My husband would like to eat chili every week in the winter, so I enjoy trying different versions. I was immediately drawn to this recipe because it incorporates poblano chilies, my favorite. I loved the salsa verde shortcut as well. It would be perfect for a Super Bowl feast.
This recipe was adapted from True Comfort: More Than 100 Cozy Recipes Free of Gluten and Refined Sugar by Kristin Cavallari, via Good Morning America.com. I modified the method and proportions. I also topped the chili with crème fraîche instead of cashew crema because poblanos and crème fraîche are one of our ultimate flavor combinations. It offset the heat perfectly. Directions for the cashew crema are included below for a dairy-free version.
Yield: Serves 8
- 1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil
- 2 to 2 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (8 to 10 chicken thighs)
- 2 poblano chiles, seeds removed, chopped
- 1 large white or yellow onion, chopped
- 1 jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed, diced
- 4 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- coarse salt or pink Himalayan salt
- 2 (4-ounce) cans chopped green chiles
- 12 oz jarred salsa verde (I used Trader Joe’s)
- 2 (19-ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 4 cups chicken stock
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 avocado, diced or sliced, for garnish
- crème fraîche, sour cream, or cashew crema (recipe below), for garnish
- thinly sliced scallions, for garnish, optional
- cilantro, for garnish, optional
- Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven set over medium to medium-high heat.
- Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the chicken pieces are browned, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Add the poblanos, onion, and jalapeño, season with salt and pepper, and continue cooking until the onion has softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic, cumin, paprika, oregano, garlic powder, pepper, onion powder and a big pinch of salt. Stir, and cook for 5 minutes, until fragrant.
- Reduce the heat to low and add the canned green chiles, salsa verde, and cannellini beans; cook for 5 minutes, stirring it occasionally to bring the flavors together.
- Bring the heat back up to medium and add the chicken stock. Bring the chili to a simmer, reduce the heat, and let it cook, occasionally stirring it from the bottom to prevent burning, for about 1 hour, or more, until desired thickness is achieved.
- Just before serving, add lime juice; stir to incorporate. Adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper, as needed.
- Garnish each bowl of chili with avocado and a dollop of crème fraîche, sour cream or cashew crema (recipe below). Top with a sprinkle of sliced scallions and/or minced cilantro, as desired.
For the Cashew Crema:
- Place 1 cup of raw cashews in a high-powered blender and add half a cup of water.
- Blend on high speed until the crema is completely smooth, 2 minutes.
Note: The crema will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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Tags: boneless skinless chicken thighs, cannellini beans, cashew crema, chicken, chicken thighs, Chile verde, chili, creme fraiche, dinner, jalapeño, poblano, poblano chilies, salsa verde, smoked paprika, Super Bowl, white chili
Everyone loves meatballs- right? These were a healthyish version packed with cilantro and spinach. We ate them over rice topped with dollops of garlicky Greek yogurt sauce with roasted cauliflower on the side. Yum.
My husband was gifted a meat grinder for Christmas. 🙂 This was the first time he used it, grinding chicken thighs for these full-flavored meatballs. He plans to make burgers with blended meats next. Fancy!
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by David Tanis. I prepared the seasoned meat about 6 hours ahead of time but it can even sit overnight in the refrigerator so that the meat absorbs the seasoning. I baked the meatballs (in the same oven as the roasted cauliflower) and used red pepper flakes instead of a serrano chile. I also added a yogurt sauce for serving. Fantastic.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
For the Meatballs:
- 1 pound spinach, washed
- 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken (I used 5 freshly ground chicken thighs- medium grind)
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (I used the zest from 1/2 lemon)
- pinch of ground cayenne
- pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed fennel seeds (I crushed them using a mortar and pestle)
- pinch of ground cinnamon
- 1 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves and tender stems, plus more for garnish
- 1 serrano chile, with seeds, finely chopped or 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup soft fresh bread crumbs, from about 4 slices of crustless sandwich bread (I used 3 slices of Trader Joe’s Tuscan Pane, crusts removed, pulsed in a food processor)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream, half-and-half, milk, or ricotta cheese
- extra-virgin olive oil, for the baking sheet
- lemon wedges, for serving
- cooked rice, for serving (I served the meatballs over white Basmati rice)
- yogurt sauce (or store-bought tzatziki), for serving (see below)
For the Sauce:
- 1 cup Greek yogurt (I used 2%)
- pinch of ground cumin
- 1 garlic clove, finely grated or pressed through a garlic press
- fresh dill, cilantro or parsley, finely minced, to taste
- freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Blanch the spinach: Plunge leaves a handful at a time into a pot of boiling water. Leave just long enough to wilt, about 30 seconds, scoop out with a spider or slotted spoon and drain in a colander and cool under running water. Repeat until all of the spinach is wilted.
- Remove and squeeze wilted leaves into a ball. I used a potato ricer and squeezed out the excess liquid in batches.
- Using a large knife, roughly chop spinach on a cutting board — you should have about 2 cups.
- Squeeze into a ball again to remove excess water. (This may be done several hours or up to a day in advance and refrigerated.) Again, I used a potato ricer and removed the excess liquid in batches.
- If freshly grinding the chicken, grind into a large bowl using the medium grinding disc.
- Combine the ground chicken, salt, pepper, lemon zest, cayenne, nutmeg, fennel seeds, cinnamon, spinach, cilantro, chile (or red pepper flakes), egg, bread crumbs and cream in a large bowl. Using your clean hands, knead everything together, mixing well. Leave to absorb seasoning for 15 minutes or overnight. (I refrigerated it for about 6 hours.)
- Make the sauce: Combine all of the ingredients and refrigerate for flavors to develop.
- Test for seasoning: Take a small amount and flatten into a thin patty. Quickly cook in a small skillet, about 1 minute per side. Taste, then adjust the mixture’s seasoning if necessary.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, preferably on convection roast.
- Using a large ice cream scoop or spoon, form 19 to 24 rough balls and place on a large plate. (The mixture will be soft.)
- Using a brush, coat a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil.
- Lightly form the meatballs and position them on the prepared baking sheet. Along the long side of the pan, I placed them in rows of 5. (I had 19 meatballs.)
- Bake meatballs until well browned underneath, about 15 minutes. Using a stiff metal spatula, pry up and turn over meatballs (they may want to stick a bit). Bake until browned on second side and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of each one registers at least 160°, about 4 to 5 minutes more.
- Serve over rice garnished with chopped cilantro, if desired. Serve with sauce (or tzatziki) and lemon wedges.
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Tags: baked, chicken, chicken thighs, cilantro, cinnamon, dill, dinner, fennel seed, Greek yogurt, ground chicken, ground turkey, healthy, lemon, meatballs, nutmeg, poultry, sauce, serrano, sheet pan, spinach
More weeknight comfort food! This dish uses rotisserie chicken meat and store-bought gnocchi as shortcuts to create a close match to traditional chicken and dumplings. It was quick to prepare and very tasty.
The recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Alexa Weibel. I incorporated my CSA parsley, leeks, carrots, and collard greens. In addition, this soup could easily gobble up many other vegetables such as frozen peas, fennel, squash, parsnips, or mushrooms. We ate it with a green salad. Great.
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Tags: butternut squash, carrots, chicken, collard greens, dinner, dumplings, fall, fennel, gnocchi, greens, heavy cream, kale, leeks, parsnips, peas, rosemary, rotisserie chicken, soup, squash, stew, thyme, weekday, winter
This dish was a home run in my house. Everyone really enjoyed it. I served it over brown Basmati rice with warm naan and steamed spinach on the side. Perfect weeknight comfort food! It does take a while to cook but it is mostly unattended. Letting the finished dish sit for 20 minutes after cooking allows the flavors to soak into the chicken- perfect.
This recipe is from Desmond Tan and Kate Leahy of Burma Superstar in the San Francisco Bay Area and their book “Burma Superstar,” via The New York Times, adapted by Genevieve Ko. I used Maharajah curry powder and additional garlic. I also had Greek yogurt available to temper the spice.
Yield: 8 servings
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Tags: Asian, boneless skinless chicken thighs, Burma Superstar, chicken, chicken thighs, cilantro, coconut milk, curry, fish sauce, Madras curry, Maharajah curry, paprika, stew, turmeric
This healthy one-pot dish is for fans of greens. 🙂 I thought that it could even work as a dish to serve for a small-scale Thanksgiving feast because it incorporates bread (stuffing), greens (vegetables), and chicken (poultry). It would just need potatoes on the side- which is actually how my husband ate the leftovers. 😉 It was a pre-Thanksgiving meal for us because my crowd prefers a more indulgent feast on the big day. We did end the meal with apple pie bars.
This recipe was adapted from Food and Wine, contributed by Melissa Perello. It was inspired by chef Judy Rodgers’ famous wood-fired roasted chicken at Zuni Café in San Francisco. I kept waiting for chard to appear in my CSA box so that I could make it. This dish gobbled up all of the chard, kale, and beet greens from my share! The capers and golden raisins made the base of the dish extra delicious.
Yield: Serves 4 to 8
- 8 to 10 oz (about 1/2 loaf) day-old peasant bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (I used a pain au levain boule)
- 4 to 6 T extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 T salted capers, rinsed well
- 4 T golden raisins
- 1 1/2 pounds tender fresh greens such as Swiss chard, kale, spinach, or beet greens (the original recipe uses Swiss chard)
- 3 large shallots, thinly sliced
- 6 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 8 skinless bone-in chicken thighs or one 3 1/2 pound chicken, skinned and cut into 8 pieces
- fresh thyme and parsley, for garnish, optional
- Prepare the Greens: If using Swiss Chard: Remove the stems and finely slice or chop; slice leaves in half through the ribs and cut into 2-inch ribbons. If using Kale: Remove ribs and discard; tear leaves in half and slice into 1/2-inch ribbons. If using Spinach or Beet greens: Remove stems and slice leaves into 2-inch ribbons. Wash and spin dry.
- Preheat the oven to 350°, preferably on convection.
- In a large bowl, toss the bread cubes with the olive oil, capers, raisins, prepared greens, shallots, and garlic. Season with salt and black pepper.
- Spread the bread-greens mixture in a large enameled cast-iron casserole. (My pan was almost overflowing!)
- Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and arrange them over the bread. Sprinkle with dried thyme.
- Cover the chicken with a piece of parchment paper and close the casserole with a heavy lid. Bake the chicken for 35 minutes.
- Remove the lid and parchment paper and increase the oven temperature to 400°.
- Bake the chicken for 10 to 15 minutes longer, or until golden on top and cooked through.
- Remove the casserole from the oven and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve the chicken with the bread and greens, garnished with fresh herbs.
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Tags: beet greens, chard, chicken, chicken thighs, croutons, greens, healthy, kale, one-pot, sourdough, spinach, Swiss chard, Thanksgiving, thyme
Oops… I posted the skillet dessert before the skillet dinner. Now you know that I always plan dessert first. 😉
I loved the way this dish was originally described: “The only thing better than a roast chicken and a Caesar salad is a Caesar salad served with a chicken smothered in Caesar dressing and roasted until the garlic, anchovies, and mustard become deeply caramelized and flavorful.” Wow.
This fabulous, full-flavored roast chicken is from Bon Appétit magazine’s “Healthyish” column- one of my favorites. The recipe is by Molly Baz. Plating the carved chicken in the warm skillet kept the meal at a perfect temperature for serving.
For our family, the croutons were the absolute highlight. They brought a “grilled chicken Caesar salad” to the next level. 🙂 I made them using a pain au levain boule from a local bakery. I also incorporated additional romaine in the salad and garnished it with grated Parmesan. We ate the dish with roasted potatoes on the side.
Yield: Serves 4
- 8 anchovies, mashed to a paste
- 8 garlic cloves, finely grated
- 6 T mayonnaise, divided
- 1 T Dijon mustard
- 2 T extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more
- 1 3 ½–4-lb. whole chicken or 4 chicken legs (thigh and drumstick; about 3 lb.)
- Kosher salt
- 8 medium shallots, unpeeled, halved lengthwise
- 1 to 2 lemons, divided
- 1 oz Parmesan, finely grated, plus more for garnish
- 4 oz country-style bread, torn into 1 ½” pieces (I used 1/4-loaf Pain au Levain boule)
- 2 to 3 romaine hearts, leaves separated, torn or sliced (I used 3 Artisan hearts)
- Place a rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 450°, preferably on convection roast.
- Whisk anchovies, garlic, 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon mustard, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1 ½ teaspoons pepper in a small bowl.
- Set aside 1 tablespoon of the anchovy mayo in another small bowl.
- Pat chicken dry; season outside and inside all over with salt.
- Arrange breast side up in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet and tuck wings underneath.
- Arrange shallots around (if using legs, nestle under and around); season with salt and pepper.
- Brush remaining anchovy mayo all over chicken, making sure to get it into the nooks and crannies, then brush shallots with any leftover anchovy mayo.
- Place chicken in oven so legs are facing toward the back (this is the hottest part of the oven and will help the legs cook before the breast dries out) and roast until some anchovy mayo and fat begin to drip onto shallots, about 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and, using tongs, turn shallots to coat in drippings. Return skillet to oven and continue to roast chicken, stirring shallots once or twice, until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of breast registers 155°, about 35–55 minutes. (I used an oven probe.) If skin starts to get too dark on the top before chicken is done, tent area with foil, leaving the rest of the bird exposed. If using chicken legs, start checking at 30 minutes (a thermometer inserted right at the joint should register 160°).
- Transfer chicken and shallots to a cutting board, leaving behind any juices and fat in skillet. If shallots need more time to soften and darken, roast a bit longer without chicken before proceeding. (I did not continue to cook the shallots.) Remove the shallot peels. Reserve skillet.
- Reduce oven temperature to 400°.
- Finely grate half of zest of 1 lemon into a large bowl; cut lemon in half and squeeze in juice.
- Add reserved 1 tablespoon anchovy mayo, remaining 3 tablespoons mayo, and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and whisk to combine, then stir in Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Set dressing aside.
- Add bread to reserved skillet with fat and turn to coat. Return skillet to oven and toast bread, tossing halfway through, until golden brown and crisp, 12–15 minutes.
- Transfer croutons to bowl with reserved dressing. Add romaine and gently toss until lettuce is well coated. Season salad with salt and pepper.
- Slice remaining lemon into wedges.
- Carve chicken and nestle back into skillet or transfer to a platter; arrange shallots and lemon wedges around. Serve the chicken with the salad. Garnish with grated Parmesan, if desired.
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Tags: anchovies, caesar salad, cast iron skillet, chicken, croutons, Dijon, dijon mustard, dinner, dressing, mayonnaise, parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano, roast chicken, romaine, salad, shallots, skillet
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I have another rotisserie chicken dish to share. Rotisserie chicken meat is used as a shortcut to prepare this delicious Middle Eastern dish. I also used store-bought pita chips in the topping. It was very quick to pull together on a weeknight- fast, crowd-pleasing comfort food. 🙂
The topping was the absolute highlight. Quite often, the bread is layered in the base of this dish. This adaptation reverses the sequence in which the finished dish is plated so that the bread and nuts provide a crispy contrast to the brothy base. Great.
The recipe was adapted from everylittlecrumb.com. I used fresh herbs and pita chips in the topping. I also modified the method and proportions and made the lemon-garlic-yogurt sauce ahead of time to heighten the flavors.
Chickpeas and/or roasted eggplant cubes can be substituted for the shredded chicken to make a vegetarian version.
Yield: Serves 6
For the Chicken & Rice:
- 1 rotisserie chicken, skin and bones removed, meat shredded
- 4 cups chicken stock, divided
- 1 cup white rice (I used Aahu Barah Basmati rice)
For the Topping:
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 loaves pita bread, cut into cubes (can substitute store-bought pita chips)
- 2 cups yogurt (I used a combination of whole milk yogurt and fat-free Greek yogurt)
- 2 large garlic cloves, crushed with a garlic press
- 3/4 tsp coarse salt
- freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1/2 lemon, or more, to taste
- 1/4 cup pine nuts or almond slivers, toasted
- 3 to 4 T chopped parsley and/or mint
- olive oil, for drizzling, optional
Prepare the chicken by shredding the rotisserie chicken meat.
In a sauté pan, warm the shredded chicken meat in 2 cups of the chicken stock; keep on low heat until serving so the chicken warms through.
- Cook the rice in the remaining 2 cups of chicken stock.
To Make the Pita Chips: Toast the pita bread in the oven by placing in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet, and drizzling well with olive oil and tossing to combine. Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes or until crispy and golden brown, and set aside. (I substituted store-bought pita chips, broken into cubes.)
Mix together the yogurt with the crushed garlic, salt, and lemon juice. Stir well to combine. (I made this in advance and kept it in the refrigerator.) Adjust the seasoning and amount of lemon juice, to taste, before serving.
Assemble by placing the rice in the base of a deep serving dish. Pour some- or all of- the chicken stock over the top, and scatter the shredded chicken evenly.
Dollop the garlic yogurt on top and smooth out, then top with the crispy pita chips.
Garnish with paprika, chopped parsley and mint, and toasted nuts. Drizzle with olive oil, if desired.
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Tags: almonds, Basmati, chicken, chickpeas, dinner, eggplant, fatteh, Greek yogurt, Middle Eastern, pine nuts, pita chips, rice, rotisserie chicken, sauce, vegetarian, yogurt