Pssst – did you know there’s something big happening tomorrow? I think it’s a game of some sort, but all I’ve honed in on at this point is that it’s going to clog my beloved San Francisco roads with traffic and there will be lots of food!
Listen, I’m a huge advocate of enjoying food experiences as they present themselves and not being overly restrictive in the name of “health”. That said, the gorging on huge amounts of processed, questionable ingredients is a bit mystifying to me, even as I do it myself. Like “do I really need to eat thirty of these bright orange, cheese-flavored chips to know that they’re just ok”?
So while you won’t find me listing “all the healthy football recipes you need” because you’re not fooling anyone with that cashew kale dip or carrots cut in the shapes of chips, I do solidly stand behind the strategy of making at least one tasty and healthy thing for your viewing party so you can fill up on that before chasing it down with a reasonable portion of chips, onion dip, and brownie bites. That’s what you’ll find below.
I found a buffalo chicken chili online somewhere ages ago and have made it over and over again, so much so I don’t even know the original recipe or where I found it, to rave reviews. Plus it’s easy and you can throw it in your slow cooker in the morning so you can focus on making your favorite chocolate dipped potato chips (is that a thing people make? I was struggling for an example) in advance of your guests’ arrival.
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 carrots, diced
- 4 stalks celery, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
- 2 cans white beans, drained
- 1 container (4 cups) chicken broth
- 1 bottle buffalo wing sauce
- Crumbled blue cheese
- Sliced scallions (green onions)
- Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Add all of the diced veggies and saute about 5 minutes until starting to soften. Add in chicken, white beans, broth and wing sauce. Set slow cooker for 4-5 hours on regular heat (a couple longer on low or a couple shorter on high). Check for doneness by shredding the chicken apart with forks in the broth.
- Serve with desired toppings.
- Now go forth and eat chili!