Monday, October 3, 2011

chicken chili party!

My luck is about to run out on the warm weather! Today the high is going to be 80 degrees & by Friday the high will be 50! If you know me very well you know that I live for SUMMER! But, hey, I live in Utah, the state famous for the greatest snow on earth. Luckily, homemade chili is one of my coping skills. I LOVE soup of every kind but I especially love Chili because it has all of my favorite flavors.

If you've never cooked with fresh jalapeno peppers what are you waiting for? They are about 10 cents each at the grocery store & add a TON of flavor. If seeded & cored jalapenos are not that hot. If you like more heat, chop it WITH the seeds & core. It is important to handle jalapenos with care to avoid chemical-type burns on your skin. If you don't have plastic gloves just put your hands inside cheap plastic sandwich bags when chopping the peppers & don't touch your face, etc. until you have thoroughly washed your hands.

Here is some great info on handling jalepenos: PEPPERS.

Chicken Chili

Yield: 8 servings


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 green bell pepper, seeded & chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded & chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & chopped (use plastic gloves)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3 cups chicken broth
3 cups shredded seasoned cooked chicken
1 15 ounce can white beans, undrained (I used the BEANS in this pic, 5th can from left)
1 14.5 ounce petite chopped tomatoes, undrained
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese


1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add green bell pepper, red bell pepper, jalapeno pepper & onion, cook & stir for 2-3 minutes until softened. Add garlic & cumin & cook for another 2 minutes.

2. Stir in chicken broth, chicken, beans & tomatoes, reduce heat & simmer stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.

3. Add corn & cheese, heating until cheese is melted. Remove from heat & stir in cilantro.

Optional garnish: sour cream, additional shredded cheese & chopped cilantro

*P.S. My chicken broth, chicken & beans were all seasoned so I did not add additional salt or pepper. Season as desired.

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