Friday, October 18, 2013

The Perfect Chicken Chili Recipe for Lousy, Lazy Cooks

It's day 18 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge and Whoa, this is...well, challenging. I'm still one post behind because last Sunday I thought this daily blogging stuff was a breeze so I could take a day off and then write two the next day. Nope. Still haven't written that one extra.

I do a lot of brainstorming. I look at books with writing prompts. I even do the writing prompts - I scribbled for 20 minutes on everything I know about Texas and I don't even know anything about Texas. I read lots of other blogs to see what others are doing. I gotta tell ya, there's a blog for stinkin' everything: Yoga, tarot, how to drink more water, poetry, cooking, parenting, photographing birds, and on and on and on. You'd think I could just pick something and write a couple hundred words about it and be done.

Since I can't seem to, I'm cheating today. Yep, I'm sharing a recipe. No offense to food bloggers. It isn't cheating when they do it. It's only cheating because it's not what I do.

Here's a delicious chili recipe that you can't screw up:

Chicken Chili

Get this stuff at the store. If you feel like it, check your pantry and freezer first to see what you have on hand.

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (eh, more or less)
3 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained (There's a million varieties. Just pick one.)
4 cups frozen corn (Oh just buy a bag of frozen corn and toss it in. Why dirty a measuring cup?)
2 cans (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained (Hold your nose! Man, those things stink)
2 cans (14.5 ounce) chicken broth
1 can (4 ounce) chopped green chiles
3 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt (If ya think you need it. With the other spices, you don't)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Sour cream and grated cheese for toppings. And Fritos. Big bag.


Cook your chicken. I cook it on the George Foreman grill. Don't care how you do it.
Then cut that bird up into bite size pieces. Don't overcook it - remember it will cook more while the chili is simmering.

Throw all the stuff in a big pot and stir. Except the toppings. That would be stupid. Bring it to a boil, no not a raging one, then turn it down to a simmer. Simmer for a long time. Like hours. Stir it sometimes. Taste it. Add more spices if you want it hotter.

Serve with sour cream and cheese on top. Or don't.

No, I don't know how many servings this makes. A lot. A family of four would have some leftovers. Is that close enough?

*recipe originally found in Taste of Home. Then tested and changed repeatedly until perfect.


  1. Hi Deb! We love love love chili and all kinds (except chicken)... we just had to return chicken that was recalled in a HUGE recall here in California for Foster Farms and then our local Kroger (where we do the majority of our shopping) called on the phone and in a recorded message told us to return ANY chicken to them that was their brand as well. The chicken was recalled for what else, SALMONELLA. So chicken is off our list for awhile now and we are instead trying more with PORK. The OTHER WHITE MEAT :) Your recipe is wonderful and I don't care about the food bloggers who sway and rewrite other people's recipes from cookbooks that aren't published ONLINE.... they cheat too! lol Thanks for posting on my UBC post today about Pet Adoption! Really appreciated it! Have a great weekend and we will try your recipe soon!!!

  2. Hi Carolyn! Yikes, I'd stick with the OTHER white meat for a while too. This would be great with pork. Now I want to try that : ) Also, the amount of meat called for is plenty to share a little with the dogs, and still have what you need for the dish!

  3. Thanks for the recipe! Sounds yummy!
    I'm struggling to keep up with the blog as well. Oh well- think how easy it will be to do a once a week!

  4. Exactly, Renee! I know that if I can get through this challenge, I can do a once or twice a week blog post. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. i love this recipe as i am one of those lazzy cooks :) happy UBC

    1. Thanks! It's so easy, and so much healthier than hitting a fast food place : )

  6. My kind of recipe! And I'm a post behind in UBC too! Will be making it up on the 1st November...I hope!

    1. You can do it! I feel better when I see posts from others who are 10 behind - yikes. Thanks for coming by, Katherine.

  7. The gang is having a fall day tomorrow and we're whipping this up! thanks!