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13 October 2014

Spirali with chick'n chilli con carne

Some people would say "And so what?! Its just pasta...Nothing special". NO WAY! And I can prove this if you try the next recipe.

There are days when I just have to eat something hot'n'spicy. On one of those days I decided to make a chilli con carne version of pasta with chicken. Chilli con carne (a spanish dish) is usually made of beef and has a lot of variations nowadays. Therefore I thought :"Why not to cook it with chicken?!".
And here is the result of my experiment.

To try this you should prepare:

125g spirali or any other kind of whole wheat pasta of your choice
250g chicken breast, cut into small cubes
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
2 cloves garlic
3/4 cup canned Kidney Beans
1/2 cup canned sweet corn
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp chili powder (or 1 chopped chilli)
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 1/2 cups water
1 tbsp olive oil
fresh parsley and black olives to serve

In one pot boil the needed amount of salted water and cook pasta according to the instructions on the package. Mine was cooked al dente.

Meanwhile heat a saucepan with some olive oil and fry chicken cubes until they are golden all over. Add chopped onion and carrot, reduce the heat and cook for about 4 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, beans and sweet corn, pour water and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat, add the spices and cook another 20-30 minutes. In the end add chopped garlic, mix it all and cover the saucepan with a lid.

Serve spirali al dente with chick'n chilli con carne, some fresh parsley and black olives.

A protein-energy bomb is ready.

By the way did you know that the main benefits of chilli are:*Prevention of cancer spread

*Weight loss assistance
*Anti-bacterial property
*Immunity boost
*Pain relief
*Prevention of diabetes
*Prevention of stomach ulcers 

But remember the main rule - everything in moderation!

I wish you a good'n'spicy day. Take care :)