2012 - C'est Wot!* (Ethiopian-inspired chicken chili)
Chili Chef: Ellen Morrow

Chili Ingredients

7-8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 pounds?)
1/2 large head of cauliflower, broken into flowerets
3 cups chick peas (soaked and cooked, if from dried)
3 lemons
3/4 teaspoons salt
3 onions
2 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic (4-5 large cloves)
2 1/2 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
2 long red chili peppers, cut in small pieces, seeds and white membrane removed
1 jalapeno pepper cut in small pieces, seeds and white membrane removed
5 teaspoons berbere spice mix (see below)
7/8 cups red grape juice + 3/8 cup red wine vinegar (or substitute 1 1/4 cups red wine)
2 cups no-salt-added chicken broth
3 5-oz cans tomato paste

Chili Instructions

Marinate the chicken in the juice of 2 lemons and 1/2 teaspoon salt for at least 30 minutes.

Heat a large cast iron frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook 5 minutes (not until brown), stirring often. Add butter, berebere, peppers, ginger, and grape juice mix, cook another few minutes.

Transfer to crock pot, add remaining ingredients except lemon, cook on high 4-5 hours. Add lemon to taste near the end.

*Wot is the Ethiopian term for a thick stew, usually served atop injera.

Berbere Ingredients

1 teaspoon ground ginger
(I omitted this, as I was using fresh)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
2 tablespoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground fenugreek
1 1/4 cups cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmet
1/2 cup paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper.

Berbere Instructions

In a heavy saucepan, toast these ground spices together over low heat for 4-5 minutes: cinnamon, ginger (if using), cardamom, coriander, fenugreek, nutmeg, cloves, allspice.

Shake or stir to prevent burning.

Add the remaining ingredients and continue to toast and stir for 10-15 more minutes.

Cool and store tightly in a covered glass jar.


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