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Chicken and Sweet Potato Chilli

What can I say? You can take the girl out of the Southwest but you can’t take the Southwest out of the girl. And that being said, I love a good chilli. Especially when the evenings are cold and dark and having a warm stomach just makes me feel better about life.

Chicken and Sweet Potato Chilli

chilli close up
(Adapted from A Pinchof Yum)

1½ lbs. chicken breasts
5 cups of chicken broth
1 onion, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 bell pepper
2 tablespoons of butter or olive oil
2 teaspoons of chili powder
1/2 teaspoon of cumin
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 14 ounce cans tomatoes, undrained
1 14 ounce can black beans, drained
cilantro and cheese for topping

Start by cooking your chicken. Bring the chicken broth to a rolling boil and add the raw chicken breasts. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the chicken continue to cook in the broth for another 20 minutes. Remove the chicken, let cool, and shred with two forks. Reserve 2 cups of broth. Keep chicken in the fridge until ready to use .

Then heat the butter in a large soup pot over medium high heat. Add saute your garlic, onion, jalapeno, and bell pepper by and saute until tender. Add the spices, salt, and sweet potatoes. Saute until the sweet potatoes are lightly browned.

Next, add the tomatoes, black beans, shredded chicken and reserved broth. Stir and cover with a tight fitting lid. Keep over medium heat for 45 minutes stirring occasionally.

After 45 minutes, uncover and you should see hardly any liquid. Add 1 1/2 cups of water and stir to combine. Let it liquid reduce down for about 7 more minutes just to help thicken your chilli up even more.

Lastly, season it salt and pepper and serve topped with cilantro and cheese. (I served mine over rice.)

sauting the veg
Sauteing the veg.

chilli beginnings
The chilli starting to come together.

chilli topped with cheese

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  • Yum! That looks wonderful! I know how you feel about just wanting some comfort food! I’m feeling the same way in Indonesia lol.

  • I love a good chili as well. Perfect meal to make on a Sunday evening and have for leftovers throughout the week. Cold weather just requires comfort food!

    • The left overs are my favourite bit! It’s just one of those foods that re-warms really really well. And sometimes even tastes better the next day. x

  • Oh man this looks good. I love chillis in Winter. I feel like the warmth and spice with fluffy rice is just perfect for cold winter evenings! 🙂 xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • Yum! Was thinking about making chili this weekend! And in other news that you might enjoy…..I have a tub of Hatch green chillies in my freezer just waiting to be made into some green sauce! Spicy warm food is the best!

    • I am SO jealous of your Hatch Green chillies. You know i’m a New Mexico girl! How did you get them here? I’ve looked into getting some sent, but it costs a billion dollars! x

  • Yummy, this sounds delicious! I made a chicken, chickpea and cauliflower curry just last night – I know just what you mean about wanting delicious, warming bowlfuls of food at the moment! I’ll have to try out this recipe sometime soon. I have a few friends who will only eat chicken so this is a great alternative to the traditional beef chili!

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    Looks like a perfect winter warmer 🙂

    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  • This look so good!! I’ve never had sweet potatoes in chili, but I really like the sound of it!!

  • Oh yum! I love sweet potatoes, especially in soups and stews. This sounds incredible and can’t wait to try it!

  • Looks delicious! And you’re so right, there’s nothing better than a warming bowl of chilli on a chilly evening (pun intended) 🙂 x

  • Oh wow! I’ve made chicken chilli before, but never with sweet potatoes. I’m so going to have to try this!

    • The sweet potatoes basically turn into delicious mush …. in the most appetising way possible! x

  • This is one of those recipes that I read and think ‘duh, why have I never thought of this!’. So thank you for sharing and I will definitely be trying this as it gets colder this autumn. x

  • I adore chilli, but have never thought of making it with chicken, that is such a good idea! WIll definitely be giving this a try, thanks for posting, Amanda! x

  • So I love chicken, chilli and sweet potato… could this be my most perfect dinner ever?

  • What a delicious idea! I’ve been looking for new sweet potato recipes, so thanks for sharing this. Loving the southwest touch too! 🙂

  • YUM! Ingredients printed for the weekend cook!

  • Sweet potatoes are my favorite! Such a hearty and delicious-looking recipe. My list of dishes to attempt just gets longer and longer!

  • This looks so yummy! I love a good spicy chili and I’d love to make this recipe! Yummy xo

  • That looks amazing. I love love love sweet potatoes!

  • I love chili but I’ve never thought to include sweet potatoes. I’ll need to make it!

  • I need to try making this!