Chicken Chili with Butternut Squash

Someone, anyone, sign me up for a chili cook off on the asap! I have the winner. No shit. This chili is two things: easy and magical.

That’s right, I called it magical. It was. I heard the angels singing.

A few things about this chili; I made it in the crockpot and I hid a whole squash in it. Bad ass. Oh, and I made up the recipe because I couldn’t find what I wanted on the interwebs. It may have been one of the only times they let me down.

I’m not kidding when I say this is good. I ate it everyday for lunch last week and I never do silly things like that.

Chicken Chili with Butternut Squash

2lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 butternut squash
2 poblano peppers
1 28oz can fire roasted tomatoes with green chilis
1 ½  tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
few grinds of black pepper

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375º. Place peppers on a cookie sheet and throw into the oven for about 30 minutes. Be sure to turn them every 10 or so. You want them evenly charred. Meanwhile, peel and dice butternut squash. This will be a bitch, but it’s far cheaper to buy the damn thing whole, so suck it up. Okay?

Step 2: Put roasted peppers into a paper bag while hot and let cool. The steam will help you peel the skin off. Once cooled, remove skin and stem. Chop into small pieces and throw into crock pot with squash, tomatoes and spices. Give it all a good stir and put chicken breasts on top.

Step 3: Simmer on low for 5-7 hours. Remove chicken and shred. Once shredded add back to the pot. This goes great with tortilla chips or corn bread. Or nothing if you’re paleo.


  1. Alex @ ifs ands & ButtsNovember 19, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Whoa wouldn’t never thought of butternut squash with chili, which is weird bc I love butternut squash. Looks awesome!

  2. ritaNovember 19, 2012 at 10:18 am

    not only is a whole squash cheaper, but don’t you think pre-cute/cubed squash is gross? it’s always so bleh.

  3. Julie & LaurenNovember 19, 2012 at 10:55 am

    My fiance would be SO happy if I made this for him. Looks delish!!! You are a man’s dream woman :)

  4. Grace - Stripes & SequinsNovember 19, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Um, this looks amazing!! And this is actually nutritionist- approved. Must make.

  5. JuliaNovember 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Well, we all know how things went the last time I used squash. I’ll be making this and buying pre-cut squash. SUE ME.

  6. Elizabeth // The NowNovember 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Will you please be my personal chef? I will pay you in friendship and compliments???


  7. AlexNovember 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Nom nom that looks delicious. It combines two of my favorite things: chili and butternut squash. Win.

  8. ChristinaNovember 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    oh my gosh, this sounds delicious! i just recently got into butternut squash and this is such a great way to spice it up! :)

    love your blog! :D

  9. MayaNovember 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Yes please, this looks amazing! I just started making Chili and I’m obsessed with it. Not too hard and I always make enough for leftovers!


  10. CarrieNovember 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I am so down for this thing. DOWN ON THE GROUND WRITING OUT A LIST FOR THE STORE.

  11. lexiNovember 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I really need to learn to use a crockpot. I’m slightly terrified of mine. It looks so 1987 and intimidating. Chicken chili rocks, by the way.
    Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.

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  13. JenDecember 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I made this today and it was amazing! I added extra veggies but I love that this recipe is super healthy. I’m not down with the cream of everything added to crockpot recipes. Keep the recipes coming!!

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