(Or I order pizza for dinner.)
A few weeks ago I bought a ton of chicken breasts and spicy Italian sausages that were on sale, and I froze them into smaller portions (2-3 pieces per bag). I also recently organized my pantry and realized we had a LOT of pasta and canned goods. I made sausage and veggie soup and shrimp tacos last week, so I had plenty of bits of various produce left over to use for meals this week. On Sunday I made a pasta dish using spicy Italian sausage over a mix of of penne and rigatoni. (I had small amounts of both pastas in the pantry.) I used this recipe for inspiration and it was delicious! My version of alfredo was good but not great, so I’m going to tweak it a bit more before I share it with y’all.
For our next no-shopping dinner I made chipotle chicken chili and you guys, I MADE IT UP! And it is one killer chili, if I do say so myself. It’s great on its own, but the toppings knock it out of the park. It’s not fussy at all — a smallish amount will fill you up (you’re going to want to eat a ton at a time, but remember — beans), you can do it in the crock-pot and it’s an easy meal to tweak to your own preferences. Don’t like much onion? Use less. (Or use only one kind, though I loved the mix of white and red.) Love black beans? Use those instead! Not spicy enough? Add more diced chipotle pepper or stir in some hot sauce. Green chilies would probably be great, too. (In that case, you could use a can of Rotel and skip the petite diced tomatoes.)
If you find yourself with leftover chipotles in adobo sauce, freeze them in a ziploc and pull them out for shrimp tacos or another batch of chili!
|yay for leftovers! whoops, crumbs on the table. photography fail.|
active time: 10-15 minutes
total time, start to finish: depends on crock-pot setting (see instructions for cooking without a crock-pot)
for the chili:
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 thighs would probably work just as well)
- 1/2 small white or yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 small red onion, diced
- 1 can chicken broth
- 1 can corn, drained
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes (**plain, NOT seasoned**)
- 1 can great northern beans
- 2 Tbsp of diced chipotle peppers (pull them out of the adobo sauce and dice on a cutting board)
- 4 Tbsp of the adobo sauce that the peppers come in
- 1/2 Tbsp cumin
- 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
- 1/2 jalapeño pepper, finely diced
- 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
- salt to taste
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch (see directions for use)
- we used: crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, guacamole
- also try: more cilantro, lime wedges, pico de gallo, jalapeño slices, banana pepper slices
1. Combine all chili ingredients in a crock-pot and cook on high for 3-5 hours or low for 6-8. (It’s totally fine if your chicken is frozen when you put it in the crock-pot, but it needs to cook for at least 4 hours on high or 7-8 on low. You’ll know to cook it longer if it feels rubbery.)
2. 20-30 minutes before serving, move the chicken breasts to a cutting board and remove one tablespoon of the chili liquid and place in a small bowl in the fridge.
3. Shred chicken with a fork or dice into small chunks. (I did a mix of both.) Return the chicken to the crock-pot and check the flavor to see if you need to add any more seasoning.
4. Whisk the cornstarch into the cooled chili liquid and then add it back into the pot. Stir around and let thicken while you get toppings together/set the table/whatever.
5. Try not to eat the entire pot of chili in one night.
If you don’t own a crock-pot, sauté the onion in a large pot over medium heat. Add in the chicken (dice it first) and let it cook, then stir in all of the other chili ingredients. Bring to a boil, then turn to a simmer and cover for 30-60 minutes. Use the same cornstarch method as mentioned above.
*If you make this and get a different serving amount, let me know. Andy and I use different-sized bowls when we eat, so it’s hard for me to come up with that number. I think it probably makes six one-cup servings.