|Alyce’s Turkey-Lentil Crock pot Chili|
|This is my side yard and those tall, bent “trees” are my 100-year old lilacs.|
three-bean chicken chili (with edamame)
- 2 1/2 – 3 pounds boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces, and salted/peppered*
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 3 each red and yellow bell peppers, 1/2-inch dice
- 2 large yellow onions, 1/2-inch dice
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 28-ounce cans chopped tomatoes
- 1 6-ounce can (about 5 tablespoons) tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped or 2 tablespoons dried
- 1 cup each red wine and water
- 1 tablespoon each: Dijon-style mustard and lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 15-ounce can each black and pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup shelled edamame (fresh green soybeans)**
- In a 10-12 quart stockpot, brown chicken in the oil in batches, removing to a large bowl. Set aside.
- Add peppers and onions to pot; cook, stirring 5-10 minutes until softened. Add garlic; cook one minute.
- Pour in tomatoes and stir in tomato paste; add spices. Pour in water, wine and stir in the mustard and lemon juice.
- Season with the salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add reserved chicken, beans, and edamame. Simmer 15 more minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Serve hot with any or all: tortilla chips, chopped onions, chopped avocado, plain yogurt, grated cheese and/or cornbread.
*If you cut your chicken when it’s still partially frozen, it’s much easier. Chicken thighs are luscious, often on sale, and are generally much cheaper than breasts. I think they make better soup or chili.
**Use thawed, frozen edamame if you can’t find fresh.
About Edamame–A Full Protein!
A 1/2-cup serving of shelled edamame contains only 100 calories, with 3 g of unsaturated fat and 8 g of protein. It also provides 4 g of fiber and is a good , copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, thiamin, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K. Edamame doesn’t contain any cholesterol and has very little sodium.