It’s me again with another super simple week night dinner idea as inspired from a friend’s winning chili recipe last fall. (Next year, I’ll give him a run for his money!) Anyway, it’s spring in Atlanta and yesterday marks what I believe to be the last cold day (fingers crossed), so I decided I wanted to do a chili one last time before we totally switch gears to ice cream and chicken salad and all the other tasty treats that spring and summer bring. That being said, I’m a chicken chili girl myself. That’s my bag. It’s what I like, so I decided I would do a buffalo chicken chili. Here’s what I came up with.
– shredded chicken (I picked up a rotisserie chicken on the way home from work last night and shredded it.)
– buffalo wing sauce
– chicken broth
– bleu cheese crumbles
– 1 can red beans
– 1 can great northern beans (really, you can use whatever beans you feel like using. I usually pick them based on the color I want the chili to be.)
– sour cream
– Doritos (Recently I saw a bag of Doritos that were flavored “buffalo wings dipped in ranch” so I picked that up as a garnish.)
– Once your chicken is shredded, add it to about a cup of broth and a cup of buffalo sauce and let simmer. Add in the cans of beans after draining and let simmer (on medium) together for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. You really don’t have to watch it that much. (Optional: I crushed up some of the buffalo ranch Doritos and added them as well. I saw this tip for an enchilada soup once and find that adding tortilla chips to chili and soups give it a nice texture and work better than flour as a thickener, just a suggestion.)
– Check back in and look at your liquid levels. If it looks like your broth and wing sauce are nonexistent add a little more. Just remember, if you add more, you need to let it simmer more, so the flavors can be absorbed.
– Now, you’re pretty much done. So easy, right? Just garnish with sour cream, bleu cheese crumbles, and a chip and you have a really filling, spicy chili, perfect for any “chilly” night in. (See what I did there?)