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~Almost-Effortless Chunky Buffalo-Style Chicken Chili~

IMG_8591Culinarily, the power of these two words, Buffalo-style, are not to be underestimated.  What's for dinner? In my family, all I have to do is preface my answer with "Buffalo-style", and, everything and everyone is simpatico.  Buffalo-style.  These two words imply that, in some form, chicken and wing sauce will served.   We eat in-the-style of Buffalo once or twice a month, and, past saying "Buffalo-style", I can't be certain they really care what specific Buffalo-Style dish I'll be serving.  

6a0120a8551282970b0240a49ba23f200dWhat started in 1964 as late-night pub grub at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY,  Deep-Fried Chicken Wings, is now found in many forms.  In my family alone, Nacho Mama's Buffalo Chicken Sheet-Pan Nanchos, Buffalo-Style Shredded Chicken 'n Slaw Sliders, Spicy Blue-Cheesy Buffalo-Style Chicken Dip, Spicy Blue-Cheesy Buffalo-Chicken Quesadillas, Batter-Dipped Buffalo Chicken & Blue Cheese Subs, and, Sweet-and-Savory-Glazed Buffalo-Chicken Meatballs are favorite wing-night or game-day options.

Tonight it's my Buffalo-Style chicken chili I'm making:

IMG_85512  pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins, sliced into bite-sized pieces

3-4  tablespoons vegetable oil

2  tablespoons Frank's RedHot Buffalo-Ranch seasoning blend

1  tablespoon chili powder

1  tablespoon ground cumin

2  teaspoons sea salt

1 1/4  cups peeled and 1/4'-sliced carrots

1 1/4  cups peeled and 1/4"-sliced celery

3/4  cup 1/4"-sliced green onions, white and light green parts only

2  14 1/2-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

2  4-ounce jars fire-roasted diced green chilis

1  cup chicken stock

1/2-3/4-1  cup Frank's RedHot Buffalo wing sauce

2  15 1/2-ounce cans cannellini beans (white kidney beans), drained and rinsed

1  cup blue cheese crumbles, for garnish

tortilla chips for accompaniment

IMG_8553 IMG_8553 IMG_8553 IMG_8553 IMG_8553 IMG_8553~Step 1.  Heat the vegetable oil in the bottom of a wide-bottomed 4-quart stockpot placed over medium- medium-high heat.  Add the chicken, carrots, celery, green onion, Buffalo-Ranch seasoning, chili powder, cumin and salt.  Sauté, using a large spoon to stir almost constantly, until chicken is just cooked through, 6-8 minutes.

IMG_8567 IMG_8567 IMG_8567 IMG_8567~Step 2.  Add and stir in the fire-roasted diced tomatoes and fire-roasted green chilis, followed by the chicken stock and 1/2  cup of the Buffalo wing sauce.  Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer and cook about 6-8 minutes.  Take a taste of the broth.  Add additional wing sauce, in small increments, at your discretion, 1/4-1/2 cup.  For my taste, 1/2 cup is enough, so, I add none.

IMG_8576 IMG_8581 IMG_8581 IMG_8581 IMG_8581~Step 3.  Stir in the cannellini beans and continue to simmer 6-8 minutes. Turn heat off and cover pot.  Allow chili to steep for 30-60 minutes, to allow flavors time to marry.  Ready the garnishes during this time.  Gently reheat the chili, portion into bowls and serve garnished with blue cheese crumbles and a dollop of blue cheese or Ranch dressing or sour cream.

Serve each portion garnished w/a scattering of blue cheese crumbles accompanied by tortilla chips.  Game on:

IMG_8592Got leftovers?  Try my Buffalo-style chicken chili burritios:

IMG_8730Almost-Effortless Chunky Buffalo-Style Chicken Chili:  Recipe yields 3 1/2 quarts/14 cups.

Special Equipment List:  cutting board; chef's knife; vegetable peeler; small colander; wide-bottomed 4-quart stockpot w/lid; large spoon; soup ladle

6a0120a8551282970b01b7c94a4a0b970bCook's Note:  During the Winter months I make chili several ways. My Tex-Mex-style January White-Out Chicken 'n Corn Chili is my "other" chicken chili recipe, which is decidedly different from my Wendy's Copycat Ground-Beef Chili Con Carne, Hatch Green Chile Chili with Pork and White Beans, Steak-My-Day Texas-Style Bowl-of-Red Steak ChiliSlow-Cooker Sweet Potato and Ground-Beef Chili, and, Cincinnati-Style Chili.   

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos Courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2020)


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