© Ian Knauer
Active Time
45 MIN
Total Time
1 HR 15 MIN
Yield
Serves : 6 to 8

The chili for this casserole can be made 3 days ahead of time. Slideshow: More Casserole Recipes

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Season the chicken with 1 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper.

Step 2    

In a large heavy pot, heat the oil over medium high heat until hot. Brown the chicken, in batches if necessary, turning occasionally with tongs, about 6 minutes per batch. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Add the onion, pepper and garlic to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Stir in the chili powder, cumin and oregano and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until the paste is a few shades darker, about 2 minutes. Stir in the kidney beans with their liquid, the tomatoes and the reserved chicken with any accumulated juices. Simmer the chili until slightly thickened and the chicken is cooked, about 25 minutes.

Step 3    

Season the chili with salt and pepper to taste, then transfer to a 3 quart baking dish. Scatter the cheddar and cornbread evenly over the top of the chili. Bake the casserole until the filling is bubbling and the cheese is melted, about 20 minutes. Serve.

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