This recipe sounds just great !
Though I have a couple of questions if you don't mind.
First : do you have any idea of how much meat you eventually get from a "standard" (roasted) chiken ?
Second : Any replacement idea for the Hot Sauce (fresh chili maybe ?)
In regards to your first question, some rough guidelines for a "standard" roasted chicken size are:
One rotisserie chicken will give you about 4 cups of shredded chicken, both white and dark meat (no skin). The typical chicken translates into about 12 ounces of light meat and 8 ounces of dark meat (no skin), which gives you a total of:
* 1,037 calories
* 166 g protein
* 0 g carbohydrate
* 34 g fat
* 10.4 g saturated fat
* 13.7 g monounsaturated fat
* 8.2 g polyunsaturated fat
* 505 mg cholesterol
* 0 g fiber
* 451 mg sodium (unless some sodium is added to season the chicken before roasting)
* 30% calories from fat
Keep in mind, that there is probably about a +/- 20% error on this, given the different sizes available, and you can easily increase or decrease the amount of chicken for this recipe, though you may need more tomato sauce if you add more.
For the hot sauce replacement, there are many things you could use. Your typical Louisiana hot sauce is very HOT, but you could water it down, or better yet use a salsa of your choice. Even the Heinz chili sauce that comes in a bottle is pretty tame, but tasty. My advice would be to start with less of whatever you use, and add more until you get the heat you are looking for.
Thanks for this very complete answer.
Though for the hot sauce replacement I should say I wasn't as concerned by "heat" than by the fact that hot sauces of any kind are a bit hard to find around here (france that is).
But salsa might be easier to get ...
I think my husband, an engineer and a fan of all things spicy, will love this recipe. For religious reasons I need a substitution for the beer. In most dishes I have used beef broth. I was wondering, since this is a chicken dish, if chicken broth can be used instead of beer.
While beer is a natural product for deglazing (a combination of acid and alcohol), you can most certainly use any liquid with a little more scrubbing effort...like chicken stock or even water.
Wine would also work.
Keep in mind, the alcohol content will be evaporated in the way it is cooked off in this recipe.
Vinegar (a strong acid) also makes a nice deglazing agent, and adds some nice flavor. A nice white wine or champagne vinegar, diluted with some water, would act as a nice deglazing agent for flavor instead of beer in this recipe.
I like the idea of adding pinto beans. Can you help me with the deatails? Canned or fresh, when to add, etc.
Pinto beans would work well, or if you wanted a south western flare you could use black beans as well.
For simplicity, you could just use the pre-cooked beans in a can, and add as many as you wish. If you do this, be sure to drain off that "goo" that the beans are soaked in when they come out of a can (that's nasty stuff!). Just use a strainer to do this. Since canned beans are pre-cooked, you would add them at the very end. You would also have to add some additional tomato sauce and/or water since the beans are starchy and would thicken up the chili (which is already fairly thick).
Or, if your a purist, you could soak the uncooked beans over night, and/or cook them per the instructions they come with, then add them at the end.
I think the black beans would give this chili some nice color contrast.
Been reading this blog for a while and have been using a lot of the information and recipes you've posted. Thanks for all the good work, keep it up!
I'll definitely be trying this recipe out soon and will let you know how it goes!
thanks for the feedback re beans. I especially like the idea of the color contrast with the black beans.
This is SO NOT Buffalo Chicken Chili - You absolutely cannot substitute the hot sauce if you're going to call this "Buffalo" anything. As a matter of fact, it can't be anything other than Frank's Red Hot. You're also missing a fair amount more butter, not for cooking vegetables in, just as part of the sauce. Tomatoes don't belong anywhere near Buffalo sauce. Neither do all those chili spices, coriander, cumin, but I guess without them it wouldn't be chili. Unholy bastardization, xP
Well now hang on there a second Buffalo cowboy... you stated:
>As a matter of fact, you can't use anything other than Frank's Red Hot.
Now scroll up to the recipe, and take a look at the picture that has the Hot Sauce in it. It is in fact "FRANKS RED HOT" (thank you... thank you very much)
My point was that some people may like to use something with less heat. And we can allow that.... can't we?
In regards to the butter, I know what your saying. Authentic buffalo wings are dripping with butter and Franks hot sauce. Ok... my bad. I tried to make this recipe a little more healthy. Give it a try... I think you'll see a good compromise. If not, you can "Paula Dean-ize" your version, and add 4 sticks of butter to your pan.... enjoy. :)
sigh... always a tough guy in the crowd! LOL
I am setting up a chili cook off in my office (also a bunch of engineers)and I found this recipe...can I just throw the finished product into a crock pot to keep it warm all day at the office or would that make all the vegies get mooshy? How did you keep it warm at your office cook-off?
Absolutely delicious, thank you for sharing. We substituted chicken stock for beer, blended the veggies a bit after they were cooked (and the tomatoes prior to their addition) as one of us around here isn't a fan of veggie "chunks", and added a drained can of kidney beans about 5 minutes before finishing. This is now our go-to chili recipe.
A crock pot works just great, that's what I did. Just make sure to give it a good stir from time to time while it is being kept warm.
I recently made this again and added canned black beans (drain the goo from them in the can), and it was really good. I think sweet corn could also be added for color contrast and flavor.
Hi There -
Can you tell me approximately how much one batch of this comes to (e.g., one quart, two quarts)?
Would this work if I threw all the ingredients into a crock pot and slow cooked for several hours? I know I would lose all the yummy browned bits.
Also, is this good reheated? I want to make a big batch the night before a party and then reheat the next day.
Made this exactly like you said and we LOVED it I am in my 20's and was told that every man should know hoe to make a good chilli, I now have my recipe! thank you very much. I am now going back to the kitchen for more.
Your recipe calls for ground chicken but you suggest that you prefer shredded rotisserie chicken. So I just begin the recipe with Step 2, sauteing the vegetables instead Step 1, which is browning the ground chicken. How much flavor is lost without the fond from the browned ground chicken? You kind of wax poetic on how much that fond adds to the dish. Does the wonderful flavor of the rotisserie chicken make up for the relative blandness of the ground chicken but without its fond?
>>rotisserie vs ground chicken
a good question, but not a dead duck simple question, actually.
browning the ground chicken generates flavors - I'd mention the "M reaction" but that often generates more conflict than clarity.
now, rotisserie chicken also has good flavors, but typically only "skin deep" -
in the end, rotisserie chicken is "grilled" on a continuous rotating basis....
so unless one includes the skin, the rotisserie chicken has to potential of being just "baked chicken" - flavor wise. since the skin is a prime source of "fat" and some folks just don't do fat, a goodly portion of the rotisserie'd flavor could get lost.
Seeing a lot of anal-retention here... go figure, how did engineers get that rep?
Chili (by definition) is almost anything that can be thrown in a pot together. Some basics have become necessities by evolution >> Hot Sauce of some kind, meat, chili powder (cumin, coriander, etc.), beans of some kind (I've seen spaghetti in place of the beans [engineering work around]).
Back to point, this recipe is SUPER, even in variation. I've been making chili for years and don't think I've done it the same twice. Such is the case here. A nice touch on the Buffalo side is to use a good Buffalo Wing sauce in addition to/in place of the hot sauce.
Good chili gets better every time it is re-heated. One can never know how good re-heated chili can get as sooner or later...it's gone.
In the never-ending search of the perfect chili! Viva Terlingua!
Wanted to add my praise for the basic framework. A couple notes I've found after making this and variations a few times:
Splitting up the chili powder into chili powder and cayenne pepper adds some nice flavor and decent heat that can be tweaked easily.
Using something other than a white beer like a good doppelbock or Scottish ale adds a lot of flavor and, of course, still does the job. Doppelbock/Scottish ale makes it a bit sweeter and tastes a little more noticeable than a white ale in the end product.
For the guy who complained about the lack of butter - adding just 1-2 Tbs of butter when adding the "sauce" ingredients (tomatoes/Frank's) goes a long way in giving it the buffalo creaminess without adding pounds of fat.
I haven't tested this yet but I think that, when serving, sour cream could be replaced with blue cheese (dressing) to go with the buffalo theme. Off to the store to go buy some good blue cheese...
Great recipe. I've been looking for a good chicken chili recipe and this more than fits the bill.
I made this chili for a neighborhood cookoff. There were about 15 chili's there and this took top honors - the coveted ladle award! People loved it! I added black beans and extra Frank's red hot. I grated a bowl of Dietz & Watson Hot Pepper NY State Cheddar W/ Buffalo Wing Hot Sauce Cheese - perfect topper. Thanks for the recipe and the contribution to my 1st ever chili cookoff win!
Glad y'all are liking this chili, and I appreciate the great comments on additions and changes.
Somebody previosly was asking about the ground chicken versus shredded chicken. I was not trying to recommend one or the other, but I prefer using BOTH as the recipe states. The ground chicken adds some nice flaver and texture when browned up nice, and the shredded chicken adds another layer of chicken flavor and texture. The ratio between these two chicken sources can, of course, be tweaked to your preferences.
One more subtle ingredient you might want to play with, especially if you want to tone down the heat, and that is to add a little molasses!
My husband and I don't like vegetable very much (yea yea shame on us!), so my question is could we just add onions and jalapenos and leave out the bell pepper, carrots, and celery? Would it still taste ok? Do I need to saute the jalapenos with the onions? Thanks so much, it looks delicious.
Made this recently for a "Men who Cook" Fundraiser and it was a hit.
I doubled the recipe and added a can of (drained/rinsed) white and black beans.
It struck me a that one could substitute a BBQ sause for the Buffalo sauce to have a sweeter chili. And that thought got me thinking about substituting Pulled & Ground Pork for a another variation.... I may need to try that!
Thanks for the recipe!
I'd agree that a hearty beer (like the aforementioned witbier or Scottish ale) would add more flavor, but I would highly recommend steering clear of a hoppy beer. I love hops (think Imperial IPA, and that's my game) but cooking hops adds a ton of bitterness and might ruin a dish. I cook a lot with beer, so I'd recommend sticking with the maltier beers. Just my $0.02.
I think this sounds great..I just sent the link to my mom so maybe they'll make it the next time I go home to visit :D
I just made this tonight to try it out and YUMMO!! I am lazy and cheap so I used all ground chicken. I had my neighbor taste test it and she wants the recipe.
I must say that your new anti-spam measures are incompatible with the recommendation in the recipe of drinking a beer while you simmer.
Can you give me a general idea of how many people this recipe can serve?
I haven't tried it yet, but I'm thinking of making it for a party I'm having this weekend.
Serving sizes are almost always posted at the bottom of each recipe just above the recipe summary table(s). Servings given are usually for main courses (recipes will stretch if served as an appetizer). Tony, the author of this recipe, says it will serve 6.
I just want you to know, that I made your chili - with a few variations - for our yearly chili cookoff - and I won!!!
It was awesome. Thanks!
Made this recipe a few weeks back for group of friends at a annual chili party....Everyone absolutely LOVED IT !
I am entering this chili in contest in Canada and I'm pretty sure it's the hands down bring home the trophy chili. I will be making a double batch and want to know if 2 beers should be used since I am doubling everything. Being Canadian doubling the last beer while it simmers is a no brainer. But I not sure about doubling the beer to de-glaze.
the beer is used to deglaze the pan - and then reduced. so 'double the liquid' qty is not needed in the final recipe.
since it's reduced, one presumes the beer 'solids' would add a bit to the flavor, hence one beer only might lack some in that department - but most of the flavor from the deglaze is likely to come off the pan.
I'd deglaze with just one beer....
I'm making this for a chili cookoff tomorrow. I've just found the recipe and have not tried it yet. Any suggestions???? Sounds good and I work with a lot of engineers so maybe this will be the winner. I haven't won for over 10 years (won twice before) so it's my year :lol:
well, perhaps a prototype would have been in order - doesn't sound like you've got time for that.
rather a lot of the nitpick differences between good and 'a winner' boils down to ingredients (hot sauce is not "hot sauce" - they all taste slightly different...) and technique (how browned is browned...)
so basically with no opportunity to "try then adjust" - give a go and good luck!
Thank you for this site and this recipe! I have made many of your recipes, all have been great, but this one totally ROCKED. I used the pinto beans, otherwise, followed it pretty much to the letter and it was AWESOME!! Thank you!
I made this last year and came in 2nd.
I'm making again and hoping for first place ! People LOVED this Chili.
I have also used this recipe and tied for first place in a Chile Cook Off. The one thing I have found that works great in any Chile is the addition of Garbanzo beans (Chic Peas). These beans add a nice contrast to the otherwise mushy texture.
So I made the recipe for a superbowl chili cookoff contest with my friend and this recipe won by a landslide. It is so good with the perfect amout of heat. Love it! Thanks for the recipe and the title Chili Queen ;)
My husband made this the day before we went camping. Reheated it, put it into bread bowls, topped with the sour cream and chives. Our friends have been trying to top it ever since! Excellent Recipe!
I've now made this amazing chili for the last three years. It has not only won my heart but also the hearts of everyone who tastes it. In any chili contest this recipe stands alone. I do substitute and modify some. Franks buffalo sauce is a great substitute for heat. I hope everyone else enjoys!
As engineerstudent mentioned, you want to make sure you use a beer that's not too hoppy. Google 'Beer Styles – IBU Chart' for a good graph of bitterness by beer style. I used a Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen, which is a German smoked beer that has a low IBU and an amazing smoky taste. Highly recommended.