Today marks the conclusion of 11 months of chili. Cooking daily and writing daily can be a drag but it certainly beats dating an overenthusiastic amateur proctologist. This I’ve never actually done, but my imagination tells me that it’d be no picnic.
On the subject of picnics, nothing screams picnic like lasagna. Facile in preparation and brisk to the table, no other food travels as easily as lasagna. I jest. If the Involuntary Tasters and I didn’t love lasagna, there is no way I’d put forth the effort and time to make it. Tethering myself to the kitchen for two hours (on a non-brewing day, no less) is no fun frolic in the forest.
Today’s lasagna got the full chili treatment as, at least for the next 31 days, mine is a chili blog. Sporting chili powder, chicken, Anaheim peppers, and special buffalo wing cheese, today’s recipe challenges convention as it pleases palates.
6 lasagna noodles
1 T olive oil
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
2 T chili powder
½ t cumin
½ t coriander
½ C diced white onion
1 Anaheim pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic smashed
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 (26 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
2 C cottage cheese
4 C shredded buffalo wing flavored cheese
Parmesan cheese (to taste)
- Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions.
- Fry chicken and seasonings in oil until the chicken is brown on the outside.
- Add onions, chilies, garlic, and mushroom and continue to fry until chicken is fully cooked.
- Add spaghetti sauce to the chicken and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Fill the bottom of a lasagna pan with one layer of noodles.
- Top noodles with 1 C cottage cheese.
- Top cottage cheese with half of the chicken chili sauce.
- Top chicken chili sauce with 2 C of shredded buffalo wing flavored cheese.
- Repeat the layers.
- Top with parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 375F for 35 minutes.
- Allow to cool 15 minutes before cutting and serving.
The word came down from the ITP meeting room. This was an awesome chili. With a full 6 cups of dairy, a smattering of spices, and a breast of chicken, how could anything possibly have gone wrong? As a lasagna, tonight’s offering worked on many levels. The chicken was a welcome change of pace from ground beef. The chili seasonings provided a spicy undercurrent that complemented the spaghetti sauce. The coup de grace was the buffalo wing cheese. It was an ornate bow around this terrific meal.