Mexican Chicken Soup with Orzo & Kale Recipe

2014-09-29
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 How is it that I’m almost 50 and I’ve never had Orzo until this week?

Well, it is magical!

They’ll be a few more recipes with Orzo in the coming weeks…

But we will start with this soup that was absolutely delicious when I was under the weather yesterday…

Just what the doctor ordered!

Ingredients

  • Preparing the chicken and the stock:
  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup Mojo Marinade--found in the ethnic isle of your grocery store
  • 1 TBSP Mexican Chili Powder
  • 1 TBSP Cumin
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Shred the chicken in the broth.
  • Prepare the 1 cup of Orzo per package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Additional soup ingredients:
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 can Rotel with Lime and Cilantro--or just regular Rotel if that's your preference
  • 1 small can green chilies
  • 2 cups chopped baby Kale
  • 1 tsp Mexican Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Morton's Natures Seasoning

Method

Step 1

Place the chicken breasts in your crock pot.

Step 2

Pour the liquid over the chicken and add the spices.

Step 3

Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred the chicken in the broth and set aside.

Step 4

In a large stock pot, saute' the chipped onion with the 2 TBSP butter until translucent.

Step 5

Add the chicken and broth from the crock pot along with the additional 32 oz chicken broth.

Step 6

Pour in the chilies and the Rotel.

Step 7

Add the kale , the orzo, and the additional spices.

Step 8

Simmer on low for 1 hour.

The cast of ingredients…

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I added these along with the chicken breasts in the crock pot…

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After cooking on low for 8 hours, you’re left with this yummy broth…

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and this very flavorful chicken…

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This is my new pot that we’re breaking in on this recipe…

I’m trying to decide on a new set…and I’m loving it!

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Saute’ the chopped onion in the butter…

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Until it’s translucent like this…

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Add the broth from the crock pot along with the additional 32 oz chicken broth…

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Add the Rotel…

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and the green chilies…

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the shredded chicken…

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Man!  It already looks delicious!

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Add a cup of the cooked orzo…

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and about 2 cups of the kale…next time I will chop mine smaller…just an FYI…

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Now it looks delicious AND healthy!

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Add an additional 1 tsp Morton’s Natures Seasons…

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and additional tsp Mexican chili powder…

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and an additional tsp cumin…

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After simmering on low about an hour…

It is ready to serve!

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It was truly scrumptious!

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