Leftover Chicken – Part 1 … Cheesy Chicken Cornbread Chili

Chicken is pretty much a staple around our house.  It is easy and versatile to cook with.  Whether you enjoy grilling, baking, stir-fry or making soup, there is always a great recipe for chicken.   I will usually buy a few ten-pound bag of legs and thighs, and boneless breasts when they are on sale.  We have a large freezer, and I put it to good use.  At least one bag of the legs and thighs will be boiled to be able to have broth on hand for soup and cooked chicken ready for quick meals.  I like to cook enough so we have leftovers for lunch and/or dinner the next day.

Last week I did a few different things with chicken breasts.  One of them was Cheesy Chicken Cornbread Chili.  I saw a recipe for Cornbread Chili and decided to adapt it and use the chicken and other ingredients I had on hand.

Cheesy Chicken Cornbread Chili


1 lb cooked chicken breast – cut into small cubes or shreddedcornbread-chili-in-pot

1 cup grated cheese

2 tsp (or so) Chili powder

1 tsp (or so) Garlic powder
Salt and pepper (to taste)


1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies and onion

1 can ranch style bean

1 box (8.5 oz) cornbread mix (milk and egg needed

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare the cornbread mix according to package directions cornbread-chili-in-oven
    and set aside.
  3. Combine all other ingredients (except the cheese) into a pot and bring to a boil.  If you feel you need a little more liquid, add about 1/2 cup of water.  You want some liquid but not too much
  4. Pour the chili mixture into an 8″ x 8″ pan.
  5. Layer the cheese on top of the chili.cornbread-chili-in-pyrex
  6. Pour the cornbread mix evenly over all the ingredients.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cornbread is cooked completed.  Use a toothpick to test.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!!     



This turned out great, and my husband, who is not a huge cornbread fan, loved it.

Do you make casseroles?  Post a picture of your favorites on our Living and Loving our Lives Facebook page.  If you try this one, let me know how it turns out in the comments below.


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No Spending Weekend Challenge

Have you ever challenged your spouse and yourself to a “No Spending” weekend? My husband Donny and I do this several times a year just to keep ourselves in check on spending and unnecessary purchases. Would you be willing to participate in a “No Spending” weekend?

The rules or boundaries we set up start at midnight on Friday and go until midnight Sunday. This means no spending on unnecessary purchases such as trips to the grocery store, eating out, and online purchases. If we do a “No Spending” weekend, I will usually go grocery shopping on Friday night and purchase all the food we need to cook at home all weekend. I’ll also go and fill the Tundra up with gas and get the cash we need for weekly church donations.

The first time I participated in this event, it was extremely hard because there are so many temptations out there such as online shopping, drive-thru eating or stopping at Walmart. What affected us most was eating out. Weekends were the time we were lazier and it was quicker just to go to a drive-thru or go pick up take-out food for dinner. “No Spending” weekend requires a plan and discipline.

There are always exceptions to the rules such as medical emergencies, “Murphy” visits such as flat tires or car issues, and family emergencies.

Who wants to participate with Donny and I and partake in a “No Spending” weekend? Post in the comments if you want to participate. Please subscribe to our email and I will send you a helpful “No Spending” weekend cheat sheet to provide encouragement and success.

At the end of the weekend, take the time to reflect on what you did to not make any purchases and which purchases you postponed. If it was a significant amount of money, take the money and put in savings.

After my weekends, I would save anywhere from $150 to $250. Do this once a quarter and you can save up to $1,000. This money could be your emergency fund, a weekend family getaway, Christmas gift fund, or a donation to charity.

What do you have to lose? Join me and let’s do a “No Spending” weekend for October 15th and 16th! Take action and come back to www.livingandlovingourlives.com and tell me how it went with your successes and weaknesses.





Hebrews 13:5

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”