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Monday, September 30, 2013

Crockpot: Chicken Chili

It's supposed to be "Fall", but I live in Arizona, so that's probably not going to happen for another month or two. However, I've been dying to dig out the crockpot for some easy dinners for us. 
TheFutureFoodCritic is now 22 months old, and when we get home - there's not a lot of time between then and needing dinner on the table. And while I do love to cook, I'd much prefer to hang with him than spend time in the kitchen. That's where prep ahead, freezer meals, and crockpots come in.
A problem I have with a lot of recipes out there is that the cooking time is "short". By that, I mean 6 hours or less. That simply doesn't work for our family. I leave the house at 6:30am and don't return until 4:30pm.
THIS recipe, takes 10 hours on low. PERFECT! Prep the night before, turn it on as you leave the house, and come home to a lovely smelling house.
This was popular with everyone in my house!
CROCKPOT CHICKEN CHILI
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 large onion, chopped 
  • 1 16-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 16-oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce (tomato puree for the Aussies/Kiwis)
  • 10-oz package frozen corn kernels (or a can, drained) 
  • 2 14.5-oz cans diced tomatoes w/chilies (or two cans of regular tomatoes, with 2 cans of chopped green chillies) 
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (or, use 2 heaping tablespoons of this homemade one)
  • 1 tbsp cumin 
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  •  3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts 
  • Toppings: cheese, sour cream, cilantro (coriander for the Aussies/Kiwis), jalapenos, olives (you choose!)


DIRECTIONS:
  1. Combine beans, onion, chili peppers, corn, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker
  2. Place chicken on top and cover
  3. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours
  4. Half an hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in
  5. Serve with toppings of your choice (we put ours on top of tortilla chips, added cheese, and broiled until the cheese melted, then sprinkled chopped cilantro and a dollop of sour cream)