Friday, December 10, 2010

rotisserie chicken soup and chicken salad sandwich

A friend told me about this soup she made for her mom's birthday. When she gave me a copy of the recipe, it looked very familiar. I noticed it was from Parents magazine, so I thought I might have seen this recipe. I came home and rummaged through my binder of ripped out recipes, and found it. It is so good. I wish I had made it sooner.
I altered it a little bit to suit my family's needs. The original recipe called for shrimp, but Jesse especially is not a fan, so I used rotisserie chicken instead. I don't have exact measurements, but this is kind of what I do:

*Start by sauteing one finely chopped onion in a bit of oil (I use about a tablespoon of olive oil and about a tablespoon of butter) in a soup pot over medium heat. Saute them for about 5 minutes; until the onion is caramelized.

*Then, add one finely chopped garlic and saute them together for another minute or so.

*Then, add about a cup and a half or so of salsa and a can (16 oz. I believe) of diced tomato until both are warm.

*Then, add "chicken stock" (I add about a gallon of water, chicken bouillon, and salt to taste).

*While waiting for the water to come to a boil, begin shredding a store bought whole rotisserie chicken. When the soup comes to a full boil, I add shredded chicken and corn kernels. My family loves corn, so I use a lot in my soup (about 32 oz.).

*Allow it to simmer for about 15 minutes.

*Add finely chopped cilantro and avocado for those who like it (my little ones don't and I am happy not to share avocado as I love it.) I also serve the soup with tortilla chips.

You can't go wrong with this one. I've made several times already...

I love trying new recipes. My plan is to try a new recipe once a week. Spaghetti, lentil soup, grilled chicken enchiladas, bean tostadas, chicken soup, chili beans, and all of those other things I make regularly get boring. Do you have staples at your house, too?

I found another tasty recipe from Ina Garten, and would like to pass it along. It is hands down the tastiest chicken salad sandwich I've ever tasted (and made):


  1. I'm buried up to my eyeballs in craft supplies, office supplies and clutter. I've been going through everything to make room for baby. :)

    Love the magazine idea! I usually just wind up getting tired of mine and throw them away or donate them.

  2. I know exactly what you mean Jessica about the magazines piling up. For many, many years now I've been doing something with my favorite decorating magazines that most people would probably think is a bit over the top and possibly a bit eccentric, but it's become a favorite hobby of mine and one that I often spend hours at a time doing. Besides tearing out my favorite pages from decorating magazines to save for inspiration, I took it quite few steps further and turned mine in full fledged "Decorating Scrapbooks", going so far as to cut out all sorts of bits and pieces from the magazines and using them to create pretty pages in my scrapbooks. I've even blogged about it several times in the past. If you're interested in reading a bit more about my eccentric hobby, check out my blog archives for posts from 11/5/08 and 5/3/10 and you'll see just how far I've taken it. Would love to hear your feedback on my scrapbooks. Maybe I will have inspired you some with my ideas.