Bebop Chicken Chili

One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year was a cookbook named Between Harlem and Heaven by JJ Johnson and Alexander Smalls. I have browsed through it numerous times to find the perfect recipe to cook from it first, and I finally decided on this dish. I can’t even begin to tell you how delicious this is. I tried to have just a few spoonfuls after it was done, and I simply couldn’t stop eating it. I saved a bunch for the next couple of days, and as the ingredients marinated, it only got better. This recipe is a keeper!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 tsp salt, more to taste
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (14.5 oz ) can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven and add the onion. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt and sauté for 3 minutes. Add garlic, bell peppers, and poblano and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the chicken and spread it out on the bottom of the pot. Stir to crumble the chicken as it cooks. After about 3 minutes start adding the spices and herbs and cook for another 3 minutes.

Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Lower the heat to medium and cover the pot. Simmer for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep the bottom from burning. Season to taste!

Bon Appétit!

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Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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