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Chicken and Red Bean Chili

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Ingredients:

  • 2 (14 oz) cans red beans, small or kidney beans
  • 4 boneless chicken breast halves, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (28 oz) can tomatoes
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 (4 oz) can chopped green chile peppers,
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)

Preparation:

In 5-quart Dutch oven or kettle over high heat, in 1 tablespoons hot olive oil, cook chicken until tender, stirring frequently, about 2 to 3 minutes. With slotted spoon, remove chicken to bowl; refrigerate until ready to add back to chili. Add butter to the same pan over medium heat; cook green and red peppers, onion, and garlic until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in chili powder and cumin; cook 1 minute. Stir in kidney beans with their liquid, tomatoes with their liquid, tomato paste, green chile peppers, water, sugar, and ground red pepper; over high heat, heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; simmer, uncovered, for about 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chicken and heat thoroughly.
Serves 8.

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