Saturday, February 15, 2014

Chicken Enchilada Soup

This recipe is from the "Our best bites" website and modified by myself to make it healthier and with some extra veggies included as well. But don't worry I promise you won't notice the veggies and this is a crowed pleaser!

2 tbsp grape seed oil (can use olive oil)
1/2 medium onion, chopped
5-6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3/4 chopped cauliflower
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 heaping teaspoon cumin
1 heaping teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
6 cups chicken broth
1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes, divided (use rotel with green chili's if you want your soup to have a kick!)
1 cup water
5-6 6″ yellow corn tortillas
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Shredded breast meat from 1 medium rotisserie chicken (I just used shredded chicken breast)
2 tbsp coconut milk
1/2 cup greek yogurt
In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of grape seed oil over medium heat. When hot, add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, bell pepper, cauliflower, and saute until fragrant and the vegetables are tender.

While the vegetables are cooking, combine the chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, and smoked paprika. When the vegetables are tender, add the spices and stir to combine. add the chicken broth, 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, and water and then blend until smooth using an immersion blender (you can also it in batches in a regular blender). Bring to a boil and tear the tortillas and add them to the soup (6 will be pretty thick, it just depends on personal preference). Cover and turn the heat down to low and simmer 30-45 minutes or until the tortillas are breaking apart. Remove from heat. Whip out your immersion blender again and blend until smooth. Add the remaining tomatoes, the shredded chicken breast meat, yogurt and coconut milk and stir until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Makes 8 servings.

Slow Cooker Instructions:
After sautéing the vegetables, add them to your slow cooker and add the spices. Stir to combine. Blend with the chicken broth and 1/2 cup of tomatoes until smooth, either with an immersion blender or in a traditional blender. Add water  and torn tortillas and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. If necessary, blend again. Add the remaining diced tomatoes, shredded chicken breast, yogurt and coconut milk, stir to combine, and serve immediately.

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