Thursday, April 21, 2011

Recipe Week: Chicken Avocado Soup

This is one of my recent favorites from  I am a sucker for things including avocados and lime and to my great delight my chicken apparently love plain chicken the best.  This keeps us all happy.  Brent and I had the full deal and the kids mostly just ate the chicken.  

Chicken and Avocado Soup
Adapted slightly from Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes  
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 bowl • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 7 pts
Calories: 285.8 • Fat: 16.8 g • Carb: 14.4 g • Fiber: 7.5 g • Protein: 22.1 g  

  • 5 cups chicken broth (I admittedly used bouillon)
  • 2 cups shredded chicken breast --- I boiled mine in the broth for 20 minutes and then took it out and shredded it as I rarely have any pre-cooked chicken available - it was about two breasts.
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups scallions, chopped fine ( I used the green onions from my garden courtesy of my Mom's walking Egyptian onions)
  • 2 ripe hass avocados, diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped fine (Optional - I omitted it as always)
  • 4 lime wedges
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt + fresh pepper to taste
  • pinch cumin
  • pinch chipotle chile powder (optional - I added a pretty hefty pinch)
In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add 1 cup of scallions and garlic. Sauté about 2 minutes then add tomatoes and sauté another minute, until soft. Add chicken stock, cumin and chile powder and bring to a boil. Simmer, covered on low for about 15-20 minutes.  (If you don't have pre-cooked chicken, your chicken would be in the pot for this time as well and then removed to shred.)

In four bowls, fill each with 1/2 cup chicken, 1/2 avocado, remainder of the scallions. Ladle 1 cup chicken broth over the chicken and serve with a lime wedge or do what we do and squeeze at least one wedge of lime over each portions-- maybe more as we love limes.

Light, delicious and both kids and parents were pleased.  That makes it a winner and another of my Skinnytaste favorites.


Cath said...

This sounds delish, Abbey! I'm definitely going to try it! :)

Mary said...

We often buy a rotisserie chicken when we need shredded chicken for soup or enchiladas. And then if we're feeling really resourceful we freeze the carcass to make stock with it later.

Jamie said...

Thanks for introducing this site to me. I love it. This is a favorite of mine too. Try the chicken ropa, it is good stuff!


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