18 October, 2011

Chicken Chili | Barefoot Contessa Parties!

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Chicken Chili ingredients
Serves 12 
8 cups chopped yellow onions (6 onions)
1/4 cup good olive oil, plus extra for chicken
1/4 cup minced garlic (8 cloves)
4 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and large-diced
4 yellow bell peppers, cored, seeded, and large-diced
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
4 tsp kosher salt, plus more for chicken
4 (28-oz) cans whole peeled plum tomatoes in puree, undrained
1/2 cup minced fresh basil leaves
8 split chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
Freshly ground black pepper

For serving: 
Chopped onions
Corn chips
Grated cheddar
Sour cream


Cook the onions in the oil over Medium-Low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the bell peppers, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne, and salt. Cook for 1 minute. Crush the tomatoes by hand or in batches in a food processor fitted with a steel blade (pulse 6 to 8 times). Add to the pot with the basil. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Rub the chicken breasts with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast the chicken for 35 to 40 minutes, until just cooked. Let cool slightly.

Separate the meat from the bones and skin and cut into 3/4-inch chunks. Add to the chili and simmer, uncovered, for another 20 minutes. Serve with the toppings, or refrigerate and reheat gently before serving.

This Chicken Chili recipe is from Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa Parties! Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun (New York: Clarkson Potter, 2001).

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