First the pet chickens caught the chili spirit with their *special* chili cornbread birthday cake. Now it seems the pet turtles have developed a case of chili fever. Rock Crab chili anyone?
I’m nothing if I’m not highly distractible, especially at the grocer’s. When the Pirate ferreted the crab out of a pile of “things” near the meat counter, I knew that we “just had” to buy him for the turtles. What had begun as a simple mission to secure a can of coconut milk for our Thai-inspired chili, quickly evolved into something of a neighborhood spectacle, replete with tween-age boys sticking their heads into a bag of smelly dead crab in an effort to prove their mettle. I can’t help but image that building an acute tolerance for the repulsive-smelling will serve them well as they totter their way through years of college living.
To the point—Thai cuisine is absolutely wonderful. The flavors and the textures are unmatched and, without question, Thai food is a household favorite. One of most endearing aspects of Thai cooking is that it tastes elaborate but does not require Rube Goldberg preparation. Oh yeah, a clever cook can deftly morph Thai fare into chili.
¾ pound, boneless, skinless chicken breast
6 oz pork sausage
¼ C chili sauce (from a jar, baby)
1 T chili powder
3 dried New Mexican Chiles, chopped fine and reconstituted in water*
1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk
12 oz dried shell noodles
1 C cilantro, chopped
3 large green onions, chopped
• Reconstitute peppers by adding them to a mug of boiling water and soaking them, covered, for 30 minutes, then drain.
1) Cook noodles according to package directions, drain and set aside
2) Fry chicken and sausage in a pan until cooked through.
3) Add chili sauce, chili powder, chiles, and coconut milk, simmer for 20 minutes.
4) Serve over noodles.
5) Trick this dish out with cilantro and green onions.
Thai food is a slam dunk in Casa de Chili. Each devoted member of the Involuntary Taste Panel loved this recipe. As a bonus, it is simple to prepare. If you’d been hesitant to try a hybrid chili recipe, start here and you won’t be disappointed. The fact is, it’s difficult to find fault in anything bursting chili flavor and the creamy goodness of coconut milk. Enjoy.