Thursday, November 17, 2011

Southwestern Chicken Chili Soup

The high temperature in Knoxville today was at 1:30am. 

With temps dropping all day, that meant it was a day for soup.  Or chili.  Or maybe both, because I wasn't sure which to call this dish I threw together for dinner tonight.  I wasn't even going to blog about this but Alexis liked it so much I changed my mind.

Southwestern Chicken Chili Soup

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/4 inch wide strips
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 can diced tomatoes and green chile
  • 1 can corn kernals, drained
  • 1 can light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin
  • 1/4 tsp dried lemon peel
  1. Preheat a large stock pot over medium high heat.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper.  
  3. Add butter and oil to pot and brown chicken for 4-5 minutes.  Remove to a plate.
  4. Add the diced onion and saute for 3 minutes.  
  5. Add the garlic and saute for 2 more minutes, stirring occasionally.  
  6. Deglaze the pot with balsamic vinegar.
  7. Return chicken and any juices to the pot.
  8. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. 
  • Avoid crowding the pot when browning chicken.  If you can get all the chicken in with one layer, do it in two batches.
  • Garnish with crispy fried tortilla strips or masa dumplings

Then I Saw The Light
The onset of darker nights and colder temps cause some folks to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).   I have to admit I am not as enthusiastic about getting out to cook when it's already dark when I get home from work.  According to the Mayo Clinic, light therapy is a common treatment for combating the effects of SAD.  
Light therapy....grillin' style.

Ahhhh I feel better already!!!!!


  1. That is quite the outdoor setup, looks awesome!

  2. I know that six months out of the year, or maybe five I feel like I could run out of the front door and scream "Block Party, and now!" if I do not grill during the sunlight on weekends.

    If my HOA would only let me get away with your set up...the whole neighborhood would thank me!

  3. This looks FANTASTIC, Chris. I have to admit that I missed the meat in my Three Bean Soup. ;) Tell Alexis thanks for liking it so much. Because now I get to add it to my list of things to make.

    As for your light therapy... holy smokes! Or should I say grills?! My goodness, you really are the BBQ king. I am floored. Sheesh. I was just happy to figure out our new grill this year. You already have me wanting a smoker! Have I mentioned lately that I wish we were neighbors?? If you lived here, it would stay light a whole lot longer at night. Just saying...

  4. If those are daylight balanced lights that looks like a photo studio to me!! GREG

  5. You have the most pimped-out deck I've ever seen. And yes, I'm totally jealous! I think this sounds awesome. Of course, I'm partial to soups with tortilla strips on top...

  6. i'm really glad you posted this, i'll be making it soon, YUM!

  7. That is quite the set up for grilling! And yes, it was cold today!! I had no idea it was going to get so cold last night, did not enjoy scraping my windshield this morning at 6:20.

  8. Great looking soup and I like the outdoor lights too.
    I don't like so much dark in the evening, so I turn on our backyard light to brighten things up- I'm not sure how the neighbors like it tho...

  9. It does look like a photo studio! ha You know we love that UNC grill cover too. :) Cook through the darkness. We'll be out of it soon...

  10. What a colorful and happy bowl of chili Chris.

  11. The hot charcoal and soup both look very good.

  12. This looks right up my alley. Perfect for a football Sunday. I may try to make it tomorrow!!

  13. Printed and on top of the pile - my kind of thing. Your deck is beginning to look like the Grill Aisle at Home Depot! And since YOU mentioned it...I do think some therapy is in order because really, is it normal for one guy to have a Grill "Department?!" To pay for your therapy I suggest you start giving tours of your deck - and you can offer grilled weenies as a parting gift.

  14. Very nice soup/chili. I'm becoming more of a soup person all the time.

    The "official" treatment for light but for you I prescribe light along with 2 green eggs and three grills (did I count right?).

  15. This is so similar to a soup I just made and blogged. It's just so good, easy and packed full of flavor! Yay for soup season ... even if you've having mild temperatures. :)

  16. fantastic! I am going to make this after Thanksgiving.

  17. Comforting, rich and delicious!I love this dish,Chris!Wonderful flavors....I will add some diced avocado to mine :)

  18. Love your light therapy and I am loving this soup! I can't believe you weren't going to blog this one... yum!

  19. It's possible bbq smoke helps with SAD too! Anyway, that's my theory.

  20. Great recipe ! I made it for my wife! It`s delicious!!! Thanks for sharing!

  21. LOVED THIS!! I made it last night:

  22. I easily fall in love with soups like this! Hearty and spicy - I bet it really hit the spot!

  23. LOL- that looks like our back porch!!


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