Cheater Chicken Soup

Tender chicken, zucchini, spicy broth and fresh condiments. Yum.
Chicken, spicy broth and fresh condiments. Yum.

Although we all like to make fun, sometimes I get Sandra Dee. Well, at least her approach sometimes….especially her appreciation for cocktails. But I digress….

It’s been a helluva week, so I decided to try free delivery from my local grocery.  And, it was awesome. Except for one thing.  Somebody else picked out my meat, specifically chicken breasts.  I got this package of Chernoble Chicken. You know the kind, unnaturally large, boneless, skinless chicken half breasts that weigh almost a pound apiece and will only be edible if stewed? In retrospect, this is probably why they were such a good price. Sigh. But, when life gives you tough chicken, ya gotta make soup.

Problem is, it’s supposed to be 95* today. Fine, crockpot it is! Problem is, Bill can’t have starchy stuff like noodles or potatoes. Fine, zucchini it is! Chicken and zucchini ….. either mexican style or italian style…Fine, mexican style it is!  I’m totally going Sandra Dee on this mofo, tho – I ain’t slicin’ and dicin’ today, dammit.  Well, except for one zucchini. Fine.

I cannot tell you how much I wish I had an avocado right now. That would push this baby into the sublime zone. Maybe tomorrow with the leftovers…..

Cheater Chicken Soup
Serves 6

For the soup
2# shredded chicken (or three of those behemoths, poached and shredded)*, or leftover rotissamat chicken, or…..leftover turkey
1 quart of water
1 Tbsp. chicken base
2 Tbsp. menudo seasoning
1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
½ c. Southwest blend frozen veg mix (the one with onion, chili, corn and black beans)
1 fat zucchini, in ½” dice

For garnish
fresh cilantro leaves
lime wedges
shredded cabbage
avocado slices
mexican oregano
crumbled tortilla chips

1. Set your crockpot to low. Dump in all the soup ingredients.
2. After four or up to six hours, scoop it in to a bowl and serve with chopped cilantro, lime wedges, radish slices and some shredded cabbage.
3. Or, if you can do the carbs, some crumbled up tortilla chips.
4. And, some avocado slices.
You could totally just put in that chicken raw, and add the zucchini after the first two hours. And, you’ll need to scoop the chicken foam off the top. Gross? Yeah, kinda, that’s why I poached mine first.

You could also have this ready in a soup pot on the stove top and simmer for half an hour, just throw everybody in the pool from the get-go.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184
Total Fat 8g
Sodium 91mg
Total Carbohydrates 19g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 3g
Protein 13g

Vitamin C 132%

(edited October 2017 to remove a recipe plug-in and just have the recipe in the post)

Author: Karen Maginnis

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