SEASONAL OUTDOOR TIPS

  • Cool-season grasses should be mowed at 3″ – 4″during the summer, or as high as your blade will go, while warm-season grasses should be mowed at 2″ – 3″.
  • Mulching grass clippings help keep moisture levels steady.
  • Mow regularly, to prevent cutting more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time.

Recipe of the Month

Hearty Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Hearty Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Total: 4 hrs 15 mins
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 4 hrs
Yield: 8 servings

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
668            17g     75g        55g
Calories     Fat     Carbs     Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy slow cooker chicken chili is relatively light and low-calorie compared to the classic beef or pork chili. Boneless chicken breasts and a variety of canned beans make the chili super easy and convenient. If you prefer to cook the chili on the stovetop, see the tips below the recipe. Feel free to use boneless chicken thighs in the recipe and use the canned beans you have on hand. We used pinto beans and great northern beans, but kidney beans, navy beans, black beans and cannellini beans are all excellent alternatives.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts (about 4 large chicken breast halves)
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced; or 1 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can great northern beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups corn kernels (frozen, thawed)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (heaping)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1 bay leaf

Garnish: sour cream or shredded cheese
Optional: chopped fresh cilantro

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Dice the chicken or cut it into strips. Put the chicken pieces in the slow cooker along with the onion, bell pepper, garlic, drained and rinsed beans, tomatoes and tomato sauce, corn, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Stir to blend ingredients.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour, then cook on low for 3 to 4 hours longer, or until the chicken is cooked and tender. Or cook on high for 3 to 4 hours.
  4. Remove the bay leaf.
  5. Spoon the chili into bowls and garnish with sour cream or shredded cheese, along with chopped fresh cilantro, if desired.
  6. Serve with cornbread, crackers, or crusty bread.

Tips

  • Stovetop: Put ingredients in a large Dutch oven instead of a slow cooker. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 to 2 hours.
  • For thicker chili, add a few tablespoons of cornmeal about 30 minutes before it’s done.

Recipe Variations

  • Other vegetables that may be added include sliced summer squash or zucchini, shredded or julienne-cut carrots, and sliced celery.
  • For a little heat, add a few tablespoons of minced jalapeno pepper or serrano. Or add some crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Use different varieties of canned beans or use cooked dried beans instead.
  • Use part or all boneless chicken thighs in the recipe. Chicken thighs stay tender and juicy in the slow cooker, so they are especially good in this recipe if you will be cooking it longer than the recommended times.

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