Low Carb & Gluten Free Pumpkin Chicken Chili

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It’s a cold and rainy day here, so I thought I’d share this delicious chicken pumpkin chili I made yesterday with you guys!  It’s not quite as thick as a traditional chili – the liquid is more brothy, but super flavorful. 

I ate it for dinner last night, again today for lunch, and I’m looking forward to eating it again tonight.  That peeps, is the sign of a good chili recipe! 

I’m not going to lie, this would be made mo’ betta’ with tortilla chips, but since I’m trying to stay on the wagon this time, I went without – and guess what?  Still awesome!  It comes together quickly too, which is a bonus for an easy weeknight dinner! 

This is a great use for all of those turkey leftovers, but since I didn’t have any I used a rotisserie chicken that I first removed the meat from, and then boiled the carcass for half an hour to make the broth.  You can use canned broth, just be aware that they often contain starches, and therefore carbs, so be sure to check your labels!

Don’t have a pumpkin lying around?  Feel free to substitute sweet potato or butternut squash.  Lastly, I used garbanzo beans to make it even heartier, but they aren’t necessary – omitting them will save you about 3.5g net carbs per serving.

I know, you guys are probably getting sick of pumpkin, but I still have some I need to use up, so learn to LOVE it, because I’ve got a few more recipes “coming down the ‘pike” as they say.  Pumpkin Crepe Cake with Chopped Pecans?  Yeah, that’s going to happen later this week.  It. Will. Be. Awesome!!!!!  So stay tuned….

Makes 8 servings

Recipe ingredients:

6 cups chicken broth or stock
2 cups raw pumpkin, chopped
4 cups cooked chicken or turkey, shredded
1 cup garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
1 Tbl canned chipotle peppers, chopped
1/2 cup salsa verde
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 cup sour cream

Heat the chicken stock in a medium saucepan and add the pumpkin.  Simmer for about 10 minutes.  Add the shredded chicken/turkey, chickpeas, chipotles, salsa verde, garlic powder, coriander and cumin.  Simmer another 10 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender.   Stir in the sour cream and serve.  Garnish with shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, avocado, sour cream, red onions, fresh lime juice and or anything else you can pile on top!   It’s that easy!

Approximate nutrition information per serving:  181 calories, 5g fat, 5.5g net carbs, 27g protein
 
Nutrition info per serving w/out chickpeas:  154 calories, 5g fat, 2g net carbs, 26g protein
 
 
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  1. Christopher Gomez
    Christopher Gomez11-13-2012

    What kind of pumpkin is recommended for this?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny11-18-2012

      Raw pumpkin – or butternut squash or sweet potato would also work. Enjoy!

  2. Eric
    Eric11-15-2012

    Could you add cream cheese instead of sour cream in order to thicken it up a bit?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny11-18-2012

      Eric I don’t see why not, you’d just have to make sure it fully dissolved so there weren’t lumps. You could also thicken with xanthan gum if you had it!

  3. Shelley Ionescu
    Shelley Ionescu11-25-2012

    I added sauteed onions and fresh minced garlic, sweet potatoes instead of pumpkin, cardamom, saffron and cinnamon. The cinnamon really kicks it up a notch and gives it a nice rich color that contrasts nicely with the chunks of white chicken and northern beans. I topped it with cilantro and some fresh plain greek yogurt. A nice moroccan flair to it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Anne
    Anne11-29-2012

    I just made this last night! My husband andI really enjoyed this soup. I used a package of frozen butternut squash because it was a weeknight and I didn’t have time to deal with a fresh pumpkin. I do have to say that it was very spicy, and I had to add extra broth and sour cream to tone it down. Overall a great soup & I love that we have dinner for tonight too!

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