Today’s ‘Actually Pretty Healthy’ recipe comes from Chris Carmichael’s Fitness Cookbook, one of my current library books. Chris Carmichael is a cycling coach who coached Lance Armstrong amongst others and this book ‘suggests…recipes…to help everyone achieve fitness, health and weight-loss goals’. Like the sound of that!!!
There are a number of recipes I want to try but I went for this one first as it includes black beans, one of my favourite foods!! In addition to tasting rather nice, black beans help reduce cholesterol and as a result, they help fight heart disease. I like that! I used tinned beans – I once tried to soak and cook my black beans but it took forever and I didn’t like the taste!
The Husband and I really liked the taste of this chili, and the chicken literally fell apart. It wasn’t particularly chili-ish – we would have preferred it a little hotter but if you like a mild, tasty chili, this might be your recipe. If you have kids, they might like it although we let the Dude off this particular dish!!
I also may have started with this one because the directions were so ridiculously easy.
Ingredients (serves 4)
2 chicken breasts cut into 1/2 inch strips
2 cans (8 oz each) black beans (I used one of black beans and one of pinto beans)
2 cups chicken broth (aka stock, UK)
2 cups cool water
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
2 oz tequila (I’m sure you could leave this out and it would still taste good)
1 tbsp cumin seeds, toasted (I just had bog-standard cumin in the cupboard)
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp red chili powder
1 tbsp white distilled vinegar
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Directions. (Wait for it)
Place all the ingredients in a 5 quart (aka BIG) saucepan over a medium heat for 50 mins.
Ta-da!!! That was it. I did the odd spot of stirring and that was basically dinner!! Chris recommends adding chopped coriander/cilantro and 1 tbsp lime juice at the end (I didn’t do that, but wished I had in retrospect).
Try it…this is a good’un. I’m making this again.