Besides putting pumpkin in everything, I often love to make hot soups, chili and crock pot meals to warm me up in the fall. This past Sunday I made Rachel Ray’s Buffalo Chicken Chili that served as a 2 dinners and a lunch for me and Dave! Dave said he really liked it with the celery, carrots and blue cheese because it had a little twist on your standard chicken chili. I also threw in a little zucchini because I had some leftover from my pumpkin lasagna. Definitely a repeat meal!
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 pounds all-white meat ground chicken breast
- 1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 ribs celery, finely chopped
- 5 large cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (you can substitute with chipotles or chipotle chili powder) - I substituted with chipotle chili powder
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup hot sauce, depending on how hot you like it (I used Franks Red Hot...I put that sh#t on everything! haha)
- 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce (if you have a big can of tomatoes, don't go to the store to get the sauce, it's fine. Just use what you have)
- 1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 1 7-ounce bag yellow corn chips
- 1 7-ounce bag blue corn chips
- 3/4 pound blue cheese, crumbled, recommended type Maytag Blue
- 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped (a couple of handfuls)
- Preheat oven to 375°F or broiler to medium
- Place a large pot over medium-high heat, add 1 turn of the pan of EVOO, about 1 tablespoon, and the butter.
- Once the butter has melted and the pot is hot, add the ground chicken. Brown it, using the back of a wooden spoon to break it up in to small pieces, about 5-6 minutes.
- Add the carrot, onion, celery, garlic, paprika, bay leaf and some salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 3-4 minutes.
- Add the chicken stock and scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pot.
- Add the hot sauce, tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes, and bring up to a bubble. Simmer for 8-10 minutes to let the flavors come together.
- While the chili is simmering, spread the yellow and blue corn chips out on a cookie sheet. Top with the crumbled blue cheese and transfer to the oven to melt the cheese, about 4-5 minutes. If using the broiler, 2-3 minutes should do the trick. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the chopped parsley.
- Top each serving of buffalo chicken chili with a few blue cheese-topped corn chips
Recipe from Rachel Ray