Chicken Tortilla Soup

Since that darn groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter, I thought it was a perfect time for another homemade soup recipe before Spring hits.  This Chicken Tortilla Soup is so creamy.  It’s a snap to make too since canned soups make up the base.  There’s very little prep and chopping time involved with this one.

You can make this tortilla soup as mild or as hot as you like.  I used mild salsa in mine and it still had a bit of bite to it.  If you like more heat, you can use medium or hot salsa instead.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients:

2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cans cream of celery soup
2 cans cheddar cheese soup
2 (15 oz) cans low sodium chicken broth
15 oz can petite diced tomatoes
1 cup mild salsa
4 & 1/2 oz can green chiles
1/2 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
4 cooked chicken breasts cut into chunks
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1.  In a large stockpot, whisk together the 8 cans of soup until smooth.

2.  Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, salsa, chiles, onion, garlic and chili powder.  Stir until combined.  Bring contents to a boil over medium heat then reduce heat and simmer for about an hour.

3.  Add the cooked chicken and salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer for another 1 hour.  Serve with shredded cheese on top and cilantro if you please.

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

grilled chicken fajitas

Tonight for dinner we grilled up these marinated chicken breasts and made fajitas out of them.  I was interested to see how the chicken marinade would taste since it was based with Italian dressing.  And it was quite tasty.

Once you add the rest of the spices, it really transforms the Italian dressing.  I liked that it wasn’t overwhelmed with dressing flavor.  Just a nice spiced marinade that left the chicken very flavorful and quite moist.

chicken fajitas

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

from Plain Chicken

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Italian dressing
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon chipotle

1 – 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Directions:

1.  In a large Ziploc storage bag, add all ingredients except the chicken.  Seal bag and toss to mix marinade well.  Add chicken, toss again to coat all of the chicken.  Refrigerate bag for 2 or more hours.

2.  Grill chicken.  Remove from grill, rest for 10 minutes.  Slice chicken into strips.  Serve with tortilla shells and desired toppings.

chicken fajitas

Quick and Easy Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas

Looking for a flavor packed dinner but short on time?  No problem, try these easy buffalo chicken enchiladas.  They are spicy and delicious and set your taste buds a dancing!

While you could take the time to cook your own chicken at home, I took a little shortcut by buying an already cooked rotisserie chicken at my local Giant Eagle grocery store.  All you have to do is shred the chicken, whip up the quick sauce and roll these babies up.  But actually I saved even more time by having the hubs shred the chicken while I mixed up the sauce.  Go teamwork!

buffalo chicken enchiladas

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Honey Soy Grilled Chicken Kabobs

honey soy chicken kabobs

Summer is winding down so quickly, I just can’t believe it.  In an effort to squeeze out the last few months of outdoor grilling, I tested out these honey and soy marinated chicken kabobs.

I was worried that the soy sauce would make these terribly salty but I was so glad that it did not.  The sweetness of the honey cuts it nicely and in fact you couldn’t even taste the salt.  The chicken kabobs just have a nice sweet flavor.

honey soy chicken kabobs

We loved this recipe!  It’s nice and simple but letting the chicken soak in the marinade gives it lots of great flavor.  I’ll definitely make these kabobs again!

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