we made a last-minute call to the Awesome MIL this weekend, to see if she would be able to play with Baby B while AJ and I had a date to the Husker Game (which was the best comeback i have ever seen!), and she kindly obliged! with her, she brought a Celebrating Home catalog, in which i found a recipe that i just had to try:
Chicken Enchilada Soup
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed (white or dark)
1 (10oz) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup green enchilada sauce
1/2 cup stewed tomatoes, finely diced
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup green pepper, finely diced
1/4 cup onion, chopped
4 T all-purpose flour
1 t chili powder
1 t cumin
1/2 t onion powder
1/8 t cayenne pepper
4 oz shredded cheese
cilantro for garnish
so, you wanna know how i made it. here goes:
i followed the directions to add the chicken broth to a stock pot. and then stirred in the enchilada sauce. yummo!
then i went looking for Boden. he was halfway up the stairs. i retrieved him, attempted to distract him with toys and headed back into the kitchen.
i then used the hand-crank can opener to open a can of green chilies. (you’ll notice that is not a listed ingredient. but, i would recommend it, in hindsight.) then i realized i was trying to open the can upside down. i turned it right-side up, but then needed to open it over the pot since the bottom-that-i-thought-was-the-top had holes poked in it.
then i gave in to their pleas and fed the dogs.
then i opened a can of stewed tomatoes and threw it in the mix.
then i remembered that the directions said to dice the tomatoes finely.
so i grabbed my strainer and got out as many tom’s as i could… and chop, chop, chop.
then i went to get Boden from the top of the stairs.
then i cut up half a large onion, and then half a red pepper, because we had it in our crisper (no wait, AJ put it in the butter cubby on the door. why? i will never know). and i then added a bit of green pepper as well… because we like it like that.
by now the mix was more than boiling, and i still had to add the spices. to the spice rack, i turned…
couldn’t find Onion powder, so i used garlic powder….
as per directions, turn burner to “low”
what’s next? um, i think the chicken.
Pull out the fresh Rotisserie Chicken i got at Sam’s on Saturday (fresh-ish, by now).
go remove Boden from the wine rack area and explain that wine bottles are not our friend, and dropping them to see what sound they make is not the best game we could be playing.
pull chicken from plastic container.
try not to gag.
place chicken back into container as if it belongs there, and to contain goo….
start shredding chicken with my fingers.
add five pieces to stock pot. add one piece to Boden’s open mouth as he stands below me at the stove.
repeat until all chicken (or all of white meat, in my case) is fully incorporated into stock pot, or child’s little bird beak.
realize that I forgot the flour step.
pull out flour from corner cupboard.
spill 1/2 cup flour all over cupboard, cookbooks and various kitchen sundries.
question why i place flour in the back of corner cupboard?
go get dust buster to bust the flour dust.
realize that since soup is now cooking on Low, flour has transformed into little flour balls.
turn burner back to high, and try to wisk in dough balls. still feeding bites of chicken to Bebe.
turn burner back to low.
place Boden in high chair, with even more chicken bites.
add sour cream.
allow to simmer for a wee bit.
add cheese and crushed up tortilla chips to bowl, then ladle in soup, and enjoy.
but try not to burn your tastebuds off… you’re going to need it for this one.
in a word: YUMMO!
so, all you pinterest fans, here’s the camera-phone proof: