How To Cook Southwestern Chicken Chili Soup

25 Jan

Southwestern Chicken Chili SoupWith temps dropping all day, that meant it was a day for soup.  Or chili.  Or maybe both, because I wasn’t sure which to call this dish I threw together for dinner tonight.  I wasn’t even going to blog about this but Alexis liked it so much I changed my mind.

Southwestern Chicken Chili Soup


2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/4 inch wide strips
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp butter, unsalted
1 cup onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 can diced tomatoes and green chile
1 can corn kernals, drained
1 can light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
4 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp roasted cumin
1/4 tsp dried lemon peel

Preheat a large stock pot over medium high heat.
Season chicken with salt and pepper.  
Add butter and oil to pot and brown chicken for 4-5 minutes.  Remove to a plate.
Add the diced onion and saute for 3 minutes.  
Add the garlic and saute for 2 more minutes, stirring occasionally.  
Deglaze the pot with balsamic vinegar.
Return chicken and any juices to the pot.
Add remaining ingredients, bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. 

Avoid crowding the pot when browning chicken.  If you can get all the chicken in with one layer, do it in two batches.
Garnish with crispy fried tortilla strips or masa dumplings.

The onset of darker nights and colder temps cause some folks to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).   I have to admit I am not as enthusiastic about getting out to cook when it’s already dark when I get home from work.  According to the Mayo Clinic, light therapy is a common treatment for combating the effects of SAD.  


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