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Pumpkin Chicken Chili

Pumpkin Chicken Chili: A Delicious Twist on a Classic Dish

Are you tired of the same old chili recipes? Looking for a unique twist to spice up your dinner routine? Look no further than pumpkin chicken chili! This delightful dish combines the heartiness of traditional chili with the subtle sweetness of pumpkin, creating a flavor explosion that will leave your taste buds begging for more.

Why Choose Pumpkin Chicken Chili?

Let’s face it, chili is a classic comfort food that warms the soul. But why settle for ordinary when you can have extraordinary? By adding pumpkin to your chili, you not only elevate the flavor profile but also boost its nutritional value. Pumpkin is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making it a healthy and delicious addition to any recipe.

The Perfect Balance of Flavors

In pumpkin chicken chili, the earthy and slightly sweet taste of pumpkin perfectly complements the savory flavors of chicken, beans, and spices. It’s like a symphony of flavors dancing on your palate. The pumpkin adds depth and richness to the dish, taking it to a whole new level of yumminess.

A Healthier Alternative

If you’re watching your waistline or trying to incorporate more nutrient-dense foods into your diet, pumpkin chicken chili is a great choice. Pumpkin is low in calories and high in fiber, making you feel fuller for longer. Plus, it’s rich in beta-carotene, which is essential for healthy skin and eyes.

How to Make Pumpkin Chicken Chili

Making pumpkin chicken chili is a breeze. Start by sautéing onions and garlic in a large pot until fragrant. Then, add diced chicken breast and cook until browned. Next, add canned pumpkin, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, and your favorite chili spices. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

Once the chili is cooked to perfection, serve it hot with a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of shredded cheese, and a handful of chopped cilantro. The creamy tang of sour cream, the gooeyness of melted cheese, and the freshness of cilantro elevate the dish to new heights.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I use fresh pumpkin instead of canned pumpkin?

Absolutely! You can use fresh pumpkin in your chili by roasting it until tender, then pureeing it. The flavor will be even more intense and delicious.

2. Can I make pumpkin chicken chili in a slow cooker?

Definitely! Simply follow the recipe but instead of cooking it on the stovetop, transfer everything to a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

3. Can I substitute chicken with other proteins?

Of course! If you’re not a fan of chicken, you can substitute it with turkey, beef, or even vegetarian options like tofu or black beans.

4. Can I freeze pumpkin chicken chili?

Absolutely! Pumpkin chicken chili freezes well. Just allow it to cool completely, then transfer it to freezer-safe containers or bags. It will stay fresh for up to 3 months.

5. Can I add other vegetables to the chili?

Definitely! You can add vegetables like bell peppers, corn, or zucchini to your pumpkin chicken chili for extra flavor and nutrition.

6. Can I make pumpkin chicken chili spicy?

Yes! If you like your chili spicy, feel free to add some jalapenos, cayenne pepper, or chili powder to give it an extra kick. Adjust the spice level according to your taste.

7. Can I use pumpkin pie filling instead of canned pumpkin?

No, pumpkin pie filling is sweetened and spiced, which will alter the taste of your chili. Stick to plain canned pumpkin for the best results.

8. Can I serve pumpkin chicken chili with other toppings?

Absolutely! Get creative with your toppings. You can add avocado, crushed tortilla chips, or even a squeeze of lime to enhance the flavors and add texture.

In Conclusion

Pumpkin chicken chili is a delightful twist on a classic dish that will satisfy both your comfort food cravings and your desire for something new and exciting. With its perfect balance of flavors and added health benefits, it’s a win-win for your taste buds and your body. So why wait? Grab some pumpkins and chicken, and get ready to embark on a culinary adventure like no other!

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Pumpkin Chicken Chili

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Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion , finely chopped
  • 1 Fresno chile , finely minced (remove seeds for milder flavor)
  • 4 cloves of garlic , finely minced
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can (15 oz) of pumpkin puree
  • 4 cups shredded chicken (from a whole rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cans (15.5 oz each) cannellini beans , drained and rinsed
  • 1 bag (16 oz) frozen corn , thawed (or 3 to 4 cups fresh corn kernels)
  • 6 slices Cheddar cheese (from the deli)
  • Optional toppings: Greek yogurt or sour cream , sliced scallions, tortilla chips for serving


  • Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven on medium heat.
  • Add the onion and Fresno and cook until the onions are translucent and tender, stirring often (around 5-6 minutes).
  • Stir in the garlic, chili powder, cumin, and bay leaf, and cook until the spices become fragrant (around 1-2 minutes).
  • Add the pumpkin puree and cook until it bubbles and slightly browns (around 2-3 minutes).
  • Add the shredded chicken and season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the pan.
  • Bring to a low boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and let it cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the beans and corn, and continue to simmer, uncovered, until the liquid reduces and the chili thickens (about 30 minutes).
  • Use a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter to cut pumpkin shapes out of the cheese slices.
  • Use a paring knife to create eyes, a nose, and a mouth on each cheese pumpkin to resemble a jack-o'-lantern.
  • Ladle the chili into bowls and top with the cheese pumpkins.
  • Serve with Greek yogurt, scallions, and tortilla chips.
Keyword Chicken Recipes, Chili, gluten free, Halloween, High Fiber, Holiday, main-dish, Poultry, Pumpkin, Vegetable
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