This one is called Chicken and Hominy Chili, but it's not really a chili; to me it's more like chicken soup. However, for this bento I served it over rice and omitted most of the liquid. So I guess it turned out to be more like chili after all. The flavor is a bit mild for my taste, but the kids seemed to like it, and it's a nice change from the tomato-based chili that we usually make. Along with the cilantro and onion-topped chili bowl, this bento contains: satsuma mandarin, a variety of berries, and home-pickled cucumbers and red onions. Both kids are huge fans of the pickled veggies. I have still to try pickling carrots, cauliflower and peppers.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chicken and Hominy Chili Bowl (from Family Circle)
6 large bone-in, skinless chicken thighs 1 tsp salt 1 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (I omitted) 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped (I used red) 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth 15 oz. hominy, drained and rinsed 2 T cornmeal 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped, plus more for serving Tortilla chips and sour cream (optional)
Place chicken in slow cooker and season with salt, cumin, black pepper and oregano. Scatter onion, garlic, celery, jalapeno and green pepper over chicken. Pour broth over top. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir in hominy and cornmeal. Add more spices to taste if needed. Cook on high for 15 minutes. Stir in cilantro, top with tortilla chips, sour cream and more chopped cilantro to serve.
I am a former research scientist turned stay-at-home-mom of 2 who got started with bento in an effort to help my kids learn that eating healthy and nutritious foods can be fun and cute. I make a bento lunch for my 9yo (4th grader) son & my 5yo kindergartener girl every school day, and post the pictures on my sherimiya ♥ flickr photostream. Here in this blog is where I describe each bento, and you'll also get a peek inside our family adventures. Thanks for taking a look, and please let me know what you think ^-^!