This is a Purge Week meal which is when I use what I have in the cabinet and refrigerator to make meals for the week. No grocery shopping except for a few produce items.
These are the items I wanted to use up. Leftover bell pepper, onion, frozen sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and homemade chicken broth. I also had half a pound of ground chicken. I decided to make sweet potato and chicken chili.
1/2 a cup of skinned and diced sweet potatoes
3/4 cup of chopped mushrooms
Green bell pepper
3 cloves of garlic
16 ounces of diced tomatoes
1 can of light kidney beans
1 can of dark kidney beans
10 to 12 ounces of chicken broth ( I used my own Homemade Chicken Bone Broth.)
Extra virgin olive oil
Seasonings: Adjust to your taste
chili powder, sea salt, ground black pepper, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, 2 bay leaves, sea kelp, turmeric, cajun seasoning, chili pepper flakes, basil, oregano, and parsley.
**I also added Chinese Five Spice which is a combination of cinnamon, star anise, fennel, cloves, ginger, licorice, Szechuan peppercorn and white pepper. Just use a small pinch. It goes a long way.
Toppings: Chopped green onion, shredded Colby jack cheese
Drizzle extra virgin olive oil into a large cooking pot and cook chicken until it’s no longer pink. Add bell pepper, garlic, onions and let them cook down and then add sweet potatoes and mushrooms. At this point, I add the seasonings listed above and let them meld into the meat and veggies for a few minutes. Now pour in the diced tomatoes, drained kidney beans, chicken broth, and bay leaves. Blend everything well and turn the heat on medium. Once the chili comes to a boil, stir and turn the heat down to medium low.
I let the chili cook for about ninety minutes to make sure the potatoes were tender and all the flavors came together. If you’re in a hurry, just turn the heat up high and serve when you’re ready.
Add some shredded Colby Jack cheese, chopped green onion, and a little hot sauce on top and this will be heaven. The sweet potatoes balance out the heat of the chili powder. It’s the perfect combination.