One of my favorite things about the fall season is the cool crisp air and the opportunity to make big pots of soup to keep me warm (and full) all week-long. I stumbled upon this recipe on the oh-so-popular media site and immediately had to try it. And when I say immediately, I mean that evening. I switched up the ingredients just slightly as well as the proportions but I’m going to give credit where it is deserved because this soup was fantastic!
Rochelle’s Spicy Chicken Soup
- 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic
- 2 jalapeno peppers
- 1 can of green chiles
- seasonings: Goya all-purpose chicken seasoning, cumin
- 2-3 chicken breasts
- 4-5 red potatoes, chopped chunky-like
- 1-2 zucchini, chopped
- 5-6 carrots, chopped
Fill up your pot about 2/3 full (about 6-8 c) with water and add Goya seasoning, chopped garlic and cumin. Set to bring to boil.
While the water is heating up, you can mix up the other seasoning for the broth. In a food processor, mix the onion, two big handfuls of cilantro, chopped up scallions (I used three stems), 2 jalapeno peppers, and the chiles with the juice. Warning: this mixture is spicy, especially if you are using fresh peppers. If you want to cut back, maybe not include the juice and use only half a can. Personally, I like the kick. When the water is boiling, add this puree to the pot and stir in.
Add the veggies to the mix– and lower to medium-high so they can stew for about 20-25. Check the potatoes- once they are almost done, add the chicken to poach. Once the chicken is almost done, I removed them from the pot to sit for a few moments to cool down and then shredded it. Add it back into the pot to cook through- but not too long because you don’t want the chicken to be over cooked.
Ladle and serve. I topped my bowl of deliciousness with avocado slices and some crushed lime-flavored tortilla chips. If you are looking to skip the processed carbs (the chips), squirt some fresh lime juice on top and enjoy!
This recipe is definitely a keeper in my book.
Speaking of food, I had a lot of tasty treats Sunday while watching the Jets game with a girl friend. It was funny because as she was whipping it all up (and by whipping it up I mean emptying the frozen contents onto baking sheets) she joked, “this is my version of cooking.” I wasn’t judging; we all have those days where anything goes and makes us completely happy. I don’t “splurge” too frequently and can’t stress over the 600 calories in each mini cheddar hot dog; life is too damn short to count calories.
I surely worked up an appetite that morning– I walked in a runway show! To say that I wasn’t a tad bit nervous would be a lie. As some of you have probably noticed or heard my stories, I’ve done a few little jobs in the Capital District recently, and was flattered that they asked me to participate at the Women’s Expo. I was walking for the Fashionably Chic Traveling Boutique– who are awesome to say the least! Their showroom is located in the Peter Harris Plaza in Latham inside the California Closets Store. The pieces that they have in the showroom are unique, super cute, and worth every penny.
Of course I was in great company: my favorite red-head and photographer were backstage looking pretty fabulous themselves.
You might recognize both of these ladies and the vest I wore yesterday from a few teaser images that have been floating around of a shoot we did for the boutique’s website:
I had my mum laughing after this shoot because I was telling her about the short shorts that they had me squeezed into and the size 6 1/2 boots (remind you I’m a 9-9 1/2) I had to walk in, in a field, in front of the camera. It was quite hilarious but I was quite thankful that I can walk on my tippy toes, on cue, for hours on end thanks to the years I walked on my toes as a kiddo. Oh, the bugs were fierce.
I can’t wait to share the chosen photographs for the website once the owner narrows them down– and any that were taken during the Expo. Remember ladies, do one thing a day that scares you: my knees were definitely shaking at one point until I danced off the anticipation. I think one lovely lady called it swagger. Yeah, I think I’ve got that.