Spicy Chicken Chili | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spicy Chicken Chili

Spicy Chicken Chili | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The gravity seems to be increasing lately on my downward spiral of self-loathing. I’ve been quietly beating myself up over my job, my appearance, my weight, my blog, my Instagram game, just about everything. I’m horrible for comparing myself to others, but that’s sort of how I ended up here in the first place. Frustrated by looking at the seemingly perfect lives of comfortably middle class women who seem to have it all figured out, I decided to create my own space for people who are always broke and a bit of a hot mess. I still can’t seem to look away from their perfectly manicured lives. Even their vulnerability seems to be more perfect and beautiful than mine.

Where am I going with this? I have no idea. I guess I need to thank you for going on this journey with me. Chances are, you’re not here for the journey. You’ve skipped over all this self-exploration and gone straight to the food. If you’re digging into this mess, though, let’s hug it out and comfort ourselves with something delicious while we dig deep to remember our own self-worth.

Spicy Chicken Chili | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I made you everyone’s favorite, Spicy Chicken Chili. I make this for guests all the time, and they all want to go home and make it again fr themselves. In fact, I’ve made this dish for this blog before. Maybe I’ve gotten better at this whole food photography thing in the past five years? Still a long way to go.

Any dang ways, if you’re at all fond of the smoky, spicy flavors of chili, you absolutely must try this recipe. It’s hearty and packed with layers of flavor and textures. You can pretend like it’s healthy because of the chicken, but there’s also a healthy dose of cream in this pot of goodness, so I’m not sure it’s diet friendly. I super don’t care. Spicy Chicken Chili is worth every calorie. It’s ridiculous.

Spicy Chicken Chili | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Maybe you’re having a hard time finding the awesomeness in your life today. It’s out there somewhere. Spicy Chicken Chili will definitely bring the awesome to you and everyone who eats it.

Spicy Chicken Chili
Serves 4
Everyone knows that Spicy Chicken Chili is completely awesome.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Tbsp butter
  2. 1-1/2 to 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size chunks,
  3. 1/4 cup flour
  4. 1/2 onion, diced
  5. 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  6. 2 cups chicken stock
  7. 1 cup heavy cream
  8. 2 Tbsp chili powder
  9. 1 tsp ground coriander
  10. 1 tsp ground cumin
  11. 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  12. 15 grinds black pepper (1/2 Tbsp)
  13. 1/2 Tbsp salt
  14. 2 cans cannellini beans, drained
  15. 1 7 oz can green chiles
  16. sour cream to garnish
  17. shredded cheese to garnish
  18. tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. After you’ve cut up your chicken, don’t forget to season it a bit with salt, pepper, and chili powder. Sprinkle it in and give it a toss.
  2. In a large pot, melt your butter over medium high heat.
  3. Add chicken and cook until browned on all sides and just cooked through. Remove the chicken to a plate to hang out while you get on with it.
  4. Sprinkle in the flour and stir it with the melted butter to make a roux, or thick paste. Sometimes the chicken gives off a lot of liquid when cooking, so you may need to add a bit more flour. If you don’t make it pasty, the sauce won’t thicken later. Cook for about one minute or it starts to smell nutty.
  5. Stir in the onion and pepper. Let it cook for a few minutes to soften.
  6. Add in about half of your chicken stock slowly, scraping up any bits that have stuck to the pan. Stir out any lumps before adding in the next batch of stock.
  7. Stir in the heavy cream. Allow the mixture to come back to a boil, then simmer for about five minutes to thicken.
  8. Add your spices and seasonings and make sure they’re incorporated. Don’t leave any clumps of cumin behind.
  9. Next, stir in the beans and green chiles.
  10. Add your chicken back in, give everything a good mix, and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes before serving.
  11. I like to crush some chips into the bottom of the bowl, then spoon over the chili, and top it with some sour cream and cheese. Make it awesome.
Notes
  1. If you live in a place where you can't easily buy canned green chilis (such as Scotland) just throw in a couple of extra fresh green or red chilis, diced, with your onion and bell pepper.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
http://awesomeon20.com/
Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I have become a master of sourcing American ingredients in foreign countries. I have to admit, it feels like cheating a bit here since I speak the language and anything I can’t find in stores I can probably order from Amazon. Still, occasionally I have to go questing for certain ingredients. 

I’ve already changed the grocery store we get our deliveries from because the first one didn’t carry panko bread crumbs. I thought they had pumpkin, too, but it turns out they don’t carry it in our area. Luckily I just hopped on the subway and popped into the cutest little Mexican market, Lupe Pinto’s, and picked up a can and made cheesecake. They have all sorts of great Mexican and American ingredients in there, so if you’re a Yankee in Glasgow, be sure you check it out.

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I was all prepared to go on a long quest for the cornmeal for this recipe. See, I’m a Jif corn muffin mix lover myself, but I knew there was no way I was getting that here, and I didn’t want to wait until our next grocery order came in. Luckily, I only had to walk about a half mile down our street to obtain it. If you’re making this recipe, you can totally save yourself time by using a corn muffin/bread mix, but I’ll tell you how I made mine just in case.

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac is so comforting and so easy. It’s full of flavors I love, not to mention great textures. The squishy pasta, the stringy cheese, the grittiness from the cornbread… It makes me so happy. I like to take it out of the oven when the top is just starting to turn golden so that the corn batter is still a little under done on the bottom. It gives it sort of a polenta effect which I enjoy. If you want yours 100% cornbready, just cook it about five minutes longer.

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I love it when things are easy and convenient, but every once in a while, we need a challenge. A quest that makes the prize worthwhile. Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac is totally worth it!

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac
Serves 4
Chili, cheese, and macaroni get topped with a layer of golden cornbread for this ultra-comforting Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 cups uncooked macaroni
  2. 2 cans or 3 cups of your favorite chili
  3. 1 cup shredded cheddar or pepperjack cheese
  4. 1 batch of your favorite corn muffin mix OR
Cornbread Topping
  1. 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup cornmeal
  3. 3 tablespoons sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1/3 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 and spray a 2 quart casserole or other baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Put a pot of water on to boil and cook your macaroni a minute or two shy of the package directions. Drain.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, you can prepare your cornbread mix. Combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, and vegetable oil in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add in the egg and milk, and stir until everything comes together and there are no lumps. Set aside.
  4. When your pasta is cooked, add it to the bottom of the casserole dish. Spoon and spread your chili over this to cover it all, then sprinkle on the cheese. Finally, carefully spread the cornbread mixture over the top. It will be pretty sticky, so don't worry if it doesn't go exactly to the edge or you have a few small holes.
  5. Bake your chili mac in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
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Cheesy Black Bean Bacon Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bacon Black Bean Chili

Bacon Black Bean Chili from Awesome on 20

My husband and I met first in real life, but we truly fell in love over the internet. When he moved back to Taiwan from England, we had spent hours and hours talking, but not a ton of actual time alone together. We still had a lot to get to know about each other. 

You better believe I had been hyping up my cooking skills during those endless Facebook chats, so I felt a bit of pressure to perform in the kitchen once we finally lived in a place where I could cook. This bacon black bean chili was one of the recipes I discovered during that time, and it became a regular in our Taiwan kitchen. Probably because black beans were something we knew we could always find in our local grocery store, but also because it’s insanely delicious.

Bacon Black Bean Chili from Awesome on 20

This Bacon Black Bean Chili is a little bit spicy and a little bit smoky. It’s on the borderline of being a soup, but it’s very hearty. You could probably even add some ground beef or turkey if you really wanted to max it out, but I like it the way it is. Bacon, beans, onions, tomatoes, chilis, seasonings, and love. Topping it off with cheese and sour cream never hurt anything.

Using canned beans makes this recipe come together really quickly, so it’s perfectly reasonable for a week night. It’s also easy to double if you want to feed a crowd. I much prefer a meal that can be made all in one pot.

Bacon Black Bean Chili from Awesome on 20

Bacon Black Bean Chili has been a staple of my marriage. Perhaps this one pot wonder will help you fall in love a little bit more. Maybe with bacon. Maybe with a human. I’m not picky.

 

Bacon Black Bean Chili
Serves 4
Bacon Black Bean Chili is smoky and spicy, and perfect for sharing with someone you love.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 slices bacon
  2. 1 small onion, chopped
  3. 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  5. 3/4 cup petite diced tomatoes with green chiles
  6. 1 tablespoon ketchup
  7. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  8. 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  9. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  10. 2 cans black beans, drain, not rinsed
  11. Salt and pepper
  12. 1 tablespoon lime juice
  13. Scallions for topping
  14. Shredded cheddar cheese for topping
  15. Sour cream for topping
  16. Tortilla chips for dipping
Instructions
  1. Place a large pot over medium high heat, and cut your bacon into small pieces with scissors right over the pot. Let the bacon cook until it just starts to get crispy around the edges.
  2. While the bacon is cooking, chop your onion and garlic. Add the onion to the pot and give it a stir. Cook for about five minutes or until the onions start to soften. Add the garlic and stir. Cook for about a minute or until you start to smell the garlic.
  3. You'll probably have some lovely brown bits on the bottom of your pan by now. Add about half of your chicken brown, and scrape the bottom of the pan with your spoon to get all that flavor into your chili. Add the rest of the broth, the tomatoes and chiles, ketchup, Worcestershire, chili powder, and cumin, and stir it all together. Finally, stir in your beans.
  4. Adjust the heat so that you have a lively simmer, and allow everything to cook together for about 10 minutes. Come back and taste for seasoning, then add salt and pepper as you like. Turn the heat off, and give it a squeeze of lime juice.
  5. Scoop your chili into a bowl, top it with your favorite toppings, put some chips on the side for dipping, and eat with someone you love.
Adapted from Dave Lieberman
Adapted from Dave Lieberman
http://awesomeon20.com/
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