Sunday, May 25, 2014

Easy Chicken Chili #goodcookcom

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This is an accidental recipe that happened one night when I was not in the mood to cook.  One of my daughters was out and about, the other was not hungry, and I could not see heating up the kitchen for just hubby and myself.  It turned out so well that I end up making it the very next night, and hubby was happy because it's not often that I even cook with any type of beans.

Good Cook sent a bunch of us blogger 5 essential cookware items to help promote the Build Your Kitchen Drawer Sweepstakes that starts June 2, 2014.  In exchange for a recipe and my honest review of at least two of the items I received the following:

SMART Ice cream scoop
Flip Measuring spoon
Safe-cut Can Opener
Egg Separator
Pot Clip Holder

After my initial ohhh and ahhh, I kinda scratched my head at what I could make with at least two of these items.  After rummaging through the cupboards, I came up with a quick and easy dinner.

1 can kidney beans (black beans tastes excellent as well)
1 cup favorite chunky salsa
1 cup cooked, shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken leftovers works great)
Ritz crackers (bacon flavor is fantastic by the way)

Open the can of beans and pour into medium sized pot; this includes the liquid in the can.  Add salsa and chicken and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Let simmer for 5-10 minutes to reduce liquid and stir frequently to prevent chili from sticking to pot.  Serve over rice or with some crackers.

I have to say that I was very impressed with the Safe-cut Can opener.  It quickly latched onto the can and turning the handle was not an issue.  It cut the lid cleanly, and because it cuts from the side, the lid did not fall into the can.  I can even lift the lid off the can with the can opener and with just a slight backwards twist over the garbage can, the lid just falls off.

The second item that I used for my recipe was the Pot Clip Holder.  If it were not for the fact that I painted my current spoon rest, It would be tossing it out.  The Pot Clip Holder was so easy to use as it just clips onto the side of the pot and the spoon can hover over the inside of the pot.  No more accidental cross contamination from all the cooking utensils being thrown on the same spoon rest.  No more spoons flopping out of the pot and making a mess.  The Pot Clip Holder has an opening along one side that allows you to slide it in from the side.  This works great for flat utensils, but not so great for the wooden spoons I have.  Thankfully the hole of the holder is large enough for me to slide it and keep my wooden spoons from falling or dripping all over the place.

I am always using measuring spoons, and it never fails that one spoon in a set is misplaced if one of 4 utensil drawers.  Yes, you read that right, I have 4 utensil drawers.  No, I don't have THAT much stuff (OK, maybe I do), but in my defense, three drawers are very skinny, and one is more of a silverware drawer.  Whoever designed the kitchen many, many years ago was not an avid cook, because the drawers have always driven me nuts.  I'm always trying to re-arrange them better, and in the process my girls and even I have a hard time remembering what goes where, so in the end, I just hunt through all of them until I find what I am looking for.  I love that the Flip Measuring Spoon is really four spoons in one.  I may have to hunt through 4 drawers to find it, but when I find it, I know I'm done hunting.  Here are pictures of the current mess my drawers are in.


I've not had a chance to use the Egg Separator and the SMART Ice Cream Scoop, but I have a plum tree that will be ripening up and every year I go nuts making plum ice cream, so at that point, I'll be putting those two items to the test.

I mentioned earlier that Good Cook will soon be launching their Build Your Kitchen Drawer Sweepstakes.  The Sweepstakes on June 2nd and runs through July 14th.   There will be instant prizes along with the chance to win up to 15 items to build your dream kitchen drawer.  Look for this ADD ME button under the items that are included in the sweepstakes.  You can submit a new drawer every day for a chance to win, and while the sweepstakes is running, select items on the site will be 25% off!