The pet chickens again gave in to their botanocidal tendencies and committed another murderous atrocity. This time it was my giant sunflower. It is unclear as to why they take such unabashed joy in bringing death and dismemberment to my favorite plants. The truth certainly didn’t come out during my hour-long chicken interrogation. The hens seem to have worked out some sort of gibberish language by which they are able to communicate with one another while leaving me ignorant and clueless. They successfully used the same tactic when brought them in for questioning after my kiwi tree “had a little mishap”.
Pre came up with the idea of making chicken and sunflower seed chili. I’m not sure how this will help anything, but perhaps upon smelling the charred chicken flesh and roasted sunflower seeds the Gallus assassinus will feel some remorse and consider repentance.
1 T vegetable oil
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cubes
2 T chili powder
1 t cumin
1 t mural of flavor (Penzey’s)
1 t coriander
1 C tomato sauce
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomato
2 large carrots, cut into coins
½ large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
Salt and pepper (to taste)
½ C roasted and salted sunflower seeds
- Fry the chicken and spices in oil until the chicken is cooked through.
- Add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and simmer for one hour.
- While the chili is simmering, broil the vegetables on high for several minutes.
- Remove broiled vegetables and salt and pepper them.
- After the chili has simmered for one hour, add broiled vegetables and sunflower seeds.
As I look out the window, I see no evidence of any heart-felt chicken contrition. On the other hand, the hens aren’t going all “Freddy Krueger” on the raspberry bushes either. I guess it’s a win.
The chili was pretty standard fare. Nothing to complain about but nothing to write home about. I had hoped roasting the vegetables would have added a certain je ne sais quoi to the chili but it didn’t do much for the flavor profile. The chili was a failure in a sense that, although it was pretty good, it didn’t WOW anyone. It was a success in that, at least for today, it has abated the chickens’ propensity for cereal killing.