Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hopped-Up Green Chile Butter Chicken

Our hop plants were a house warming present from our awesome sister-in-law. They are beautiful additions to the yard and in the past we've dry hopped a beer with them, but this year they haven't produced many hops. So, in honor of our wild hop harvesting hike (how's that for some alliteration) we decided to make a hopped butter chicken in the slow cooker so it would be awaiting us upon our return. Here's how you can make it too just in case you come across some hops in the wild or grow your own and are wondering what you can do with them beyond make beer. 

Hopped-Up Green Chile Butter Chicken


Half a stick of butter
4 chicken breasts
4 roasted mild green chilies, chopped or one 4 ounce can  
2 garlic cloves, minced
Rind of one lemon, grated
Juice of half of aforementioned lemon
2 T. fresh oregano or 2 t. dried (Here's an article about how to convert measurements between dried and fresh herbs, in case you were ever wondering about that)
4 fresh hop cones in a tea ball or other sachet (optional, but won't be hoppy without it)
1 c. chicken broth or 1 cup water and 1 t. chicken bouillon
salt and pepper to taste
1 T. corn starch

French fries, spaetzle, mashed potatoes, egg noddles, or other carbohydrate to serve the chicken over. 


1. Combine all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Turn on high for 5 hours or low for 7 hours. 
2. Remove the chicken from the sauce and thicken with cornstarch by bringing to a simmer and whisking in. 
3. Place the carbohydrate of your choice in a bowl, we chose Five Guys French Fries, (you may remember how helpful their fries were for the lobster poutine) and ladle the chicken and sauce over the carb. 
4. Devour.

The taste is delicious, both tangy and creamy. If you have really high alpha acid (i.e. bitter) hops, you might want to reduce how many cones you use. If you aren't sure, but know the variety you planted, check out this guide. If you found them in the wild, you could always try nibbling on one of the cones and see how scrunchy your face gets. Let us know if you give it a try and how it turns out. Or if you have a clever way you like to use hops, other than brewing, we're intrigued to hear. 

As you can see, we didn't get back from our hike when expected and the chicken shredded, but it was still delicious.