So easy a child can make it!

On Sunday afternoon we made chicken chipotle chili.  I say “we” because Samantha (9 years old) did most of the work with a little direction from mom.  We had it for dinner last night and the best part is that Samantha also likes eating it.  She was very proud of herself for being so involved with the cooking.  This also freezes well so the leftovers have been added to all of the yummy stuff piling up in our freezer.  Mom is going to get some more nights off!

Chicken Chipotle chili

  • 3 TB canola oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into small cubes
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 TB chili powder
  • 1 TB ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 qt chicken stock
  • 28 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained of about 1/2 of liquid
  • 3 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, roughly chopped
  • 2 cans black beans

Heat oil in a heavy sauce pan and brown chicken cubes (about 5 minutes.)  Remove chicken and drain on paper towels.  Pour off fat leaving about 1 tablespoon in pan.  Add onions and brown about 4 – 5 minutes.  Return chicken to pan.

Stir together flour, chili powder, cumin and salt and sprinkle over onions and chicken.  Stir and cook about 1 minute.  Add stock, tomatoes and chipotles and simmer covered about 30 minutes.  Add black beans and cook another 10 minutes.

Let cool and then refrigerate until ready to serve.  Serve with sour cream and tortilla chips.

Tonight we had the Pizza Amatriciana.  Samantha decided that she would take 1/4 of the pizza crust and top it with plain sauce, Mozzarella cheese and some cooked bacon.  Love that we are getting closer and closer to more nights when we are eating the same thing!

Pizza Amatriciana

  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic (I was out of garlic so substituted shallots) chopped
  • 3 TB red wine
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 pizza crust

Cook bacon until crisp and drain on paper towels.  Discard bacon grease reserving about 1 TB.  Cook chopped onion (and garlic or shallot) in bacon grease until golden, about 10 minutes.  Add wine and stir in.  Add red pepper and tomatoes and bring to a boil.  Cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.

Top pizza crust with topping and crumble reserved bacon on top.  Top with mozzarella cheese and bake at 450 for about 8 minutes.