It’s been rainy and chilly again today, which in turn means it is time to pull out the crock pot! For me-eating a large bowl of soup is like taking a long, hot bath. It warms me to the bone like nothing else. With that in mind, I started hunting for the perfect soup.
I looked through a lot of my previous soup recipes and one of them for Jalapeno & Bean Chicken Soup enticed me. It inspired me to write this recipe. Since I’m trying to eat healthier, I added Kale and made sure that my ingredients were all low-or-no sodium components. And because I love the hot stuff, I added extra heat by including the cayenne and red pepper flakes. Somehow the jalapenos didn’t sound like enough heat. So if you’re feeling like you need a pick-me-up, I hope you’ll try this recipe and let me know your thoughts.
This stuff is not for the faint of heart. If you can’t take the heat…don’t even try it.
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 4 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
- 1-14.5 ounce can of Diced Tomatoes (low sodium or no salt added)
- 1-16 ounce can of Northern Beans
- 1-16 ounce can of Navy Beans
- 1 large bunch of organic baby Kale-approximately 4 ounces
- 4 large cloves of garlic minced-approximately 1 tbsp.
- 1/2 large jalapeno diced with ribs and seeds removed-approximately 1 tbsp.
- 1 tsp. Cumin
- 1/8 tbsp. Cayenne Pepper
- 1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
Topping Suggestions for Serving:
- Juice of 2 Fresh Limes (optional
- Tortilla Chips (optional)
- Hot Sauce (optional)
- 2 Avocados (optional)
- Hot Jalapenos from a jar or can (optional)
- 1 tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro (optional)
Drizzle Olive Oil in the base of your Crock pot and top with chicken breasts. Salt and Pepper both sides of the chicken. Sprinkle cumin and cayenne pepper on top of the chicken. Add baby Kale. Drain beans and add to pot. Add diced tomatoes-juice and all. Pour the chicken broth in and add the garlic and jalapeno. Heat to high for 4-6 hours until the chicken is done. Remove chicken from pot and shred and then add back to the pot.
Serve with a squeeze of lime juice, cilantro-if you like it, a couple slices of avocado, sour cream and tortilla chips. Enjoy!