Monday, April 25, 2011

Mexican Chowder

Easter was absolutely BEAUTIFUL here. The sun was shining and the wind was not blowing. Wahoo! But....BUT....Today was not so great. Cold and rainy and windy. So, soup it was. At this rate, it feels like soup season will NEVER end. Good thing I like soup.If you have crummy weather this week too, give this chowder a try. It is really delicious and even my pickiest eater ate it. VICTORY! One of my girlfriends just created this on a whim one night. Very impressive!

Mexican Chicken Chowder
Tristan Chabot

1 onion chopped 
1-2 green pepper chopped 
6 cloves of garlic pressed
1 stick of butter
2 tblsp olive oil (divided)
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
1 can cream of chicken soup
32 oz chicken broth
2 cans green chillies
1 can diced tomatoes with green chillies
3/4 bag of frozen corn (or a can drained)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
2 limes juiced
2 tblsp chipolte adobo sauce
2 large chicken breasts
sour cream garnish
Mexican blend cheese garnish
tortilla strips garnish
cilantro leaves garnish

Season (with salt pepper and 1 tblsp olive oil) and cook chicken breasts in crock pot on low for about 6 hours(You can cook the chicken any way you want really. Or even get a rotisserie chicken from the store.) When chicken is done, pull them out of crock pot and place on a plate to cool. In a very large pan melt butter and 1 tblsp olive oil add onion, press garlic and green pepper and cook until tender. Stir in flour until all veggies are coated. Then stir in milk. Pour in chicken broth and stir together to combine. Add cream of chicken and stir that to combine. Add green chillies, tomatoes, and corn. Then add chipolte sauce, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Juice 2 limes and stire all together. Bring to a slow boil and then turn burner down. After chicken has cooled, chop/shred the chicken and add to the chowder. Stir to combine. Simmer on low for 15 min. to one hour or whenever you are ready to eat :)
Serve in bowls with cheese, sour cream, chips and fresh cilantro leave for garnish.

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