This is another recipe from Family feasts for $75 a week. I was totally afraid to use as much chili powder as this called for (3 Tablespoons) I only used 1/2 Tablespoon. I would put more next time. I also found it a bit silly that the recipe called for stewed tomatoes which she said she then purees. I just used crushed. I also started with pre-cooked chicken - and not quite as much as called for. The result was a super quick meal. I liked it, just wished I would have put more chili powder, and in fact when I ate it for left overs I added some chili powder. One thing I like about this book is that the recipes make a lot of food. We always have left overs. That is nice because I haven't had to think about lunch for a couple of weeks, and have even had a left over day for dinner, and frozen some of the left overs for another meal later. Can't beat that! I acutally served this over white rice because I didn't want to wait for brown to cook. The white cooked in the same amount of time it took to prepare the meal.
- 1 container pre-cooked chicken (2-3 cups chopped cooked - or use raw and chop and cook at the beginning)
- 1-2 Tablespoons oil (I use a healthy blend)
- 1/2 Tablespoon chili powder (use more next time)
- 1/2 Tablespoon paprika (I would omit this next time if using more chili powder)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
- 3 15 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 green peppers, seeded and chopped (I was lazy and used 1/2 cup dehydrated red and green)
- white or brown rice
- (cook rice in a rice cooker. Cook chicken and set aside if not using pre-cooked - or thaw and set aside)
- Place chili powder, cumin and cinnamon in a large pot (4 quart) Add enough oil to get the spice mix wet with oil. Heat spices until they're blackened and smoking, 4-6 minutes (I can't say that I did this - mine weren't black just toasted, and they weren't smoking, but they did steam a bit.)
- Reduce heat to low and add chocolate (I chopped it into smaller pieces) Stir until chocolate is melted and combined.
- Add tomatoes and garlic. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. (This bubbled very large bubbles that splashed all over the kitchen so I covered it with a splatter guard - be warned and cover it before it splashes your cookbook. :)
- Stir in chicken and green peppers. Simmer 5 more minutes. Serve over rice.