Monday, November 19, 2012

poblano pumpkin chicken chili

happy thanksgiving week! what are your plans for the holiday? we're heading to galveston to see family and friends, cook and devour lots of deliciousness, and otherwise be as sedentary as humanly possible. i can't wait!

so, this is not a thanksgiving meal recipe. BUT, it would be an awesome meal for sometime early this week because it's 1. easy, 2. healthy, 3. insanely good. the pumpkin gives the chili creaminess and a touch of sweetness, and the poblanos give it a heavenly warmth. sprinkle a little parm on top and garnish with avocado... oh man. i want another bowl right now.

let's get some feel-good food in before turkey day!

poblano pumpkin chicken chili
serves 3-4 (easily doubled!)

here's what you'll need:
1 tblspn. olive oil
1 small red onion, diced
1 poblano pepper, chopped
1.5 cups chicken broth
1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 can of pumpkin
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (i used rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. make it easy on yourself, people; you have enough cooking coming up in just a few days!!)
1 avocado, sliced, for garnish
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, for garnish
2 chopped green onions, for garnish

heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. add onions and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.

stir in chicken broth, beans, and pumpkin and bring to a boil. reduce the heat to low and add garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, pepper, bay leaf, and chicken. cover and allow to simmer for 35-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

ladle in bowls and garnish with avocado, parmesan, and green onions. i served ours with toasted buttery ciabatta. it's safe to say this is one of our new favorite meals! hope y'all will enjoy it as much as we did :)


  1. This looks fabulous! Now I know what I'm making for the post-Thanksgiving weekend ....

    1. you'll love it! if you have leftover thanksgiving turkey, i bet that would be delicious in place of the chicken as well!

  2. You are definitely appealing my Mexican half with this dish. Looks soo good!

  3. I am home alone this and next week and seeing this chili makes me think that I need to make a big batch of a chili for me to eat throughout the week. Cooking for one can be a bit less apealing than cooking for two.

    1. this would be a great dish for that! after we had it for dinner, i ate it for lunch for the next several days. it was just as good as leftovers!!

  4. Healthy meals are the best right before Thanksgiving as I will probably be eating my week's worth of calories all on that one day haha. This looks soo delicious and love the avocado on top.

    For Thanksgiving we are going to my in-laws house for dinner #1 and then to my aunt's house for dinner #2. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. agreed!! eating healthy the rest of the week totally cancels all the day-of calories out :)

      sounds like you're going to have a fun day with LOTS of good food - have a blast!

  5. Okay delish!! You had me at the avocado! Definitely need to try this!


    1. thanks dear! i agree - i will put an avocado on just about anything i can :)

      love your blog - you're just darling!

  6. Sounds delish. Top anything with avocado and I'm there.

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