It was cool this past weekend here in CT and I was not mentally prepared for it. I feel like the cooler temperature came out of no where, maybe because we had a really hot and humid summer. It seemed like it was time to drag out my over sized sweatshirt, which used to belong to my husband. When I first met him about 7 years ago, he used to wear this orange sweatshirt quite often. Once we got to a certain level in our relationship, I “suggested” that he retire that sweatshirt because it had seen better days. He retired it to the back of his closet. Several years ago I grabbed the orange sweatshirt in hopes that it would warm me up quickly. Why I grabbed that one instead of one of my own, I honestly couldn’t say. Guess who wears an orange sweatshirt every winter now? Lol. I found myself wearing it every day in the house. I love this orange sweatshirt because it’s warm and cozy. (Which now that I think about it, may be why my husband didn’t want to retire it.) Worn with a pair of yoga pants, it’s the perfect outfit for at home when I’m cold.
Cold weather not only means that it’s orange sweatshirt time, but it also means that it’s time to start making soups. My first soup recipe this season is this chicken chili soup. It has the flavors of a chili with the consistency of a soup.
Chicken Chili Soup Recipe
(Makes 6 to 8 servings)
- 2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 cup of chopped onion
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 3 (15 ounce) cans small white beans, drained
- 1 (4.5 ounce) can diced green chilies, drained
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- In a skillet, cook the chicken and then set it aside.
- In a large pot over Medium heat, heat the oil and cook the onions until slightly browned.
- Stir in the cooked chicken, chicken broth, white beans, diced green chilies, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, and black pepper.
- Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring periodically.
- Stir in the sour cream.
- Simmer for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
Soups tend to be easy to make. Throw some ingredients in a pot, set the timer, and you’ve got dinner. It’s just like using a slow cooker, but you don’t have to wait as long. There are many soup recipes out there. Have you noticed that? I want my soup to have flavor and this soup has it. It is well seasoned from the onions, green chilies, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, and black pepper. Most of these ingredients are also found in chili recipes so this soup has a chili flair to it. If you like chili or Mexican food then you’ll love this. You may love it even more because it’s pretty healthy too!
This soup is packed with protein and fiber from the chicken and beans. Why didn’t I just call this “chili”? It’s not really a chili at all, but rather a soup that just happens to taste a little like a chili might if you made it with chicken. This is a broth based soup, but the sour cream makes it just a little bit creamy.
You can add a little (or a lot of) heat by adding some Tabasco sauce into your bowl. I tend to prefer a milder heat so I was glad for the option to customize my own bowl to my personal taste.
Like with most soups, bread and crackers are a must have to go with it. My husband said that oyster crackers would be perfect here. I agreed. 🙂 I sprinkled some Monterey Jack shredded cheese on top of the soup because, let’s face it, cheese rules. It’s hard to believe that summer is pretty much over. (As I write this I’ve just lived through a day where it almost hit 100F, so obviously not quite.) Good bye cooking with fresh berries and lemons. Hello, cooking with apples and pumpkins. See ya, iced coffees and howdy, hot coffees and cocoas. Ciao, ice cream…nope, can’t do that one. 😉
With the colder weather upon us this recipe was a great way to kick off the season. Soups are great to warm you up, just like a broken in orange sweatshirt. Now I just need to make sure that my husband doesn’t ask for his sweatshirt back. (Love you, babe!) What’s your favorite soup recipe? What else are you looking forward to making this season?
Adapted from: The Girl Who Ate Everything
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