There is nothing more comforting to me than chili during stormy weather. I have never been a huge red meat-eater and actually have been an on again off again vegetarian for many years; simply my digestive system hates it and it’s never really tasted good to me. However, I can handle chicken and 99% of the time that is what my family has for dinner. Now that I think about it my poor husband only really eats red meat if we go out to eat or pick up something from a fast food joint, he doesn’t complain so I think he is fine.
With the weather still rain filled and degrees now in the 40’s…I mean I might as well say we are skipping fall and before we know it the snow will be here! I recently did a big haul at the grocery store of beans, soups, noodles, frozen vegetables, and tons of can goods for two reasons; during the winter when the weather gets bad here in the mountains the only grocery store tends to run out of food and I love using my slower cooker during cold weather season! As long as you always stay stocked up on the basic ingredients used in stews, soups and chili you really can’t go wrong and can always whip up some kind of hearty meal.
There are hundreds of ways to make chili and quite frankly it can be a little overwhelming trying to find a recipe out of the hundreds that your family will actually enjoy. So why not make your own unique chili?
At the beginning of the week I had baked a 3 lb pack of fresh chicken in real simple seasoning, pepper, salt, garlic powder, olive oil and a little poultry seasoning; since I knew I would be using the chicken for multiple dinners throughout the week. When the time came for me to go search my pantry for things to put together for dinner I thought hmm let’s make chili. I didn’t have a recipe and when I don’t have a recipe I ask my husband if he wants a “Crystal creation” and he always says yes. Crystal’s creations are just a thing we say when I make my own recipe and throw a bunch of ingredients together and pray they turn out okay; sometimes they aren’t!
Thankfully I have made a handful of chili’s and stews over the years so once you learn what ingredients go well together you really just trust the process; even when you’re winging it! In my house we will call this another successful “Crystal Creation” but ,for you I will call this a super easy throw together chicken chili!
Here are the ingredient’s needed:
- 2 cans of rinsed and drained beans ( I used navy beans because that is what I had but whatever type should work)
- 1 can of drained sweet corn
- 1 can of drained diced tomatoes with green chilies
- 1 can of cream of chicken
- 1 can of milk ( fill the cream of chicken can)
- 2 large cooked chicken breast shredded
- 2 cups of chicken broth
- salt and pepper for to taste
- 1 1/2 tsp of chili powder
- 1/2 tsp of paprika
Optional ingredients for topping of finished chili: shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream.
Now onto the super easy directions:
Start by using a large pot and add all the ingredient’s and bring to a boil stirring frequently. After about 10 minutes reduce the heat and let simmer on low for about another 10 minutes allowing the chili to start and thicken a little. I also taste as it cooks to see if I need any further seasonings, mainly because this was a made up recipe sometimes your going to need to alter as you go. My family loves spicy so I ended up adding a few dashes of buffalo sauce into the chili and it truly added that bang factor but, without it was great as well.
The chili shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes for it all to come together which is great for an easy weekday dinner; once done bowl up and add toppings if wanted. In our house chili isn’t chili without cornbread to go along with it and my husband makes the best cornbread so he was necessary for this quick dinner meal. Overall this easy thrown together meal was delicious and a new fall favorite for us….I hope you enjoy!
Do you have a special creation you’ve made over the years or a favorite fall comfort food recipe go to?