Monday, September 5, 2011

Slow-Cooker Summer Chicken Chili

I know I've been kinda MIA lately, but we made it through Hurricane Irene safe & sound!

The worst that happened was that we lost power until Tuesday night, and also had some flooding in our basement. 

Thankfully nothing got ruined except for a few things I unfortunately forgot to take off the floor, and a lot of empty cardboard boxes we were storing for our next move. 

But there was a decent bit of cleanup and a decent bit of me being in a really bad mood over the whole thing.

And... a decent bit of Mr. Vittles being in a bad mood because I was in a bad mood.

So I decided that yesterday I needed to make something nice. 

I haven't made hardly anything in about 2 weeks, let alone any new recipes, but I saw this recipe for Slow Cooker Summer Chicken Chili on Friday evening and knew I had to try it.

Especially before summer is OVER! Can you believe it's Labor Day already?  I have no idea where August went. 

Maybe it got washed away in the storm?

 McLoone's, Asbury Park Boardwalk 8/28/11 - © 2011 Reuters

(This picture was taken right up the street from my house!  As I'm sure you can tell, waves are not supposed to be crashing onto the boardwalk.)

In any case, since the summer to fall transition is nearly upon us, this was actually a dual-season meal - I made a really fun & different fall-flavored cornbread to go with that I think you guys are going to like.  But more on that soon!

Until then - enjoy these final days of summer and have a safe & happy Labor Day!

Slow-Cooker Summer Chicken Chili

  • 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 15-oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 C. frozen corn
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 lbs. tomatoes, diced
  • 3 T. chili powder
  • 1 T. cumin
  • 2 T. oregano
  • 1 t. brown sugar
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 C. white wine
  • 1/2 C. water
  • 2 large, boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 lb. total)
  • optional : shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped cilantro for serving

Combine all ingredients except for the chicken breasts in the basin of a large slow cooker.  Place chicken breasts on top, and cover slow cooker.

Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10.  Remove chicken 30 minutes before serving, and shred using two forks.  Return to chili and stir well.  Adjust seasonings if necessary, then continue cooking.  Serve chili with sour cream, cheese, and/or chopped cilantro if desired.

Recipe Adapted from Back to Her Roots


  1. Wow! Being a west coast girl my fear has always been earthquakes. Can't imagine hurricanes, scary! Glad to hear you experienced little damage.

    The recipe looks fabulous. I discovered the joys of pressure cooking and think I will convert your recipe.

  2. Glad y'all made it through Hurricane Irene.

    Great recipe!

  3. So glad y'all made it through the storms safe! This recipe looks SO great! I think this is something my family would love, thanks for sharing!

  4. I've been in need of a good chili and the slow cooker just makes this one more appealing! In glad everyone is safe and sound and in good spirits! Have a good week.

  5. This looks amazing! Will have to try it soon. Thanks so much for the great recipe :)

  6. sounds tasty. is the chicken cooked or raw?

  7. @allisadeghi Thanks! The chicken goes into the crock pot raw.

  8. It doesn't feel like summer left us - and yet its gone. It didn't feel like Labor day and I'm still waiting for Mother Nature to hit us with one last heat wave.

    I love a crock pot chicken chili and this sounds great! Summer may be gone, but I am happy to bond with my crock pot again.

  9. i liked the above post and i need to buy one cooker
    prestige cooker


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