If you are one of the folks who dehydrate food to save money, storage space and preserve the wonderful taste of summer, this recipe is for you. The growing season is not quite here where I live but my desire for that home grown taste sure is. Since we dehydrated our green peppers and onions from last year we have the taste and all the goodness ready to reconstitute in a pot of white bean chicken chili.
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/4 cup dehydrated onions
- 14 cup dehydrated green peppers
- 2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons cumin powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 can great northern beans.
To begin, I thaw the chicken breasts and get a stock pot to reconstitute the vegetables. In the 2 cups of water I add the onions, peppers, (you could use fresh vegetables and dice them) and all the spices. I cut the chicken into strips and add them to the boiling liquid. The heat is turned down to a simmer and I put a lid on it and let it go for about 15 minutes. When the chicken is firm to touch I remove it to a plate to rest until it is cool enough to handle. By now the vegetables are back to their re-hydrated state and have imparted their flavor to the broth and the chicken along with the spices
When the chicken is cooled I shred it into bite size pieces and add it back to the broth. I add the whole can of beans with the liquid and everything. This simmers for about 20 minutes. I adjust the liquid because re-hydrating vegetables drinks up quite a bit of it. I also adjust the spices and salt at this time.
Now we are ready to have a delicious lunch before we tackle the preparations for the coming year’s garden. This meal makes our plans clear to grow more onions and peppers. There will also be tomatoes, beans, and all kinds of herbs. All these foods will feed us throughout summer and what we don’t eat we will can and dehydrate to get us through the next winter.
The best part of this chili and most dishes using dehydrated food, no fat is added to get it back to an edible state. All you need is water. A bowl of this chili contains about 4 grams of fat and all of the protein you need for the day. This dish would be great with vegetables sauteed in olive oil but bikini season will be here before we know it!