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Double Cheese Pulled Chicken Chili

Double Cheese Pulled Chicken Chili

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My name is Meiko, and I am a chili fanatic. I don’t know what it is about a big warm bowl of chili, but I could literally eat it every day. There are so many versions of chili that I don’t think I could ever get bored of it. I also love it because if you use your leftovers wisely, you could basically dump them in a chili and have an amazing new dish.

As a matter of fact, a few weeks ago, I made a bunch of spaghetti and had a ton of leftover meat sauce. I hate to waste, so I added a few clutch ingredients and magically turned it into chili.  I’m being a bit dramatic because there is clearly no magic involved, but you have to admit the ease and versatility of this dish is pretty awesome.

So I decided to check out this Fiesta Mart store that I’ve driven by a hundred times. I thought maybe a new store would give me so new inspiration, and it worked. This week I made a new recipe I like to call Double Cheese Pulled Chicken Chili. Sounds delicious right? IT IS!

 

I always start my chili with a roux. I know this is not a very common practice, but I think it add deeper flavor and helps to thicken the batch.  I basically heat my oil, add in in flour and toast it until it reaches a caramel brown. Then I literally dump in all the remaining ingredients and let the pot simmer so that all the flavors meld together. I also added cooked chopped chicken, which easily pulled apart as the chili cooked down. Next I added in the LOOOOOOOOVE, which for me is just a code for BRING ON CHEESE.😍 😍 😍

I wanted this chili to be full of LOVE and  extra cheesy, so while at Fiesta Mart I raided their large variety of Borden® Cheese. I narrowed in on Borden® Cheese Finely Shredded Four Cheese Mexican Shreds and Borden® Cheese Mozzarella String Cheese to achieve the, “ooey gooey-ness” that I was looking for. You can find where varieties of Borden® Cheeses are sold nearest to you by using their nifty store locator link.
Ok, so  I chopped up the string cheese into small chunks and submerged them into the batch of chili.

Then, upon serving, I added a healthy helping of the shredded cheese to the top and heated the bowl in the microwave for an extra 35 seconds to get it all melted.

The outcome was this amazing bowl of deliciousness. I’m telling you, this is what food memories are made of; heart-warming bowls of love that you enjoy with your framily (friends + family 😊).  This new recipe is definitely going to be a recurring staple in my chili rotation.

Let me know what your favorite type of chili is below.

Double Cheese Pulled Chicken Chili
 
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Double Cheese Pulled Chicken chili is made with a thick roux base and mix of delicious pulled chicken and ooey gooey chunks of cheese with each bite. This simmering pot of love warms up any occasion, from Game Day to a heartwarming family meal.
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American, Comfort
Serves: 10 - 16 servings
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans dark kidney beans, drained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced jalapeño peppers
  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana style hot sauce
  • 5 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 3½ pounds cooked skinless, chicken, cut into medium chunks
  • 3 Borden® Cheese Mozzarella String Cheese, chopped ½ inch segments
  • 1 (8 oz) pack Borden® Cheese Finely Shredded Four Cheese Mexican Shreds
  • chopped green onion for garnish
Seasoning blend
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the seasoning blend ingredients and set aside.
  2. In a heavy large pot, heat oil on medium. Add in flour and whisk continuously until the flour reaches a caramel brown.
  3. Add in diced onion and bell peppers, and cook while covered for five minutes. Then add in chicken stock, kidney beans, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, canned tomatoes, canned jalapeños, and hot sauce and stir well. Cook covered for 5 minutes.
  4. Use wooden spoon to scrape the bits on the bottom of the pot and stir. Stir in chicken and garlic, and reduce heat to low. Cook for 30 minutes covered.
  5. Add in and submerge chopped mozzarella string cheese evenly spaced throughout the pot of chili. Increase heat to medium and cover the pot to allow the cheese to melt for 7-10 minutes.
  6. Ladle chili into a large bowls and top with a generous portion of Borden® Cheese Finely Shredded Four Cheese Mexican Shreds and green onion. Serve warm.
  7. Note: To get ooey gooey melted cheese on top of chili add bowl to the microwave on high for 20 seconds, then serve.
 

Have you already ditched your food resolution?

Have you already ditched your food resolution?

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WellYesMoment #CollectiveBias

The the other day I ran across startling fact while I was doing my daily exercise (aka walking through Walmart, lol). Researchers estimate that approximately 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. WOW!!! Which basically means most of you reading this right now with a double cheeseburger in your hand when you know you should be eating baked chicken.

But it’s true, most of us do start this the New Year excited for a fresh start and ready to embrace new habits that make us better people. It’s always the same, you enter the New Year with the typical resolutions: lose 15 lbs, become insanely rich, and just be a better person in general, aka stop flicking off the meter-maid when you going through the toll line. 😂 Each year you write down your list, you make a vision board, you recruit accountability partners etc. But many of those goals are fading into the wind by mid-February – enter that double cheeseburger.

Did you know 1 out of 5 resolution lists include losing weight and/or eating healthier making it the most common New Year’s resolution? I’m not surprised because my most challenging resolution every year seems to deal with food, which probably isn’t too much of a surprise considering that I am a food blogger. But honestly, I struggle most with making time to eat or resisting eating at really bad times of the day particularly since I’m moving around non-stop. I’m always looking for ways to satiate my appetite when I’m on the go.

I’m a firm believer that when setting any goal it’s all about being equipped with the right tools to succeed. So I thought I’d share with you a small but effective tip that has been useful for me this year. SNACKING!!!

I find it difficult to avoid accepting that slice of chocolate cake from my coworker when my stomach is hitting my back. Obviously, if you’re hungry, it’s much much harder to resist temptations. I like to keep snacks around me that are rich in fiber and protein yet flavorful and versatile because they help me stay fuller longer.

Sometimes I’ll pack fruits and veggies which is never bad idea, but when I want to break up the monotony or when I crave something more satisfying, I need something else to fill that void.

Price:  $1.98 (prices may vary slightly but look out for a coupon available in Sunday papers on 3/12). You can find the soups in store demos in select nationwide Walmart stores 2/16-2/19.

I had been seeing these new Campbell’s Well Yes!™ soups commercials everywhere and though I’d give them a shot. I tried the Roasted Chicken with Wild Rice Soup and the Sweet Potato Corn Chowder. [Heart eyes] They are made with nutritious ingredients, no artificial colors, flavors or ingredients – and chicken meat raised with NO antibiotics which to me = AWESOMENESS. When we eat food crafted with purposeful and nutritious ingredients, we feel good about ourselves and feel good about prospect of keeping our resolutions in tact.

I also really appreciated that their cans had an easy pop and pull tab which make them perfect to take with me wherever I go. I literally just popped one open (no can opener needed), poured the soup into my heat safe food container, heated it up and boom, it was ready. It’s the simple things.

There are a lot of ways to tackle your New Year’s resolutions but sometimes it just requires one small shift in the right direction. When it comes to food, I have found that smart snacking has helped me say NO to bad eating habits. So, before you reach for that cookie or bag of chips, consider making better choices with lifestyle friendly snacks that will keep your New Year’s resolution in tact.

Black History Month Virtual Potluck Sample Blog Post

Black History Month Virtual Potluck Sample Blog Post

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28 of the best black food bloggers from around the globe have come together to share some of their favorite recipes for what we like to call a Virtual Potluck. From African to Creole, Caribbean to Southern there is something for everybody; with each blogger contributing their very own recipes in a number of categories (Meat Entree, Seafood Entree, Vegetarian Entree, Beverage and Dessert) to share with you each day of Black History Month. Check out and try some of the other amazing recipes from our participating bloggers down below.

 

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH VIRTUAL POTLUCK RECIPES

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  1. Meiko And The Dish | Rosemary Fried Chicken with Serrano Honey
  2. Whisk It Real Gud | Trinidad Oxtail Pelau
  3. Raised on Ramen | Caramelized Plantain Tacos with Pecan-Honey Butter
  4. Dash of Jazz | Aunt Georgia’s Peach Cobbler
  5. Foodie In New York | TBD
  6. The Seasoning Bottle | Jamaican Sorrel/Bissap
  7. Chef Kenneth | Smothered Okra with Shrimp
  8. Savory Spicerack | Po Boys with Cajun Tempura Shrimp
  9. Chocolate For Basil | Groundnut Stew (Peanut Stew)
  10. Simply LaKita | Banana Pudding
  11. My Forking Life | Callaloo and saltfish
  12. Gucci Belly | Swamp Water
  13. Kaluhi’s Kitchen | Ukwaju (Tamarind) marinated spicy chicken thigh
  14. Sweet Savant | Coffee rubbed lamb ribs
  15. Salty Sweet Life | Southern Greens Shakshuka
  16. Drink.Frolic. | Maple roasted Brussels sprouts
  17. I Heart Recipes | Dirty Rice
  18. Jehan Can Cook | Mango Tumeric Smoothie
  19. Margarita’s On The Rocks | Lemon Pepper Fish Tacos w/ Collard Green Slaw
  20. A Soulful Twist | Slow- Cooker Gumbo (Gluten-free)
  21. The Kitchenista Diaries | Coconut Milk Roasted Collard Greens
  22. My Life Runs On Food | Carrot Cake Inspired Waffles
  23. Butter Be Ready | Skillet Cornbread
  24. Domestic Dee | Shrimp Creole
  25. D.M.R. Fine Foods | Curry Chicken Pot Pie
  26. The Inner Gourmet | Lamb Fried Rice
  27. Marisa Moore Nutrition | Recipe TBD
  28. The Hungry Hutch | Blood Orange Corn Cake

FRIED CHICKEN RECIPE

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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Southern
Ingredients
  • Chicken
  • Flour
  • Corn Starch
  • Eggs
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30 Minute Spicy Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs

30 Minute Spicy Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StirUpTheFun #CollectiveBias

I have a new recipe for all my time sensitive friends out there, Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs.

I have one question for you guys. Where does the time go? I mean, seriously! I feel like the older I get the shorter my days are. I wake up in the morning, brush my teeth, blink and then its 5pm. What the heck?!!?

Needless to say I am constantly searching for ways to save time in all areas of my life including the kitchen. When juggling work and my personal life sometimes 30 minutes is all I have to prepare a decent meal. Which often means I’m in the international aisle searching for ingredients that are quick to use but don’t compromise flavor.

This is precisely why I am a big fan of Asian ingredients because of their concentrated flavors. Case in point, last week I was rushing after work to get to a mixer and I felt like my stomach was hitting my back … yes that hungry. So with 40 minutes to spare I grabbed a couple of ingredients from WalMart (Kikkoman® Teriyaki Sauce, Dole® Pineapple Chunks, Minute® Whole Grain Brown) and knocked out this tasty quick dish: 30 Minute Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs .

When I cook Asian at home I like to use Kikkoman brand products because they are major flavor enhancers when you need a quick marinade or sauce. For this recipe I mixed together their teriyaki and sriracha sauces to make a spicy glaze. Next, the addition of sweet tangy Dole Pineapple chunks helped to cut the spicy flavor and was the perfect compliment to the teriyaki. And you know that no kabob is complete without roasted veggies so I added in fresh red onions and red/yellow bell peppers because they tend to be the sweeter varieties and would go well with the other flavors.

Finally to round out the dish I knew I needed to have a starch and rice goes well will kabobs so I tried Minute Whole Grain Brown Rice for the first time and it was delish. It has the same nutritional values as regular long cooking brown rice but ready in just 10 minutes.

Dicing the chicken in large chunks for the kabobs is a great way to cut down the cooking time as well. My kabobs were done in just 18 minutes after getting them into a 475 degree oven. WHOOP WHOOP!

When in a crunch … or whenever, you should definitely give this recipe for Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs a try.

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RECIPE

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30 Minute Spicy Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Kabob
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 wooden skewers "pre-soaked"
  • 11.8 oz Kikkoman® Teriyaki sauce
  • 1½ tablespoons Kikkoman® Sriracha
  • 1 Red onion, large dice
  • 2 Bell peppers, large dice
  • 1 15 oz can Dole® Pineapple, chunks
  • 3 large Chicken breast, large diced
  • 2 tablespoons Kikkoman® lite soy sauce
  • 2 cups of Minute® Rice, cooked
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  2. In a bowl combine teriyaki and sriracha and sit to the side. In a plastic bag add chicken and soy sauce and toss together for 15 seconds. Add 4 tablespoons of teriyaki sriracha mix to chicken and toss together for 15 seconds.
  3. Assemble red onion, pineapple, chicken, pineapple, bell pepper, pineapple, chicken, pineapple, bell pepper, chicken, red onion. Place in oven for 15 minutes. (make sure oven rack is in the middle of oven). Rotate after 7 minutes and baste with teriyaki sriracha mix. Once time is up cut boiler up to high and cook for 3-4 minutes each side.
  4. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  5. In a bowl combine teriyaki and sriracha and sit to the side. In a plastic bag add chicken and soy sauce and toss together for 15 seconds. Add 4 tablespoons of teriyaki sriracha mix to chicken and toss together for 15 seconds.
  6. Assemble red onion, pineapple, chicken, pineapple, bell pepper, pineapple, chicken, pineapple, bell pepper, chicken, red onion. Place in oven for 15 minutes. (make sure oven rack is in the middle of oven). Rotate after 7 minutes and baste with teriyaki sriracha mix. Once time is up cut boiler up to high and cook for 3-4 minutes each side.
Notes
Recommended: In a shallow dish soak skewers in enough water to cover for 30 minutes.
Spicy Coca-Cola Party Wings

Spicy Coca-Cola Party Wings

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #DGUnitedByFootball #CollectiveBias

These crispy oven baked chicken wings are smothered in a sticky, sweet and spicy sauce with 1 surprising ingredient: Cola-Cola! These bad boys are finger licking good and perfect to serve up to your friends on game day.

I grew up in San Diego where a true tailgate meant barbecuing outdoors in front of football stadium. However, while living in the Midwest for the last 5 years I’ve learned very quickly that having a controlled climate indoors to cheer on our team is the much better way to go. Might I say it takes a very special breed of people to gleefully cheer for their team in below zero cold; needless to say I am not that person.

That being said, I’ve grown quite accustomed to having people over for a bit of indoor tailgating. Last weekend I invited a couple of friends over to watch the playoffs. Fortunately this blog is not about the outcome of those games as my heart was broken twice in one day.

Even with not so victorious outcomes we had an amazing spread to cheer us up. To really get everyone in a spirited mood I went to the Dollar General around the corner for some affordable football decorations. While shopping I came across the cutest 6 packs of Coca-Cola in the glass bottles. I was pleasantly surprised because I had no idea you could find those there. Call me crazy but for some reason glass Coco-Cola bottles just makes the drink taste better to me. I know, I know.

Ooooh Oooh Oooh and I can’t forget to tell you that I downloaded the Dollar General app and instantly got a redeemable coupon for my purchase. SCORE!!! So obviously I had to grab a couple of packs of those to share with the crew, you can’t have a tailgate without Coca-Cola. Plus it inspired me to make these deliciously Spicy Coca-Cola Party Wings that are super easy to make.

AWESOME COOKING TIP ALERT: So I started the recipe by tossing my party wings in a light coating of baking powder and seasonings. The baking powder gives oven-baked chicken a nice crispy skin that is perfect for drowning in sauces.

While the chicken baked I made a deliciously sweet and spicy Coca-Cola glaze that I reduced for 25 minutes to get a silky thick sauce.

Once the chicken wings were done I immediately tossed them in the sauce and served them warm. VOILA! The wings were a hit and more than made up for losses that I adamantly said I wouldn’t be talking about but somehow keep bringing up. LOL.

Any who, I’d love to hear how you celebrate game day at home? Leave a comment below and check out inspiration for your game day events here!

Spicy Coca-Cola WIngs Recipe

Spicy Coca-Cola Party Wings
 
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These crispy oven baked chicken wings are smothered in a sticky, sweet and spicy sauce with 1 surprising ingredient: Cola-Cola! These bad boys are finger licking good and perfect to serve up to your friends on game day.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Comfort Food
Serves: 22 wings
Ingredients
  • 4 lbs chicken (drummettes & flats), dried & room temperature
  • 1½ tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • ½ tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Chives
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • !Coca-Cola Glaze
  • 1 cup coca-cola
  • 2 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • ½ cup sweet spicy chilli sauce
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¼ cup worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and preheat oven 450°F. Line inside of a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a wire rack in it. Generously spray it with vegetable spray. Use paper or kitchen towel to dry wings to get the wings as dry as possible. The dryer the wings the crispier the skin. Wings should be room temperature.
  2. In a small bowl mix together well the baking powder, salt, onion powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper with a whisk. In batches, place wings in a separate large bowl, sprinkle with seasoning mixture and toss until evenly coated. Repeat this process until all wings are coated and place on wire rack evenly spread out. Add wings to preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes. Flip wings and continue to cook another 20-25 minutes or until crispy.
  3. While wings are cooking dump glaze ingredients into a medium sauce pan on medium heat. Once the glaze reaches a boil stir consistently for 1 minute. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes and stir occasionally (every 2-3 minutes).
  4. Once chicken wings have reached a crisp golden brown remove from the oven and add wings to an extra large bowl. Pour glaze over the wings and toss and top with chives and red pepper flakes. Serve warm.
Notes
With 4lbs of party wings you should use two baking sheets to ensure that each wing is spaced out on the rack to achieve crispy skin and even cooking.
 

Happy 1 Year Blogiversary

Happy 1 Year Blogiversary

Family we made it!!! And by made it I mean that today is the official blogiversary of MeikoAndTheDish.com. I remember how excited I was to launch the blog last year this time. I had spent several months designing the blog’s features, developing content and strategizing my marketing for the big day. By the time Martin Luther King Day rolled around I was ready to explode and share my baby with the world.

Launching on MLK day was symbolic for me because my declaration became real. I had declared my freedom from corporate America and was finally living out my dream for everyone to see.

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But let’s be clear, this year was F*$KING hard. I encountered so much turmoil oil that many times I felt like I wanted to give up. The reality was I didn’t have to struggle if I didn’t want to. I could go back to collecting a nice cushiony direct deposit every two weeks like most people do. No sense in whining; my path was all my choice. But as I reflected on that choice and the grace and favor I had been given, I knew that it was not my time to throw in the towel. I hadn’t and still haven’t reached my full potential.

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With each setback I was strengthened and empowered to take on the next. I can honestly say that I am more powerful now than I have ever been. This blog has helped me learn more about my strengths and weaknesses than any other challenge in my life. It has helped become more compassionate and discerning. It has helped me find a common thread that connects me with people all over the world. To say I am grateful is an understatement. But if I could find the right word I’d say it a million times. One thing I know for sure, this has been the best decision I’ve ever made in my life and I am better because of it. I hope you are too because I share this milestone with all of you.

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY TEAM GREEDY!