Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup in a Slow Cooker


Here we are at the heart of winter…
would love just a bit more snow to be able to get out and enjoy the outdoors,
but if I can't give you that or a warm beach vacation somewhere,
at least I can provide some meal ideas 
which is slow-cooker-easy and oh-soooo-good! 

The inspiration for this soup was found on 
and of course, I changed things up as I went.  

This was made in a slow cooker, 
(because I love to throw everything in one pot in the morning
and feel like I've slaved over it all day)
but could certainly be converted to stove top
by cooking the chicken, 
adding the veggies and simmering to your heart's content.


It certainly doesn't look very pretty getting started, 
but in this vessel you will find
2 chicken breasts
2 cups of chicken broth (I always tend toward thicker soups)
1 can of enchilada sauce
2 cans of black beans (no need to drain for a dish like this)
1 can of green chilies
1 can of diced tomatoes. 


When I got home from work, after 8 hours on low and 
added 16 oz of thawed frozen corn,
it looked something like this. 


Took the chicken breasts out for shredding.


That's a lot of shredded chicken from just 2 breasts. 


While shredding the chicken,
8 oz of low fat cream cheese was added
for the beloved creaminess it brings!


By the time the chicken was returned to the soup,
the cream cheese was melting away. 


And, within minutes, 
the soup was rip-roaring, ready to go! 


Served with some diced avocado and a dash of chili powder,
this soup was gone in no time! 

Wish I would have made a double batch!

**Famous last words!**

RECIPE:

Prep Time: 10 minutes at the beginning and 10 minutes at the end
Cook Time: 8-10 hours on low, 4-6 hours on high

Serves: 6

Ingredients:
2 chicken breasts
2 cups of chicken broth 
1 can of enchilada sauce
2 cans of black beans
1 can of green chilies
1 can of diced tomatoes
16 oz of thawed frozen corn
8 oz of low fat cream cheese

*Garnish
Diced avocado 
Chili powder

Directions:
  • Place chicken, broth, sauce, beans, chilies and tomatoes into pot and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours. 
  • Remove chicken breasts and shred. 
  • Add corn and cream cheese, stir to melt and incorporate. 
  • Return chicken to soup and combine well. 
  • Serve with avocado.