Friday, November 30, 2012

Berl C's Sassy Chicken Chili and A Friendly Cook Off

The blogosphere is an amazing place. The passion and the creativity of my fellow bloggers and virtual friends inspire me everyday.

We recently hosted a Chili Cook-off at our home. Why? It is a fun way to get your family and friends together to eat and have a good time.

The competition in these gatherings is stiff and I was bellying up to compete to make a respectable showing.  I did not have a personal chili recipe that I could call my own.  I needed a recipe!  My request was thrown out into the blogosphere.  Berl Childers came to my rescue and offered up his personal chili recipe.

This recipe is a creative off the traditional grid version of chili. The chicken breasts are marinated in tequila and seasoning including chillis, then grilled and shredded. The flavor in the chicken breasts really lend the flavor to the chili.  This is a great chili if you are looking for something more unique.

The votes have been submitted- Ready for the count!

The competition was rocking

And the winner is...Drum roll please...

A venison chili prepared by Gil Grignon

2nd place- A Texas style chili prepared by David Williams

And 3 rd Place a contemporary style chili prepared by Dianne Rodriguez

I came in a respectable fourth place. 

Berl C's Sassy Chicken Chili Recipe
Serves A Crowd
Recipe from Berl Childers

3 limes (including zest)
1/2 cup tequila
Red pepper flakes
Garlic, Dehydrated, Chopped
Chiles, Jalapeño Diced
3-16-ounce cans great northern beans, drained
2-lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
1 large onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 (4-ounce) cans green chilies
1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper divided
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
6 cups chicken stock
3 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
Sour cream
Chopped fresh green onions (scallions-freeze dried works well)

1.  Remove fat and tendons from chicken and place chicken breast in a container that can be covered.  Zest one of the limes and sprinkle the lime zest over the chicken breast.  Pour tequila over the chicken and 1 teaspoon cumin and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper.  Sprinkle red pepper flakes, garlic and chopped and diced jalapeno over the chicken and marinate for 3-hours.

2.  Heat olive oil in stock pot and add onion and sauté for about 10 minutes until translucent.  Add garlic, green chiles, cumin, cayenne pepper, and cloves and sauté for 10 minutes.

3.  Add beans and chicken stock and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for one minute while chicken is grilling.

4.  Grill the chicken breast for 5 minutes and pour remaining marinade over the chicken breast on the grill.  Turn the chicken breast and grill the second side for 4 minutes.  Remove the chicken breast from the grill and cut into small bite-sized pieces or shred.

5.  Add the chicken and 1 cup of cheese to the chili and stir until the cheese melts.  Ladle into bowls and serve with remaining cheese, chopped green onions, and sour cream.

Thanks Berl!


Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

The blogging world is amazing I agree, and such fun when you can actually meet up with them. This chilli sound good to me will give it a try, we like spicy. Have a good weekend Diane

From the Kitchen said...

Obviously chili "cookoffs" are not just for Texans! This sounds delicious.


TKW said...

That is awesome! But I cannot believe you came in fourth. Clearly, the judging was rigged. :)

Anonymous said...

I hosted an annual chili cook-off for 8 years. This was the first year we didn't have it and people sure missed it. It's so much fun and yes, the competition is fierce! Your chili looks really good, I must try. I have pinned the recipe :)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wow this really sounds great! Love the grilled chicken addition:@)

berl's stuff said...

Looks like a good time was had by all, I am glad it turned out so well. I am sure you will take first next time.

berl's stuff said...

Looks like a good time was had by all, I am glad it turned out so well. I am sure you will take first next time.

berl's stuff said...

Looks like a good time was had by all, I am glad it turned out so well. I am sure you will take first next time.

berl's stuff said...

Looks like a good time was had by all, I am glad it turned out so well. I am sure you will take first next time.

berl's stuff said...

Looks like a good time was had by all, I am glad it turned out so well. I am sure you will take first next time.

That Girl said...

I need to host a chili cookoff!

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Your recipe looks very delicious, Velva, and your chili cook off sounds like so much fun. I love all the flavors you used in your recipe.

Pierce said...

Looks like a great time - mmmm, chili....

Karen said...

Sounds like fun! We used to have a chili cookoff every year where I used to work.

yummychunklet said...

Ah, chili. I need to make it soon because it's such a classic fall dish!

Chris said...

There is no such thing as a "friendly cooking contest". Oh sure, it all starts out with smiles but ends up in tears (ha ha ha).

Looks like it was a lot of fun and I really like the idea of the grilled chicken chili!

Anonymous said...

What a tasty & appetizing chicken chili! Yummy yum!

A great & lovely dish, Velva!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Now that's a fun contest! I'm not sure how I'd like the venison chili but I'd give your chicken chili a blue ribbon ;)

Angie's Recipes said...

What a fun competition! Your chicken chilli looks delish!

Beth said...

Sounds like a winning recipe. What a great competition!

Big Dude said...

Sounds like a really fun event.

Kitchen Belleicious said...

loving the cookoff- what a great and fun idea! the chili looks amazing

lisa is cooking said...

I'm notorious for always losing chili cookoffs. I need to try this recipe next time! The marinated and grilled chicken sounds great.

Ramona JapaneseRedneck said...

Looks like a lot of fun, plus good eating!

Rita Huneault said...

What a fun post; would have loved to be there. I have been tempted lately to make white chili and here it is; thank you.

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook said...

Looks like a great contest. Have to say, your chili looks like a winner to me. I will be giving it a try, my family loves chili!

Hungry Dog said...

Sounds fun! The recipes all sound good to me. With cold weather, chili is just the ticket.

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

Hello, new follower here and I’d like to invite you to join me at my weekly
Clever Chicks Blog Hop:
I hope you can make it!
Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick

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