Chili Cheese Fries

We take a fast-food favorite, once an indulgence, and turn it into a dinner delight by stripping 400 calories, 39 grams of fat, 14 grams of saturated fat and nearly 1000 mg of sodium!
Chili Cheese Fries

Photo: Maya Visnyei

By Julie O'Hara

Serves: 6 Hands-on time: 40 minutes Total time: 40 minutes (plus soaking time) INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 1/4 lb Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/3-inch-thick fries
  • 2 tbsp safflower oil
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper, divided
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 1/4 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 large onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup unsalted tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp chile powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3 oz reduced-fat cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. To a large bowl, add potatoes and enough warm water to cover by a few inches; set aside for 20 to 30 minutes. Drain and dry thoroughly. (TIP: You can skip soaking the potatoes if you’re short on time. Fries may not be a crisp, but they’ll still taste great.)
  2. Arrange oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat to 425F. Line 2 large, rimmed baking sheets with nonstick foil or  parchment paper. Pile half of potatoes on each sheet. To each sheet, add 1 tbsp oil, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Toss potatoes until coated and spread in a single layer. Roast for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and turn over. Return to oven, switching positions of sheets and roast until both sides are golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare chili: Mist a large saucepan or a wide, deep skillet with cooking spray and heat on medium-high. Add turkey, remaining 1/4 tsp salt and remaining 1/2 tsp black pepper and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes. Push turkey to edges of pan and add onion to center of pan. Cook, stirring frequently until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and stir to combine all ingredients and cook until soft, 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomato paste, chile powder, cumin, oregano, cinnamon and cayenne and stir until combined. Add broth and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently until thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add honey and stir until dissolved.
  4. Divide fries among serving plates and top evenly with chili, sour cream, cheese and scallions.

Nutrients per serving (1 1/4 cup fries, 2/3 cup chili, 2 tsp sour cream): Calories: 411, Total Fat: 9 g, Sat. Fat: 2 g, Carbs: 52 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugars: 6 g, Protein: 33 g, Sodium: 428 mg, Cholesterol: 54 mg

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