Green Chile Chicken and Butternut Squash Chili

This is a really tasty butternut squash chili that is fast and easy to make. I used rotisserie chicken and canned green chile. While I prepped most of the ingredients, my husband got the chicken ready. Plus I used frozen butternut squash already cubed, so it was a simple dump and cook. It’s a healthy one pot meal that is colorful enough that everyone will enjoy it. Truth be told - I have it for breakfast sometimes.

Creating a one pot meal is so nice because there is less clean up. Yep, I’m, more about eating than the clean up. The butternut squash gives the green chile chicken chili great color and sweetness that blends well with the savory and spiciness of the rest of the ingredients.

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How to make this Green Chile Chicken and Butternut Squash chili recipe

You can cook your own chicken it you would like. I used rotisserie chicken. Here is what you will need:

I used to think I was being this great, supportive mom by doing all the cooking and prepping myself. Who am I kidding - I was complaining in my head the entire time. And my kids need to learn the art of cooking as does my spouse. So I often ask for help. It turns into a family time of talking about our lives. If I never asked, we would never have the enjoyable conversation and camaraderie. As a mom, I enjoy it so much I don’t know what I was thinking when I was all “Martha Stewarting” my kitchen skills. Having a family of sous chefs is the best!

Green Chile Chicken Chili with frozen butternut squash. Dump and cook ingredients for a one pot meal

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Green Chile Chicken and Butternut Squash Chili

Chicken Chili with a light and colorful twist of green chile and butternut squash
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 400
Course: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican

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Ingredients

  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large onion diced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 4 oz mild green chiles (1 small can), or hatch chiles
  • 4 cups butternut squash cubed (frozen is great)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups cooked chicken cubed (rotisserie chicken is great)
  • 15 oz corn (1 can)
  • tsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • pinch black pepper (or more to taste)

Instructions

  • Heat oil in large dutch oven over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot, saute garlic, onion, and cilantro until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Add green chiles, butternut squash, cumin, and oregano. Cook for a few minutes until cumin becomes fragrant, then pour in chicken broth, cooked chicken, corn, lime juice, and salt, plus fresh ground pepper to taste.
  • Bring chili to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes until chicken is warmed through.
  • Adjust seasonings if necessary.

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Notes

Garnish with fresh sliced jalapenos if desired.

Hand Size Portions

Nutrition Facts
Green Chile Chicken and Butternut Squash Chili
Amount per Serving
Calories
400
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Cholesterol
 
82
mg
27
%
Sodium
 
1147
mg
50
%
Potassium
 
1133
mg
32
%
Carbohydrates
 
47
g
16
%
Fiber
 
7
g
29
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Protein
 
34
g
68
%
Vitamin A
 
15335
IU
307
%
Vitamin C
 
50
mg
61
%
Calcium
 
135
mg
14
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hand Portions

When you look at the nutritional values of a meal to log what you are eating, that is called tracking macros. A lot of people use this method to reach their health goals.

Looking at hand portion size and using this method to gauge how and what you eat is also a great method to help you reach your health goals. Many people who use this method often think this form of tracking meals is easier and more sustainable for a lifetime.

Want to learn more about hand portion size and how to use it to reach your goals? Check out the article How to Get Started with Hand Portion Sizes.

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  • Tim Greensmith says:

    The hand portion amounts on your recipes are very interesting.

    • Michelle Johnson Jerome says:

      Hi Tim, Hand portions are interesting. Are you using or thinking about using the hand portion method for yourself?