Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Creamy Chicken-Apple Chili

This light, creamy chili was a great way to bring summer to closure and welcome fall. The flour and butter mixture added the perfect thickness and creaminess to the chicken broth and a squeeze of fresh lime juice added a little tang. The other ingredients were full of flavor as well: chicken with chili powder and cumin and apples with cinnamon - an extraordinary combo!

And check this article out - Durham is featured in Bon Appetit dubbed as "America's Foodiest Small Town". I couldn't have landed in a better place!

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  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds chicken tenders, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 apples, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 pablano peppers chopped
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, I couldn't resist w/ apples
  • 2 tablespoons butter and 2 Tbsp EVOO
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • One 15-ounce can pinto beans, rinsed
  • One 15-ounce can white beans, rinsed
  • Sprinkling shredded monterey jack cheese, optional
  • Squeeze of fresh lime wedge, optional


1. In a large Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, chili powder and cumin. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes; transfer to a bowl.

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2. In the same pot, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the apples, onion, peppers, and zucchini and cook, stirring, until softened, 6 minutes; add to the chicken.

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3. In the same pot, melt the butter/EVOO over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute; whisk in the chicken broth and milk until thickened, 3 minutes.

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Stir in the chicken-apple mixture and beans, bring to a simmer. Top with cheese and a squeezed lime wedge. Serve with the tortillas and scallions, optional.

Served with Roasted Delicata Squash and ketchup.

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray and recommended by Sarah

1 comment:

Jen (Running with Food) said...

Well, hi again! I just did a Google search on this recipe to see if others had made any modifications and your site popped up. I am planning to make this recipe this week. Sounds delish!

Yes, I have been busy ... we spent a week in Aruba and then I hopped right into jury duty. Hopefully it will slow down soon ... it sure isn't leaving me very much time for fun. Take care, girl!