Slow cooker chicken chili

Full disclosure: this will be a short post and mostly me raving about how great this recipe from Smitten Kitchen is.  In addition, if I didn’t take advantage of a short post,  I ran the risk of losing momentum and not keeping up the New Year habit of posting.  So quick post here I come…

Woke up at 0550.  I do not like waking up at this time for work. AT. ALL.  10 minutes later after I figured out what day it was, why my eyes were open, and where I was, I got out of bed and remembered I promised myself I would throw this dish in crock pot before leaving for work.  0605 – hot water and apple cider vinegar beverage in hand –  better get moving.

Truly this recipe is easy as it says.  Throw everything in the crock pot and run.  Well, in my case, shower for work and get going.  Why is it when the Today show comes on and I’m not out the door that means I’m late for work?!  It’s just. TOO. EARLY.

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Truth be told, there is some dicing required.  Had I realized or fully thought it through, I would’ve diced the onion and garlic the night before.  Oh well…who doesn’t like a onion induced tear filled morning at 0620?!?!  FYI – my eyes do NOT react well to onions.  I think it’s because they are light colored and more susceptible for some reason and I’m supposed to chew gum or put a chopstick in my mouth or stand on one foot or something to reduce the pain, but it was was too early and never really works anyway.

Toasty whole grain baked tortilla chips, baked with coconut oil!

Toasty whole grain baked tortilla chips, baked with coconut oil!

So onion and tears aside, all the ingredients went in.  I decided to add a few tablespoons of tumeric, because that stuff is good for you and it’s a new year right?!  I also had frozen pork bone broth in the freezer that I used for the liquid, a perfect use for this.  In all the ingredients when, 0630  – I have to shower because now I will be late.  Crazy talk…0630 and I’m late.  Isn’t the rest of the civilized world still in the fetal position asleep at that time?!  Yeah, I thought so. Wah wah.

The minimal results were all worth it.  The recipe calls for this to be cooked for 8-10 hours.  I got home after a work out at 1845, so it was a little more than 10 hours…but all was well and my house hadn’t burned down.  It just smelled delicous and all chili-like!   After cutting up some whole grain tortillas, spraying them with coconut oil spray and baking them for 10 minutes, and serving the delicious chili on a bed of arugula (it was too dark to go out to the garden and forage for tuscan kale even though I know it’s out there somewhere), it was dinner time. And all that minimal effort…totally worth it.  Thanks again Smitten Kitchen!!

Dinner is served! Add greens, onions, sour cream, or other toping of your choice

Dinner is served! Add greens, onions, sour cream, or other toping of your choice

Recipe taken from Smitten Kitchen – http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2016/01/chicken-chili/

 

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