Chicken Chili with Sweet Potatoes

Inspired by David Bonom from Eating Well

INGREDIENTS:

•2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil

•1 large onion, chopped

•3 cloves garlic, minced

•2 cups cubed sweet potato (1/2-inch)

•1 medium bell pepper (any color), chopped

•2 tablespoons chili powder

•2 teaspoons ground cumin

•1 teaspoon dried oregano

•1 15-ounce can low-sodium cannellini beans, rinsed

•2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or homemade chicken stock

•1 cup frozen corn, thawed

•1-1 ¼ lb ground chicken

•1 teaspoon salt

•1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

•Salt & pepper to taste

•Avocado and cilantro for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

•Heat large pot over medium-high heat.  Pour small amount of oil into pan.  Once pan is hot add the ground chicken, salt and pepper stirring frequently to break up the clumps, approximately 5 minutes or until cooked with no hint of pink.  Remove from pan and set aside.

•Add remaining oil along with onion andgarlic, sweet potatoe and bell pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are slightly softened, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin and oregano and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute.

•Add beans and broth (or stock) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, partially cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes.

•Increase heat to medium-high and stir in corn; cook 1 minute. Add back chicken and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in salt and pepper.

•Serve topped with avocado and/or cilantro, if desired.

NOTES:

I use organic corn, chicken and chicken broth. Serve with clean tortillas chips, if desired.