Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes: Buffalo Chicken Chili, Cornbread-Topped Chili

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Hungry for the coziness of chili, the ease of hands-off cooking, and the flavor of slow-simmered goodies? Here are a couple of fantastic new recipes for chili made in a slow cooker!

Buffalo Chicken Chili

1/10th of recipe (1 heaping cup): 207 calories, 3.5g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 772mg sodium, 20g carbs, 6g fiber, 4g sugars, 23g protein

SmartPoints® value 1* 
SmartPoints® value 5*

Imagine that a bunch of Buffalo wings went for a swim in a pot of hearty white chili... YUP, that's basically what this is. Watch how it’s made

1 1/2 lb. raw boneless skinless chicken breasts, halved
1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper
2 cups low-sodium fat-free chicken broth
Two 15.5-oz. cans cannellini (white kidney) beans, drained and rinsed
3 cups chopped celery
2 cups peeled and chopped carrots
2 cups chopped onion
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/3 cup plus 2 1/2 tsp. Frank's RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper sauce
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. crumbled blue cheese
Optional seasonings: additional salt and black pepper

Season chicken with salt and pepper, and place in a slow cooker. Add all remaining ingredients except hot sauce and blue cheese. Gently stir.

Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until chicken is fully cooked.

Remove chicken and place in a large bowl. Shred with two forks -- one to hold the chicken in place and the other to scrape across and shred it. Add 1/3 cup hot sauce to chicken, and toss to coat. Stir saucy chicken into the chili in the slow cooker.

Top each serving with 1/4 tsp. hot sauce and 1 tbsp. blue cheese crumbles. Enjoy!


Cornbread-Topped Dan-Good Chili

1/8th of recipe (about 3/4 cup chili and 1 piece cornbread): 198 calories, 1.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 963mg sodium, 41g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 13.5g sugars, 6.5g protein

Freestyle™ SmartPoints® value 1* 
SmartPoints® value 5* 

Cornbread with chili is one of the best comfort-food duos of all time. And THIS is one of our best chili recipes of all time. Pssst... It's named after Mr. HG himself! YAY, DAN!!!

One 29-oz. can tomato sauce

1 cup peeled and chopped carrots 

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped portabella mushrooms
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
3/4 cup frozen sweet corn kernels

3/4 cup canned diced tomatoes with green chiles

1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup canned red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup jarred jalapeño slices, drained and chopped

1 tbsp. chili powder

1 1/2 tsp. crushed garlic

3/4 tsp. ground cumin

1 pouch Betty Crocker Authentic Cornbread & Muffin Mix
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/4 cup no-sugar-added applesauce
1 tbsp. jarred jalapeño slices, drained and chopped


Add all chili ingredients to a slow cooker, and thoroughly stir.

Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 7 hours.

To make the cornbread, in a large bowl, combine cornbread mix, egg substitute, and applesauce. Mix well. Fold in chopped jalapeño.

Add cornbread mixture to the cooked chili in the slow cooker in 8 evenly spaced, evenly sized dollops.

Cover and cook on high for about 30 minutes, until topping is fully cooked. Enjoy!


HG FYI: This chili packs some heat! For a milder chili, use less jalapeño.

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Slow-Cooker Cinna-Apples 'n Oats and Outside-In Turkey Tamale Pie - These dishes inspire so much love, you might want to be on the lookout for an unusual number of hugs.

Glaze-of-Glory Candied Carrots - A sweet and crazy-delicious way to get the veggie-loathing humans in your life excited!

Cheeseburger Mac Attack - Yup, you can make cheesy macaroni in a slow cooker! This burgerific version takes the concept up a notch...

And don't miss the "Slow Cookers" chapter of our brand-new book, HUNGRY GIRL TO THE MAX! -- there are THIRTY-FOUR slow-cooker recipes inside!!!


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