Thursday, December 30, 2010

Southwestern Chicken Soup

I LOVE making soup in the winter. It is just so hearty, warm, filling, and healthy! I make it pretty often (and by "pretty often" I mean Nick is probably sick and tired of it!), but I have so many recipes that I like such as this one and this one that I don't try all that many new ones. I am really glad I tried this one as it will probably go into the regular rotation :) It is slightly spicy from the jalepeno but not at all too hot (you could add more if you really want spicy), and the sweetness of corn was a great addition! It is also great for feeding a crowd. I tripled the recipe below for our community group, and I think everyone liked it :) The recipe is from Cooking Light, but I made a few changes which are reflected below. 
 Southwestern Chicken Soup (adapted from Cooking Light)
Serves 4
  • Cooking spray
  • 1  cup  diced onion
  • 2/3  cup diced green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1  jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1  pound of chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2  cups  fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2  teaspoons  chili powder
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1  (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1  (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1  cup  diced avocado
  • 1 cup of frozen sweet corn
1. Heat a small nonstick Dutch oven over medium-heat. 
2. Coat pan with cooking spray or a little olive oil. 
3. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapeño to pan; sauté for 2 minutes. 
4. Add chicken; cook 3-5 minutes. 
5. Add broth and next 6 ingredients (through tomatoes); bring to a boil. Partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer until chicken is done, stirring occasionally.
6. Add corn and cook until corn has thawed.
7. Remove from heat. 
8. Serve with avocado.


  1. mmm, who doesn't love soup! I need some new recipes to try out this year - thank you!

  2. This has been on my list of things to make for a while now and you made it look even more appealing to me. Yum!!