I know that I haven’t been around much, but it’s been so DANG HOT here in the middle of the desert. This has been the hottest month of June on record to date. 100⁰ or more of DRY heat every day. DH and I have been spending most of our days at our community pool trying to keep cool. We’re still on our diet and we have been longing for something more substantial than salads. So I was racking my brain as to what I could make that we could eat and that would fulfill that hunger.
Auntie Doni’s Chicken Chili
5 boneless-skinless Chicken Thighs, 1 inch cubes
2 Tbsp. Oil
½ of a large Onion, diced
4 Garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp. Cumin Seeds, toasted & ground
1 Tbsp. Oregano
1/8 tsp. Chipotle Chile powder
1 C. Chicken Broth
1 15oz. can diced Tomatoes
1 4oz. can (2 whole Hatch-diced) Green Chiles
1 small roasted Pasilla Chile, chopped
1 large Sweet Red Pepper, diced
½ C. Trader Joe’s frozen Roasted Corn Kernels
2 tsp. Cilantro, minced
1 15oz. can White Kidney Beans, rinsed & drained
**1-2 tsp. Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
Heat a large Dutch oven with the oil, over medium. Sauté the onion until translucent; add the garlic and cook just until you smell it. Toss in the chicken and cook until the exterior turns white. Add the spices and cook those for a few minutes. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, peppers, corn and cilantro; bring to a boil then reduce the heat to simmer and cover partially. Cook for 40 minutes, until it thickens; at the last 15 minutes, add the beans to cook as well.
This recipe makes 4 good sized servings. (without steamed white rice though, ARRGGHHHH!)
** this is optional, if you like a thicker broth, add a few tablespoons of the hot broth to a small cup and stir in a teaspoon or two of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix. Bring the pot back to a boil and stir in the corn mixture and allow to cook for a few minutes to desired denseness. (I keep the rest of the box in the `fridge in a ziptop bag for later use or just make it into corn muffins that go with your bowl of chili)
Remember, a recipe is just someone’s thought; you take that and make it your own. Add or delete and ingredients you want; maybe black beans instead of white? Green bell peppers rather than red. Or even chicken breast meat over dark thigh.