Comfy Essentials: Spicy Cheesy Chicken Soup

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Andy Anderson !

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This is a wonderful cold/snowy/gloomy type of dish. It has all the ingredients to classify it as bona-fide comfort food, and there is a good chance that you will have what you need to get the job done, right there in your very own pantry.

Have some fun with it... experiment... and make it your own.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

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Serves:
2
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
25 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • PLAN/PURCHASE

  • 1 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 1 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 medium
    yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 c
    chicken stock, not broth
  • 2 medium
    carrots, peeled and cut into rounds, 1/2-inch (1.3cm) thick
  • 1 medium
    russet potato cubed, peeling optional
  • 1/4 c
    green peas, frozen is fine
  • 2 oz
    diced green chilies, i prefer hatch brand
  • 1 1/2 c
    cooked chicken, cubed, i prefer thigh meat
  • 1/2 tsp
    cajun or creole spice, hot or mild, your choice, i prefer, tony chachere’s
  • 1/4 tsp
    white pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp
    flour, all-purpose variety
  • 1/2 c
    whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 oz
    cream cheese, softened, and cut into chunks

How to Make Comfy Essentials: Spicy Cheesy Chicken Soup

Step-by-Step

  1. PREP/PREPARE
  2. √ If you are not a fan of peas, substitute corn. Or, use both… Just a suggestion.

    √ If you are using frozen peas (or any other frozen veggie), make sure to warm them up to room temperature before adding to the soup.

    √ Hatch Chili’s come in small cans of 4 ounces… In my opinion they are some of the best canned chili’s around. They come in hot and mild versions… your choice. There are other brands: Las Palmas, Old El Paso, Embasa, Ortega... the list goes on and on.
    If you cannot find Hatch chili's, Las Palmas come in a close second.

    √ Never allow the soup to come to the boil, if you do, it cold separate the cream cheese.

    √ This soup does not store very well, so it is best to serve it right after making, and attempt to make only as much as you plan to eat. When you store it in the fridge, and reheat it, the cream cheese has a tendency to separate. It will taste just fine; however, it will not look as good.

    √ White pepper; as opposed to black pepper, gives this dish an amazing sweet heat that lingers on the tongue, and gently warms you up on the coldest of days. You can use black pepper, if desired; however, you should try it once with white pepper.

    √ Remember that store-bought Cajun/Creole spices have different amounts of salt, and heat. So, before adding any additional salt, first add the Cajun/Creole spice, and give it a taste; then add additional salt, if you feel the need. If you are looking for your own homemade Creole spice mix, I submit this recipe:
    Spice Essentials: Creole Seasoning
  3. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  4. Add the butter and grapeseed oil to a pot, over medium heat.
  5. When the butter melts, and the foaming subsides, give the pot a swirl to mix butter and oil, and then add the chopped onions.
  6. Cook until they soften and become translucent, about 5 – 6 minutes.
  7. Chef’s Note: Do not allow the onions to brown.
  8. Add the garlic, and stir until fragrant, about 60 seconds.
  9. Add the chicken stock, carrots, and potatoes.
  10. Bring to a very light simmer, partially cover, and cook for 15 minutes.
  11. Add the peas, green chilies, and chicken.
  12. Allow to cook for, 2 – 3 minutes.
  13. Add the Cajun or Creole spice, and stir to combine.
  14. Chef's Tip: Taste, and then add the white pepper, and salt, if needed. Remember, you can always add more spice; however, it is a rather difficult thing to take it out.
  15. Whisk the flour in with the milk, and then add it to the pot; along with the chopped parsley.
  16. Continue to simmer, until the soup begins to thicken, about 5 – 6 minutes.
  17. Add the chunks of cream cheese, and chopped parsley.
  18. Stir until melted and combined with the other ingredients, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  19. PLATE/PRESENT
  20. Serve with a garnish of parsley sprigs, some oyster crackers, and a nice glass of chardonnay. Enjoy.
  21. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Comfy Essentials: Spicy Cheesy Chicken Soup

Course/Dish: Chicken Soups
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy



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