How to Thank a Handyman: Hearty Green Chili

Saturday, January 9, 2010

When a nice boy comes over to spend a hearty chunk of time unplugging your bathtub drain and doesn't even subject you to the gross, giGANtic clump of hair that led to the problem (seriously, I could have made a new person out of that hairball), you feed him a hearty chili. I doubt you'll find that rule in Emily Post's book of etiquette, but once I come out with my own bestseller, it will undoubtedly be in the first chapter.

The making of this green chili is a tad unconventional, but I have no doubt you'll be amazed by the product. The blended tortilla chips add a salty nuttiness to the chili, thickening it and giving it a unique flavor.

(No, I did not let some random dude in off the street to play plumber and then cook him dinner. That's Tim, the boyfriend. Tim, meet blog followers, blog followers, meet the newest Faith's Kitchen Taste Tester.)

Green Chili
1 quart chicken broth
1-1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
4 large handfuls tortilla chips, plus more for serving
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 bunch scallions, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
One 15-ounce can small red beans, drained
1 cup jarred green salsa

In a deep skillet, bring the chicken broth and chicken breasts to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat slightly and poach the chicken, turning occasionally, until just cooked through, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a plate and let cool.Crumble the 4 handfuls of tortilla chips into a food processor and add 3 cups of the hot broth; let sit to soften. Reserve the remaining 1 cup broth.

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat and add the scallions, oregano and cumin; cook until the scallions are softened, about 2 minutes. Pour the remaining cup of broth into the scallion mixture, then stir in the beans and salsa and bring to a simmer.
Puree the chips and broth in the food processor until smooth, then whisk the chip mixture into the bean mixture. Shred the chicken, add to the chili and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until heated through. Serve with extra tortilla chips.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Green chile ... nothing finer! What I like most is that it's a four season ingredient. Never a bad time for it.