This delicious low carb creamy verde chicken chili is packed with flavor, yet has only one net carb per serving… Make it in your slow cooker or your Instant Pot for dinner tonight!
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You might be surprised to learn that I don’t actually own a lot of cookbooks… I do still have the Better Homes and Gardens: New Cook Book that my mom gave me shortly after moving out on my own and a well-worn copy of Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book (circa 1975) that my grandma passed down to me. There are also a few editions from America’s Test Kitchen — oh, and the copy of Haven’s Kitchen Cooking School I received recently. But that’s about it…
Cookbooks just take up a lot of space, so for the most part, I get new recipes from friends and family, magazines, and blogs like my own. So typically when publishers send me a new cookbook to check out, I page through to see what catches my eye, try a few recipes, add my faves to my Plan To Eat account, and then pass the cookbook on to family and friends or donate it
Trim Healthy Table
However, I’m totally making room on my shelf for this new Trim Healthy Mama cookbook, Trim Healthy Table! I’d heard about the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan (founded by sisters Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison) in passing before receiving the cookbook, but I’d never tried any of their recipes. Packed with over 300 recipes, this cookbook has a LOT to choose from.
I like that the book opens with a quick overview of the Trim Healthy Plan. The Simple Start Guide introduces you to the basic concepts, which are all pretty commonsense: keep your blood sugar stable, be aware of fats and carbs, and protein is crucial. The recipes are heavy on the veggies, even sneaking them in, in some unusual and creative ways. And I appreciate their emphasis on learning to cook healthy and eating together as a family.
Creamy Verde Chicken Chili Recipe
We tried the Creamy Verde Chicken Chili recipe last night, and I was honestly surprised by how much my kids loved it. Of course, I didn’t mention to them that there are not one, but TWO, secret veggies hidden inside: pureed okra (which helps to regulate blood sugar) and riced cauliflower. Pearl promises in the recipe intro that they’re completely undetectable, and they really were!
This recipe can be made in either the slow cooker or the Instant Pot. Though I was a little worried about the cream cheese in the recipe, I chose the Instant Pot route. Using natural pressure release is essential to avoid venting the chili along with the pressure when it’s done cooking. Simply turn the Instant Pot off when the pressure cycle is complete, and let the pressure release on its own, which takes about 30 minutes.
Start by placing the chicken, salsa verde, beans, Ro-tel-style tomatoes, riced cauliflower, and diced onions and peppers in the bottom of your crockpot or Instant Pot insert. Add the cream cheese, okra, 2 cups of chicken broth, salt and spice to the blend, and puree until there are no green specks left. Dump them into the pot, along with the remaining cup of chicken broth, and cook according to the instructions.
When the chicken chili is done cooking, you just need to shred the chicken and serve. They mention doing this right in the pot, but I have no idea how to effectively accomplish this with all of the liquid sloshing around. I opted to remove them from the pot, shred them on my cutting board, and then add the shredded chicken back to the pot. This meant that I had one more thing to wash, but it just seemed easier and more logical.
Creamy Verde Chicken Chili Garnish
The recipe recommends garnishing with shredded cheese, diced avocado, or corn chips. I went with queso fresco and diced avocado, along with some fresh chopped cilantro, just because I love that bit of brightness it adds to dishes like this.
You should be aware that this Creamy Verde Chicken Chili recipe makes a TON. Both Pearl and Serene have large families, so the recipes in Trim Healthy Table are designed to serve 6 to 8. This is great for me, because we almost never have leftovers with the average recipe. But for smaller families, the recipes can be easily halved, or you can make the full amount and freeze half for later. However, I’m excited that I get to have another bowl for lunch today!
Creamy Verde Chicken Chili
Yield 6-8 servings
This delicious low carb verde chicken chili is packed with flavor, yet has only one net carb per serving... Make it in your slow cooker or your Instant Pot for dinner tonight!
- 2.5-3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 (16-oz.) jar salsa verde
- 1 (15-oz.) can white beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (10-oz.) can Ro-tel-style diced tomatoes & green chilies
- 1 (10 to 12-oz.) bag frozen riced cauliflower
- 1 (10 to 12-oz.) bag frozen onions & peppers blend
- 1 1/2 (8-oz.) pkgs. 1/3 less fat cream cheese
- 1 1/2 cups frozen diced okra
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon mineral salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Slow Cooker directions: Place the chicken, salsa verde, beans, canned tomatoes, cauliflower rice, and onion & peppers blend in the bottom of a crockpot.
- Put the cream cheese, okra, 2 cups of the broth, the salt, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add the contents of the blender to the crockpot, along with the remaining 1 cup of broth and stir. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. When done, shred the chicken with 2 forks right inside the pot.
- Instant Pot directions: Add everything to the Instant Pot insert, including the blended sauce and remaining cup of broth. Seal and cook at high pressure for 25 minutes. Use natural pressure release. Shred the chicken.
Reprinted from Trim Healthy Mama; Trim Healthy Table. Copyright ©2017 by Pearl P. Barrett and Serene C. Allison. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
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