Mexican Chili with Chicken Dumplings — The Chopped Dinner Challenge

Show: Chopped
Spicy Mexican Stew w Chicken FInger Dumplings

Spicy Mexican Stew w Chicken FInger Dumplings

Photo by: Petrina Tinslay

Petrina Tinslay

Chopped Dinner Challenge The Chopped Dinner Challenge is a new series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchens that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!

On this week's Chopped: Circus Spectacular episode, the competitors found nachos, chicken fingers, candy apples and baby corn in their entree baskets. All three remaining competitors chose to feature the chicken fingers in their dishes with the goal of reimagining the favorite kids' food in an elevated way. This recipe for Spicy Mexican Chili with Chicken Finger Dumplings offers the same exact solution — it turns the chicken fingers into a south-of-the-border comfort food dish that the whole family can enjoy for dinner.

Before starting the stew, puree one of the two cans of pinto beans in the food processor. Next, start the stew by toasting chili powder in a bit of oil, then add a jar of salsa, broth and your pureed pinto beans, which will help thicken the liquid. Then add the remaining can of whole pinto beans with their liquid.

To make the chicken dumplings, start by removing the breading. Soak the meat in milk, and then break it into pieces. Next, add the chicken fingers to the bowl of a food processor along with an egg. Puree the chicken until it is chunky, and then stir in cornstarch to help thicken the mixture. After spooning out the dumplings into the hot broth, cover the pot and let the mixture simmer until the dumplings are cooked through. Then you are ready to serve. Garnish with dollops of sour cream and cilantro. What you get is a comforting Mexican-inspired stew that's perfect for the season.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Halibut with Soppressata and Fennel — The Chopped Dinner Challenge

Take the Chopped Dinner Challenge and make this recipe for dinner tonight. You'll feel like you've become a winning Chopped competitor in your own home.

Simple Chicken Skillet Dinner with a Sweet-and-Salty Twist

Learn how to use grapes in your cooking in this week's Chopped Dinner Challenge.

Competitive Grilling in the Great Outdoors: Ted Allen on the Challenges of Chopped Grill Masters

Host Ted Allen chats about the upcoming Grill Masters tournament, premiering July 14 at 10|9c.

4 Sweet Ways with Carrots — Chopped Junior

Inspired by a Chopped Junior mystery basket ingredient, here are four ways to cook with carrots.

What to Watch: Chopped Champions

Tune in Tuesday, January 15 at 10pm/9c to watch the first round of Food Network's Chopped Champions and find out which chef earns a spot in the finale battle.

Sloppy Joes Get a Mexican Spin

Try cooking these Southwestern Sloppy Joes for dinner tonight as part of the Chopped Dinner Challenge.

QUIZ: Which Chopped Judge Are You?

Take this personality quiz to find out which Chopped judge you're most like.

Chatting with the Chopped Teen Grand Champion

Find out which teen competitor won the Chopped Teen Tournament on Food Network, and earned $25,000 in prize money and a $40,000 scholarship.