Stretching a Buck

Teddy's favorite thing in the whole world is roasted chicken.  I have been trying to control her allergies by feeding her only organic food so I have been buying her free range chickens which are about 4 times more expensive than ones I could buy at the grocery store. I use every bit of these chickens.  I make stock with the carcass, Teddy gets the white meat and I pull all of the dark meat off and freeze it.  When I have enough frozen, I make something for the kids at the community center.  This summer, I can only cook on Wednesdays because there are 40 kids there then.  On other days, there are close to 100, too many to cook for. I made chicken chili for the kids this week. I made lots of this so I will give you instructions for 1 recipe.  Start by sauteing 1 large diced onion, 1 green pepper and 1 yellow pepper in a few tablespoons of oil.  Add 1/4 cup of flour and cook, stirring, a couple minutes.

Add 4 cups of chicken stock and 2 cups of milk.  Whisk over medium heat until it begins to thicken. I added a couple of bouillon cubes for a richer flavor.
Add 3 tablespoons of chili powder, some black pepper and 3 tsp. of cumin.
Add the chopped chicken from one bird.

Add 1 tsp. of your favorite hot sauce and salt to taste.
Add 2 cans of pinto beans.
Add 2 cans of diced green chili's.  Cook it at a simmer until heated through and add 2 cups of grated Monterey Jack cheese. 
I made 12 quarts so all of the kids can have plenty.  I'll serve it with corn chips too.  Blogspot is giving me fits today with the photos and text.  I have no idea why some of the text came out in blue.

 Here is a pic of my blueberry pie from the other day.  I forgot to show a piece of it after I sliced it.


Anonymous said…
I've never really thought of making chilli with chicken, must try that next time!

Have a great day!

Craig said…
Chicken Chilli sounds wonderful. I shall add it to my recipe folder. Thanks!
Guillaume said…
I'd kill for a slice of a good blueberry pie!
Weekend-Windup said…
You have tried a very good recipe. Seems to be yummy!
My gosh, but that sound wonderful. All the flavors I love. I have to try it. We always have chicken..this is something I can do! Thanks Joyce!
How's the work coming on the house?
Debby said…
I have made something similar. It doesn't look great in the pictures but it tastes good.
You are such a generous person now fixing meals for the children. It's so nice how you switch around your good deads.
God bless you.
The pie looks scrumptious. And the chicken chili sounds like the perfect dish on a cool autumn day. But I bet the kids ate it up in a second.