Winter colds have made their way into our home. Even though my teenagers and hubby are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves for the most part, I still feel so sorry for them and want to baby everyone as much as possible. One of my favorite “treatments” for a nasty cold is homemade chicken soup. Although I don’t think it’s been proven, I truly believe there are medicinal properties to be found in a hot bowl of soup.
If nothing else, a bowl of piping hot soup is so comforting.
Since our taste buds seem to lose their power when colds take over I opted out of traditional chicken noodle soup (which is one of our favorites), and decided to get a little creative with a spicy southwestern flavored chicken soup for our supper last night.
It was warm, comforting, and spicy; everything I had hoped for.
And a real hit with the fam.
6 chicken breast, stewed and diced
1 medium red onion, diced
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
1 large tomato, diced
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cartons unsalted chicken stock
**Heat the chicken stock in a large stockpot on medium-high heat on the stove top. Add onion, celery, carrots, tomatoes, & dried spices followed by the diced chicken. Simmer about 20 minutes.
**Dice the avocado and add to the simmering soup, followed the by the juice of one lime (cut into quarters and squeeze) then toss in the juiced pieces.
**Simmer another 10 minutes, then ladle into bowls. Garnish with a lime slice, cilantro and jalapeño (if you want it even more spicy).
I love this recipe for so many reasons; easy, fast (especially if you menu plan & cook your chicken ahead of time), healthy and clean. Nothing processed in this bowl!
Do you have a favorite soup when colds hit your homes?