Guest Post by Dennis Henry of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture
Hello, Dennis here! I am the Licensing Officer for the Indiana Grain Buyers & Warehouse Licensing Agency (a mouthful) and on the Social Media Team with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Our team was tasked with bringing you a favorite recipe and we decided with the cold weather a good Chili recipe would be good. Well I knew right off the bat; I had the recipe to showcase.
I by no means am any gourmet chef, I like simple food that tastes good, is easy to make and has a little different twist to it. I love Chili and from growing up in Michigan I found out there are many different varieties when I moved here to Indiana. It seems that every area of the country has their own way of making this warm and hearty dish. Knowing this, I am always trying out different recipes.
When visiting my Sister on Holiday, we were looking thru some of her Recipe Magazines and I stumbled across this one I am going to share with you. This Buffalo Chicken Chili has become a household favorite, we have even taken the ingredients with us to make during our camping trips one autumn trip. What a wonderful dish to eat around the campfire during the cool autumn camping season. I found that if I chop my vegetables and boiling my chicken breast before we leave and place them in containers, I can whip up a batch in no time.
Ok enough about me, here is my favorite Chili recipe; Buffalo Chicken Chili.
1 Tbs. Canola Oil
2 Ribs Celery, diced
1 large Green Pepper, diced
1 large Onion, diced
2 cloves of Garlic, minced
2 lbs boneless, skinless Chicken Breast, cut into 1” pieces
1 pkg. (1.6 oz.) Buffalo Wings seasoning mix
1 can (14 oz.) diced Tomatoes with Mild Green Chilies
1 can (6oz.) Tomato Paste
1 can (19 oz.) Red Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups Vegetable or Tomato Juice
2 tsp. Frank’s RedHot Sauce
1 cup chopped fresh Cilantro*
1 bottle of your favorite Bleu Cheese salad dressing
I begin by heating the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
Then I added the Celery, Green Pepper and Onion to the pan and sautéed until the vegetables start to soften, at which time I added the Garlic and continued to sauté for a total of about 5 minutes.
I then added the diced Chicken to brown. I add in the Buffalo Seasoning Mix and continue to stir often, to brown all sides of the Chicken.
Once the Chicken has done, I then transfer the mixture to my slow cooker. After this I add the tomatoes with their juice, the tomato paste, beans, vegetable juice and the hot sauce.
I let this slow cook on High for a good two hours or on Low for four to six hours. About ½ hour before you serve, add 2/3 cup of Cilantro. *I prefer this recipe without the Cilantro, so I reserve and let each guest add their own. The more it cooks, the better it gets!