Buffalo Chicken Chili

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Welcome back! I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend. I know I did. Mine was filled with a whole lot of nothing: sweatpants, too many desserts, finally watching Frozen, and improvising lyrics to this epic Shia LaBeouf song. Just as a Thanksgiving weekend should be. It’s back to the grind today, but to ease us all back into the kitchen after everyone’s cooking and/or eating marathon, I’m sharing this recipe for a super simple, quick, and healthy Buffalo Chicken Chili. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably know I have a major sweet spot for anything buffalo-flavored, so this recipe was just another way to sneak in one of my favorite spicy ingredients. With just a few ingredients, yet still filling enough to wean our stretched-out stomachs backs to a normal size, this Buffalo Chicken Chili is a warm and welcome departure from Thanksgiving leftovers.

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Buffalo Chicken Chili adapted from Skinnytaste

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

2 carrots, peeled & chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tbsp paprika

1/2 tbsp cumin

1/2 tbsp chili powder

1 lb ground chicken (or turkey)

1 16-oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 16-oz can refried pinto beans

3/4 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup water

6 tbsp Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Sauce

sour cream (optional)

shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

chopped cilantro (optional)

1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, spices, and a pinch of salt & pepper. Cook until vegetables are just softened, about 8 minutes.

2. Make a hole in veggies the center of the pot and add the ground chicken. Cook, breaking up with the back of a spoon, until no longer pink, about 8-10 minutes.

3. Add both beans, broth, and water to the pot. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

5. Stir in the buffalo sauce and cook for 5 minutes more. Season with salt & pepper as needed.

6. Top with sour cream, cheese, chopped cilantro, and a drizzle of extra buffalo sauce if desired!

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