Friday, October 14, 2016

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chilli Bowl


Buffalo Chicken Chilli with Rice, corn, beans and cheese
There are few things that are more comforting than bowl food. Something warm that you can carry with you to any room or location is key this time of year when a fuzzy blanket and something good on Netflix is almost a requirement every evening you spend at home.
I love this recipe for any old time, but it would also be great for game day parties too! It's a nice departure from traditional wings, but still packs that familiar punch of buffalo sauce. What I love most about this dish is that it can sit in the crockpot on the warm setting for ages, so it's the kind of food you can put on and leave for people to have seconds and thirds if their hearts desire until it runs out.

buffalo chicken, kidney beans, cheese, cannellini beans and sweet corn

It was an important lesson the day I learned that crockpots are hotter here in the UK than they are in the US. It was Christmas Day our first year here in London when I decided to do my mother's slow cooker turkey breast and I ruined it. For that reason, I am quite wary of posting crockpot recipes, but what's great about this one is that the chicken is already cooked before it goes in. If you're in the USA, you can probably cook this for longer in your slow cooker, but there's no danger of ending up with raw meat, so all you really need to happen is for this to get hot and the cheese to melt.

You really can't mess this up! If you notice it's a little dry, add some more water, some chicken stock or more buffalo sauce... It's really simple to keep this going all day. Also, if you prefer, you can totally use pre-cooked chicken which makes the process a lot faster and easier. My final note on this recipe is to not get too hung up on the measurements... This is just a guide. You can use as much or as little of each ingredient as you like really as long as there's enough liquid to prevent it burning. If you prefer a different type of cheese, go for it. If you'd like to add chopped peppers, that would probably be nice too... This is your roadmap, but please feel free to get creative and use your imagination. 

buffalo chicken chilli recipe

Ingredients
350g of chicken breasts, cut into bitesized pieces
1-2 tablespoons regular olive oil
150ml buffalo wings sauce (I like Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Wings Sauce)
1 can of cannellini beans (or white beans of your choice), drained & rinsed
1 can of red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
200g sweetcorn, drained
1 teaspoon ground cumin
200g cheddar cheese, shredded
White rice for serving (optional)

Method
1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the chicken pieces, stirring occasionally until they are cooked through. When they're fully cooked, add the pieces to your crockpot.

2. Add both types of beans, the corn and the cumin and stir a bit.

3. Pour over the buffalo sauce. If you're using a bottle as suggested above, fill it halfway with water, put the lid on and shake it before pouring it in the crockpot. If you're using homemade, you want about 75ml of water to swish the remains out of your measuring cup.

4. Finish by sprinkling the cheddar cheese over the whole lot. Put the lid on the crockpot and cook on high for 2 hours. If you are cooking for longer, you could do low for 4 hours or simply put the crockpot on warm to keep the chilli hot until you're ready to serve.

5. Cook your chosen white rice according to packet instructions. When you're ready to serve, prepare bowls with the desired amount of rice, topped with the buffalo chicken chilli and serve hot.

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