While getting ready for work this morning, the TV was providing background noise. It was left on Bravo from last night and, upon hearing the voice of the ever so caustic Anthony Bourdain, I was coaxed back into the room. It was a repeat of Top Chef and Judge Bourdain was lamenting about the lack of “inspiration” by the contestants. It was then during a commercial break that I discovered that the new season of Top Chef: Chicago is set to premiere on Wednesday the 12th.
One thing I always have in my pantry are organic chicken stock, beans (black or cannelini) and salsa. That way I can always make my favorite Southwestern Chicken Soup.
I have to say that I’m spoiled. When I have tortilla or southwest chicken soup at various places, I always think “mine’s better” because mine is always different each time around and allows for adaptation.
I first got wind of the Southwestern Chicken Soup recipe courtesy of Grown Up Girlie and when I make a batch, I always make sure that there will be extra for lunch or dinner during the week. I adapted the recipe from Real Simple and this recipe kicks butt time and time again…
Southwestern Chicken Soup
(adapted from Real Simple)
- 1 12-ounce jar salsa verde
- 3 cups cooked chicken pieces (1 small deli-counter rotisserie chicken or leftovers)
- 1 15-ounce can cannellini or black beans, drained
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
- Pinch of Cayenne (optional)
- 1 small yellow onion, sauteed
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Tortilla chips (optional)
- Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
- Spritz of lime juice (optional)
- Dice the onion and saute in olive oil.
- Empty the salsa into a large saucepan.
- Cook 2 minutes over medium-high heat, then add the chicken, beans, broth, and, if desired, lime juice, cayenne and cumin.
- Bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Top each bowl with a sprinkling of cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and some tortilla chips (if desired). For a soupier dish, use 4 cups of broth.
Can’t go wrong with Chicken soup when you are looking for a bit of comfort-y goodness. Buon apetito!
I know I’ve had a couple in my time that is tender inside and crispy outside and I think I found the answer.
Sur La Table has a Tuscan Mattone 2 Piece Terra Cotta Press that looks like it could do the job with flying colors. They even have a killer recipe that goes with.
Now, I wonder if this little lovely will help me recreate the Houlihan’s Rosemary Chicken recipe… hmmmm.
[Photo credit: Sur La Table]
My regular readers at All In Stilettos know I had to say that…
Welcome to my new diversion. I figured that a gal needed one outlet solely to devote to all things Cooking, Entertainment and Kitchen related and *poof* Cooking With Stilettos is born. To answer the question – yes, I do at times cook with stilettos (any fetish people tho – get your mind out of the gutter please). I’m a gal who is busy busy busy and I don’t always have time to change before I start cooking. Cooking is my passion and I hope that many share the same love of all things culinary.
I adore anything that is Sur La Table, Williams Sonoma, Food Network, or cooking related. I love my kitchen and I’d like to think that if my kitchen had feelings, it would love me back – unconditionally. Even if I do smoke it up a bit. And clutter it with new goodies. And sing loudly while chopping. Hey, if anything I’ll be brutally honest. It probably would kick me in the pants too, but still – with love.
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