Recipes: Non-Vegetarian

Chicken Chili with Black Beans

I woke up this morning and went straight into the kitchen to make myself some coffee and looked out the window. And what do I see? The perfect weather to dig into a bowl of Chicken Chili!

Recipe for Chicken Chili with Black Beans, taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

It’s been chilly, wet and foggy the past couple of days, which makes me happy knowing that my favourite season has finally made it’s way! Just looking at wet ground gave me a cosy feeling. I was so glad for being home and not having to drag myself through the chill to go someplace. It was a treat to look forward to spending the next hour or two enjoying my hot cuppa over the books and magazines I’d gathered a few weeks ago to aid me in my impending writing assignments.


There’s something about Fall that just brings me to a good place. The lovely hues of orange and red in the trees, the crisp chill in the air, and especially the warmth from cranking up the stove and oven to begin a long period of rich comfort food. I always welcome the cooler weather by making an array of rich spicy curries, aromatic stews and tantalizing soups. Most of our dinners during these colder months are enjoyed on the warm comfy couch over our favourite movies, with the softness of a fleece blanket wrapped around us.

Of all things I enjoy cooking in the Fall, one of my most favourite meals would have to be a big bowl of Chili with freshly baked rustic Italian bread on the side. This Chicken Chili dish is such a hit in my home, that I almost always make a big batch and freeze it, to savour over the coming weeks. Like any rustic dish, it’s very versatile to work with. When I want to give it more depth, I always opt to add in a cup or two of mixed beans and meatier vegetables like mushrooms.

Although this Chicken Chili with Black Beans may not be the traditional Chili recipe we Canadians are so used to, it definitely is worth trying! And for those with little time on their hands and a big craving for easy comfort foods, it’s definitely a winner!

Chicken Chili with Black Beans

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp light cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 lb lean ground chicken
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can baked beans in tomato sauce
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • water as needed
  • fresh coriander leaves chopped for garnish

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a deep pan and saute onions, jalapeno and garlic till onions become transparent and soft. Add in ground chicken, and fry till moisture dries up.
  • Season with salt, chili powder, cumin powder and oregano, and cook for another minute, stirring constantly. Add in the canned tomatoes and tomato paste, and cook for a few mmore inutes to combine well.
  • Add in both the canned beans and about a half cup of water, and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes on low heat.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander and serve warm with bread.

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Care
    April 15, 2012

    5 stars
    This is without a doubt the tastiest chili i have ever tasted. I make it with double the amount of spices though, and a dash of Jack Daniels πŸ˜€

  • Reply
    Simmi
    October 5, 2008

    5 stars
    Hi Meena

    Stumbled onto your site, looking for easy puri recipes. Love your style of writing and will definitely try your chicken chilli. Photos are fab too!

  • Reply
    Kevin
    January 7, 2008

    5 stars
    That chicken chili looks really good. Great photo!

  • Reply
    Ranjani
    January 5, 2008

    5 stars
    This looks uber-yummy! Tonight’s menu πŸ˜€

  • Reply
    Sadiya
    November 28, 2007

    Hi Meena,

    I have been checking your blog on and off and noticed you haven’t blogged any new recipes. Hope all is well with you. Hope to see a few new recipes. Take care

  • Reply
    sagari
    November 5, 2007

    u have a lovely blog

  • Reply
    Meena
    November 2, 2007

    Thanks everyone! Comfort food like this is a regular at my home in the Fall. Hope you all enjoy it as well.

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    zara
    November 2, 2007

    5 stars
    this sounds nice, as usual πŸ™‚ as i’m a vegatarian, i’ll give it a try without meat, but looove beans πŸ™‚

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    Kim
    October 24, 2007

    5 stars
    I switched over to organic foods awhile ago, and haven’t had meat besides chicken since I was 5. I was recommended to try Indian food, and was immediately afraid to even look into it. I stumbled across your blog today looking for stews, and am so impressed! The photos and the easy steps in your recipes make me so excited to start cooking. I moved into my own apartment this year at college, and your recipes will be some of my first! Thanks!

  • Reply
    sonali l.
    October 21, 2007

    5 stars
    hi. I am first timer at your blog and have just spent over an hour perusing it–archives and all and I must say this —–great blog–super photos and a very effortless writing style–one that makes me feel like you are actually sitting across me and chatting. will def. visit again–being an avid comfort foodie myself.

  • Reply
    Cynthia
    October 19, 2007

    5 stars
    And look how the colours in your chili reflect the season πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    mandira
    October 18, 2007

    5 stars
    love the chicken chilli and that it is so easy to make… I will try this in the clay pot πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    lissie
    October 18, 2007

    5 stars
    hi meena, first time to your site. let me tell you, yours is the best site i have ever visited!!! beautiful pictures and very good recipes! will have to try them one by one.
    brings back memories of my visit to Toronto and Monteal during Autumn…

  • Reply
    Kanchana
    October 18, 2007

    5 stars
    Meena,

    Fall in Ontario is really beautiful. Have you ever been to Lions Valley Park in Oakville? Its just South off Dundas Street West (Highway 5) between Neyagawa Boulevard and Third Line. It is SO beautiful. You should really go check it out before all the leaves turn to a soggy mush. Ooooh I miss my hometown now!

    Picture looks beautiful as always.

    Kanchana

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    willowtree
    October 17, 2007

    5 stars
    I love looking at your site. It’s so beautiful. What type of camera do you use? And I think I’m going to definitely try this recipe. I don’t like beans, but I might substitute some other vegetable for it.
    I love your blog. Such good work. Congratulations!

  • Reply
    swaroopa
    October 17, 2007

    5 stars
    wow gr8 recipe!1 thanx for sharing

  • Reply
    Christine
    October 17, 2007

    5 stars
    Meena, you have once again lit a fire under the culinary part of my brain. Chili’s on the menu tonight at my house!!

  • Reply
    Padmaja
    October 17, 2007

    With Autumn already here with those damp n cold nights, comfort food like this in incredible!!

  • Reply
    Nabeela
    October 16, 2007

    5 stars
    chicken chili sounds perfect for fall…I’ll be marking your recipe to try when the cravings hit me

  • Reply
    Suganya
    October 16, 2007

    Adorable photo.

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    Mansi
    October 16, 2007

    5 stars
    Rain is in the air here too! and with all the owrk that you do, u do need some comfort food Meena!!:) hope that dish helped lift off the fog a bit:)

  • Reply
    Padma
    October 16, 2007

    First time to your blog and simply loving it, I liked the neatness in your site. You are a great photographer too! Will keep coming…

    Cheers

    Padma

  • Reply
    meeso
    October 16, 2007

    5 stars
    You made fall sound so pleasant! The chili looks and sounds very comforting πŸ™‚

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    Maninas
    October 16, 2007

    5 stars
    mmmm yummy!

    i’ve had difficult times getting over the fact that the summer is over, and the autumn’s arrived. however, the beauty of foggy mornings and golden and red leaves helps a little. and what you said about the autumn being an excuse for more spicy curries – now that makes me feel better already! πŸ˜€

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