Jennifer Garner Made This ‘All-Time Favorite’ Ina Garten Recipe for the Barefoot Contessa’s Birthday

Jennifer Garner found the right way to honor her idol, Ina Garten, on her 2019 birthday – the actress cooked up one of Barefoot Contessa’s “favorite” recipes. Find out what Garner made and the one weird ingredient that Garten uses in the recipe but forgot to add Garner.

Ina Garten on Sunday today with Willie Geist in 2018
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Jennifer Garner cooked up her favorite Barefoot Contessa recipe

In honor of Garten’s birthday (and the Super Bowl), Garner shook one of Barefoot Contessa’s cookbooks, just to find an interesting note stuck on the page for Garten chicken chili: a list for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream corn Grape Nuts. Go figure.

“This is one of my favorite recipes ever,” Garner said of Barefoot Contessa’s unique chili recipe that uses chicken instead of beef.

Garner walked through the steps, first preparing the chicken, eating a “strange amount of onions,” crushing garlic, and chopping pepper and putting the ingredients in a pot with the spices, saying, “Now it smells like chili!”

She also realized she needed a bigger vessel to hold the chili ingredients. “I hope this pot can hold everything,” she said, adding, “Are you asking that too? ”

Once she cut the tomatoes and added them to the pot, Garner realized she needed a bigger pot. “In the game of what is this going to fit in this pot ?,” she said, “No, the answer is. No, I admit it. I’ve lost this game. ” She moved everything to a larger pot, then put the chicken pieces.

“Ina, it’s so good,” Garner said as she tasted it. “Happy birthday. Happy Super Bowl.”

“Super Bowl! If you want to feed a crowd, to make it cheerful (AND keep it healthy) I might humbly recommend Birthday Girl @ inagarten CHICKEN CHILI from #BarefootParties, ”Garner said in the caption. “For an easy vegan version – replace the chicken with a closed can of black beans at the end – yum! The final tasty product is on IGTV. #PretendCookingShow #superbowlsnack #happybirthdayina! ”

Garner forgot the ingredients that Ina Garten did not intend to add

When Garten showed how to do the chicken chili recipe her Contessa barefooted cooking demonstration, she shared why she uses one unexpected ingredient. Garten doesn’t like cilantro, so it replaces basil.

“So most chili have cilantro but I personally hate cilantro so I’m going to substitute basil for it. Giving it a good taste, ”she explained of her presentation.

During an interview with 2017 by Munchies: The PodcastGarten was asked, “Is there anything you hate that you will never find in one of your cookbooks?”

The celebrity chef admitted, “Cilantro. Hate it! ”

“I know people like it, you can add it to the recipe,” she said. “I hate it. For me it’s so strong – and it tastes like soap to me – but it’s so strong that it gets the upper hand over all the other flavors. ”

Apparently Garner didn’t add basil when she made the recipe, as she admitted “I forgot this” in the recipe instructions that accompanied her career.

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