spring rainy days there is nothing better than an easy slow cooker chili.  I reinvented my chili for a lighter, something different springtime meal.  Time is limited with a baby, but who has time to cook anymore even with no kids/baby?  This is the perfect meal to quickly prep during the day (about 20 min prep time) and walk away from and get some spring cleaning done, having dinner ready 6 hours later.  Because I am on a quest not to waste food as well as save time, I will be reinventing the chili and having rice bowls for dinner tonight (as seen in the instagram picture).  All I did was drain and put over rice and add toppings.  When you can turn last nights healthy meal into tonight's meal it makes life so much easier, quick dinners are the way we try to roll around here!

Ingredients 

  • 3 pounds whole chicken breast
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups sliced bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup sliced white onion
  • 1 can white beans (northern beans)
  • 1 cup sliced and halved zucchini 
  • 28 ounce can diced tomato
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime quartered 
  • 3 tbs chili powder
  • 1+ 1/2 tbs cumin
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning (or oregano)
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • dash of cayenne pepper (normally I would add more but kept it more mild for Arabella)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder (or 2 minced cloves of fresh garlic)

Directions

Toss all above ingredients together into slow cooker, squeeze the lime juice out and set limes aside.  Toss the entire lime into pot 10 minuets prior to serving (this gives it a little extra flavor).  Cook on high for 6 hours.  One hour before serving remove chicken and shred or slice, (it is so tender that slicing it will result in shredding) toss and stir back in.  Upon serving, don't forget to remove the lime wedges.  Top with your favorite toppings, and add salt and pepper to taste.  I try not to over salt our meals so I stayed away from salting and it really felt like it didn't need the extra salt.  We topped ours with sliced tomato, avocado, sour cream, cheese, cilantro and tortilla strips!

 

Left over Ideas

  • Rice Bowls (juice drained)
  • Fajitas (juice drained)
  • Burritos  (juice drained and use for filling)
  • Enchilada's (juice drained and use for filling)
  • Quesidillas (juice drained and used for filling)
  • Mexican macaroni bake (juice drained, stir into noodles, add cheese, bake!)
  • Pour over noodles for another chili version 
  • Stuffing for stuffed peppers (juice drained)
  • or just more chili since its so good! 

Enjoy! 

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