Black Bean and Roasted Chicken Chili

Today’s ‘Actually Pretty Healthy’ recipe comes from Chris Carmichael’s Fitness Cookbook,  one of my current library books. Chris Carmichael is a cycling coach who coached Lance Armstrong amongst others and this book ‘suggests…recipes…to help everyone achieve fitness, health and weight-loss goals’. Like the sound of that!!!

There are a number of recipes I want to try but I went for this one first as it includes black beans, one of my favourite foods!! In addition to tasting rather nice, black beans help reduce cholesterol and as a result, they help fight heart disease. I like that!  I used tinned beans – I once tried to soak and cook my black beans but it took forever and I didn’t like the taste!

The Husband and I really liked the taste of this chili, and the chicken literally fell apart. It wasn’t particularly chili-ish – we would have preferred it a little hotter but if you like a mild, tasty chili, this might be your recipe.  If you have kids, they might like it although we let the Dude off this particular dish!!

I also may have started with this one because the directions were so ridiculously easy.

Ingredients       (serves 4)

2 chicken breasts cut into 1/2 inch strips

2 cans (8 oz each) black beans (I used one of black beans and one of pinto beans)

2 cups chicken broth (aka stock, UK)

2 cups cool water

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic

2 oz tequila (I’m sure you could leave this out and it would still taste good)

1 tbsp cumin seeds, toasted (I just had bog-standard cumin in the cupboard)

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tbsp red chili powder

1 tbsp white distilled vinegar

1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions. (Wait for it)

Place all the ingredients in a 5 quart (aka BIG) saucepan over a medium heat for 50 mins.

I’m not a food photographer, obviously, but this was really nice.
Try it.

Ta-da!!! That was it. I did the odd spot of stirring and that was basically dinner!! Chris recommends adding chopped coriander/cilantro and 1 tbsp lime juice at the end (I didn’t do that, but wished I had in retrospect).

Try it…this is a good’un. I’m making this again.

About Cathryn

I'm from Wiltshire, a beautiful rural county in the south of England. My husband, son and I moved to California in August 2010 with my husband's job, whilst I stay at home with The Dude, our gorgeous five year old son. I love running and cycling. I'm a Christian. I am finally learning to cook (about time too). I'm loving exploring this new part of the world and meeting its wonderful people.
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2 Responses to Black Bean and Roasted Chicken Chili

  1. Cocoa powder?! That is an exciting ingredient in chili!

  2. Cathryn says:

    I have a couple of chili recipes that include cocoa powder…I think it’s a bit of a dark secret but it adds something!!!

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