I know pumpkin chicken chili sounds weird, but this is an amazing chili. My friend Ally (here is here blog!) recently came out with an eCookbook and I immediately bought it. She had a recipe for a beef pumpkin chili and since I was using stuff I had on hand, subbed in ground chicken for the beef. I grind my own chicken though!
How to Grind Your Own Chicken
Whenever recipes called for ground chicken I would always search for ground chicken breast, which not only was hard to find where I live, but when I looked at ground chicken with dark meat I just imagined that they took all the chicken scraps, ground it up and then slapped a ground chicken label on it. Gross.
All you need to do is dice up chicken breasts and pulse the chicken until it gets to ground chicken texture. Do not turn your food processor on and walk away, otherwise you will end up with ground chicken paste. Maybe good for some recipes, but not for this chili.
Can you taste the pumpkin in the Pumpkin Chicken Chili?
Actually, I can barely taste the pumpkin and it has a whole 15 ounce can in there (not the 1 cup Ally’s recipe called for). I think it adds a depth of flavor but something you won’t be able to put your finger on.
Pumpkin Chicken Chili
This is a savory chili that is perfect on a cool fall day.
- 2 pounds chicken breast ground
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 5 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 15 oz canned pumpkin
- 15 oz tomato sauce
- 15 oz fire roasted tomatoes
- 1 cup cooked black beans
- 1 cup kidney beans
- 1 cup chili beans do not drain
- 1 tsp salt optional
Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1098mg | Potassium: 1126mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 10336IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 5mg
I am already ready for fall weather, fall food and I am 100% #teampumpkin – bring it on! If you love pumpkin, check out my pumpkin mac n cheese!
So two questions: are you team pumpkin? Are you ready for cooler weather or wish it were still summer? My friend Morgan is still pulling tomatoes from her garden so I know some of you are still grasping at summer. I am happy at 57 degrees. 😁
Be sure to let me know if you make this!
Until next time, be well.