There is just something so comforting about setting up a crock pot to slow cook a favorite dish all day long, especially since you know when you get home from work or get home from running errands, your dish will be piping hot and ready to serve. With this slow cooker green chili chicken soup recipe, you are getting the best of both worlds: Extremely delicious soup with the added ease of using a slow cooker to make your dish absolutely delicious.
Since slow cookers cook your food slowly, you can set this dish up in the morning and leave it on a low setting for up to eight hours. The chicken within this recipe will be perfectly moist and tender, and all your ingredients will have had plenty of time to meld together to make this incredibly delicious soup. You may find yourself wanting a second bowl, and you can just go ahead and do that.
Why Sow Cookers are Awesome
Slow cookers are a staple in most busy households because they require no extra work than initial prepare. You can dump all your ingredients into the slow cooker at once, set it and forget it until it’s time to serve dinner later. This makes slow cookers great, but slow cookers are also great because of how they make foods taste. Foods placed within a slow cooker come out so tender and moist, and all flavors will be perfectly combined. This is why people love to use slow cookers for soups, stews, and chilies. They are just so easy to use and so convenient, especially when trying to plan dinner throughout the hectic week.
So Many Possibilities
Aside from soups and stews, slow cookers can be used to make all sorts of dishes, including main dishes, soups, appetizers and even desserts. With so many great options and choices, it’s no wonder why you will find at least one slow cooker within most households. Slow cookers are also really easy to clean since you’re only using the main basin within the slow cooker which are usually made from stone or ceramic. These are sturdy cookers that can reach super high temperatures and make your food come out absolutely delicious.
Within this slow cooker green chili chicken soup recipe, you will find plenty of protein, fiber, and nutrients. The chicken and beans within this recipe will provide so much fiber and nutritional value, and the added veggies within this recipe is an added bonus. You can easily lighten up this already light recipe by using low fat cream cheese and finding and enchilada sauce that is either sugar or sodium free, or both. You can also find low sodium chicken broth if that is an issue. Otherwise, this recipe written as-is is already really healthy and you can feel not guilt serving it up to your friends and your family members.
As stated above, you can easily find necessary substitutions to make this recipe uniquely yours. For example, if you have little ones and you are worried about the spiciness factor within this recipe, you can swap out or completely omit the green chilies and find a more mild salsa. Keep in mind when it comes to these spicier ingredients, you can easily leave them out completely if you are worried about any spice at all. Instead of salsa, try canned diced tomatoes. You won’t be missing much as the flavor will still be there without any worry of spiciness.
How long should I cook this soup for?
You can either cook this soup on high for up to three hours, or on low for up to seven or eight hours. The choice is really yours. If you’re in a time constraint but still want to use your slow cooker, high is the way to go as this recipe will cook within three hours. If you have time to spare, low settings are the best because they will cook your food all day long so by the time you get home, it will all be ready and waiting for you.
How long will this soup keep in the refrigerator?
This soup will last in the fridge for up to a week. If you’ve made a lot of soup and don’t want to eat leftovers every day, you can easily freeze this soup in individual containers or in a bulk freezer safe container in your freezer. When frozen, this soup should last up to three months in your freezer. When you are ready to eat it again, simply defrost and heat up either on the stove, in the slow cooker on low or even in the microwave.
What would this recipe pair well with?
This recipe would pair well with corn or flour tortillas since it’s a southwest style recipe. You could even have a side salad with this recipe topped with black beans, green chilies, and fire roasted corn to go that extra mile. And, of course, everything must be topped with sour cream and crumbled tortilla chips. So, so good!
What You’ll Need for the green chili chicken soup:
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1 can cannellini beans
- 2 cans black beans
- 4 oz can fire roasted green chilis
- 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
- 1 can green enchilada sauce
- 1 – 2 cups of chicken broth
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 4 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon dry minced onion
- ¾ teaspoon paprika
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Ingredients for Garnish
- Fresh cilantro
- Sour cream
- Pepper jack cheese, shredded
- Avocado, sliced
- Lime, wedged
- Tortillas or tortilla chips
How to prepare the green chili chicken soup:
Step One: combine
Combine all of the ingredients from your list, with the exception of the cream cheese and garnish ingredients, and put them all in a 6-quart slow cooker.
Step Two: cook
Cook on high for 3-5 hours or low for 5-7 hours – low temp works best, so cooking slow is suggested unless you are on a time crunch, then the high setting will work. Ideally, the longer you can cook your recipe, the better!
Step Three: shred chicken
When soup is done, remove the chicken, shred it on a tray or cutting board, then set it aside. You can shred your chicken easily by using two forks or two shredding claws. This step won’t take much time at all when using shredding claws.
Step Four: add cream cheese
Stir or whisk room temperature cream cheese into the pot until a smooth consistency is reached. It’s important that it be softened to avoid large lumps of cream cheese in the soup. Then, add the shredded chicken back in for another 10-15 minutes to get all warmed up.
Step Five: serve and enjoy
Serve immediately with garnish ingredients and enjoy! See how easy that was? And look how beautifully this soup turned out! And with no mess or hassle as it slow cooked throughout the day. This recipe is sure to get attention as it is delicious and so easy to make.