Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Chili – Low Carb & WLS Friendly

Steph Wagner MS, RDN

November 7, 2016

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Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Chili – Low Carb & WLS Friendly



If you’ve had a weight-loss surgery, or are preparing to have a weight-loss surgery soon, you’ll love this option for a low-carb chicken chili!

Chili is such a bariatric friendly dish and can be made SO many different ways! Even on this site, a quick search for “chili” will bring up pages of options.

I love this “jalapeño popper chicken chili” and use it for entertaining often. Loaded in protein but not short on flavor! A little cream cheese to give it a creamy texture without getting you into too much trouble.

If you’ve had Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Banding or Duodenal Switch surgery, dice your chicken up well before cooking and you’ll be on track to keep your bites small when the meal is ready. The broth will also help to keep your chicken tender and moist. Enjoy!

Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Chili - Low Carb & WLS Friendly

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 211kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
Great flavor without too much heat in this creamy jalapeño popper chicken chili for bariatric surgery patients.
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  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1" pieces
  • 1/3 cup jarred jalapeño slices, diced
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup pepperjack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup carrots or baby carrots, diced or sliced thinly


  • Coat bottom of large stock pot with non-stick cooking spray. Heat to medium heat and add chicken pieces and chopped jalapeño cooking until chicken is opaque.
  • Add seasonings to the pot and stir, cooking for a minute more.
  • Stir in chicken broth and carrots. Turn heat to low and let simmer about 20 minutes or until carrots are soft.
  • Add cream cheese and pepper jack cheese. Stir until mixed well. Let simmer another 5 minutes. Serve when ready.


Serving: 4oz | Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 632mg | Potassium: 688mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6385IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Facts
Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Chili - Low Carb & WLS Friendly
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 211 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 632mg27%
Potassium 688mg20%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 6385IU128%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 177mg18%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

2 thoughts on “Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Chili – Low Carb & WLS Friendly”

  1. 5 stars
    Just made this for dinner tonight and it is delicious! I had to substitute lean ground turkey because I didn’t have any chicken breast. I tripled the recipe and added 1 drained can of pinto beans. I just need beans in my chili. My kids put this over tortilla chips for nachos, but I just crumbled a couple chips on top, added some lowfat sour cream to give me a feeling of eating nachos, while keeping the carbs down. I don’t usually eat jalapenos and thought this would be too spicy, but it was just perfect! Will definitely make this again!

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