Easy Mid-Week Dinner: Zesty Chicken Soup

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The mid-week dilemma of planning something for dinner can be both challenging and frustrating. Rather than spending money on fast food or slamming together a PB and J. Try this very simple but extremely flavorful and healthy soup that can also be made in a crockpot (see crockpot notes below). I made this soup with medium salsa but you can use mild or hot depending on your tastes. In addition, you can add or vary the ingredients in this soup easily so use your imagination–sliced black olives, green onions, black beans, or stewed tomatoes are just some of the options. Sour cream, corn chips, and green onions would also make great toppings!

Zesty Chicken Soup

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced into 1” cubes

2 cloves garlic, minced

16 oz salsa

4 oz diced green chilli

16 oz cannellini beans

16 oz canned corn

8 oz tomato sauce

32 oz chicken stock

1 bay leaf

1 tsp cumin

2 tsp dried oregano

2-3 big handfuls of fresh spinach

Salt and pepper to taste

Shredded cheddar or parmigiano for garnish

IMG_2767.JPGIn a large stock pot on medium heat, warm the olive oil and sauté the onions until translucent. Add chicken and garlic and continue cooking until browned about four minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, except the spinach. Mix well and bring to a low boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for and hour or so. Taste and season with more salt and pepper, oregano, and cumin, if needed. Just before serving remove from heat and add the spinach. Top each serving with fresh grated cheese.

Crockpot instructions: Cut the chicken into thicker larger slices (approximately 2″). Add all ingredients except the spinach to the crockpot and set on low for 6-8 hours. Add the spinach just before serving.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 6-8

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