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Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup

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My husband’s “therapy” is cooking.  David has alot of emotional “disorders” – like many other folks do – and cooking is totally therapeutic for him.  He also has OCD, so his cooking becomes a very long and drawn out affair most times!

Hubby was off work this weekend, and after church on Sunday he decided he was going to “clean out the fridge” and make some soup – it was a very cold and rainy day here in eastern North Carolina – a perfect day for homemade soup!

Using the vintage cookware that we recently purchased from ebay and Etsy, a pattern that was inspired by a small dutch oven we found in my mother’s refrigerator when she passed away this summer, {meatloaf still in it, she loved her meatloaf} he proceeded to make the BEST homemade soup I have ever eaten – and he has concocted a TON of great dishes!

Getting down to business here….I’m sharing his recipe with you – I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did! Image result for line divider for website

Here’s the ingredients you’ll need….

  • 1 stick of butter, divided in half
  • 1 to 1¼ pound of boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • ¼ tsp coarsely ground sea salt
  • ¼ tsp coarsely ground pepper (preferably a blend)
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme, divided
  • 4 to 6 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 small sweet pepper (red, yellow, or orange) [may substitute ½ of a full size one]
  • 1-2 tbsp of flour
  • 4 cups of chicken bone broth
  • 4 small potatoes, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced small
  • 1 cup of water

Then do this….

In a large skillet, add half of the butter and melt over medium-high heat. Place chicken in the skillet and stir until well coated.  Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and thyme.  Cook chicken until light golden brown, stirring frequently.  Remove skillet from heat and set aside.

In a medium stock pot (at least 5 quarts), add remaining butter and melt over medium-high heat. Add bacon, onion, garlic, celery, and sweet pepper.  Sauté until tender, stirring occasionally.  Sprinkle flour evenly over sautéed vegetables and stir until well blended.  Pour in about half of the bone broth and stir well, making sure the flour is mixed with broth evenly; then pour in the rest of the bone broth.  Add the chicken, potatoes and carrots and stir well.  Let soup boil on high for about 10 minutes or so, stirring frequently.

Reduce heat to medium-low and cover.  Let simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour (time will depend on how small the potatoes and carrots are diced), stir occasionally to prevent sticking (NOTE:  add the cup of water if needed, and add salt and pepper to taste).

When soup is done, stir in ½ to 1 cup of half ‘n half (depends on how creamy you want the soup to be).

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And there you have it….the BEST soup ever!  Please let me know how much you LOVE it!

Until next time…

Blessings ~

Heather

 

 

Recipes

Our Oily Homestead Chicken Enchiladas

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My awesome hubby, David, is the cook at our place – I LOVE to cook breakfast, but that’s it!  He is very creative in the kitchen and makes the BEST everything 😉  This was an awesome recipe so I had to share his creation with you !  No, it’s not extremely healthy, but ya just gotta enjoy eating now and then! We try to keep it healthy most of the time, but there are exceptions now and then – and this was one of them.

Here is the recipe as he remembers it:

Ingredients:

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp bacon drippings (optional – may substitute with additional tbsp of butter)

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 – 3 cloves of garlic, minced

½ of sweet pepper (red, orange, or yellow), finely chopped

1 tsp dried oregano

2 tbsp chili powder

2 tsp cumin

4 thin Organic boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and coarsely chopped or shredded

1 can diced tomatoes and green chiles (10 oz)

1 can of diced green chiles (4 oz)

1 – 2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro (from our herb garden!)

Salt to taste

7 oz bag of  shredded Mexican blend cheese

8 – 10 flour tortillas (fajita size)

4 oz shredded sharp cheddar

Directions:

In a large skillet, heat butter and bacon drippings on medium-high. Add onion, garlic, and sweet pepper. Sauté until tender. Add half of the oregano, chili powder, and cumin. Stir until spices are well mixed.  Add chicken, tomatoes, green chiles, cilantro, and salt. Stir and let heat for 1 – 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining oregano, chili powder, and cumin,  and stir well. Continue heating for a couple more minutes, then remove from heat. Let stand for five minutes.

In the meantime, get a large plate, tortillas, and a 13 x 9 baking dish ready (we LOVE our Pampered Chef 13×9 baking dish – our is not the pretty enamel one though!).  Add a little more than half of the Mexican blend cheese to the chicken mixture and mix well.

Carefully drain as much of the liquid from the chicken mixture into the 13 x 9 baking dish (enough to lightly cover the bottom of the dish. This will help to prevent the tortillas from sticking).

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Place one flour tortilla on the plate. With a large slotted spoon, take enough chicken mixture from skillet and spread out across the middle of the tortilla in an even line*. Bring the bottom of the tortilla up toward the middle and carefully roll it up. Place enchilada seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat for all tortillas or until chicken mixture has all been used.

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Pour any excess liquid remaining in the skillet from chicken mixture over the enchiladas.   If any chicken mixture is left over (not enough for a whole enchilada), then spread it over the enchiladas as well.  Cover enchiladas with remaining Mexican blend cheese, followed by the sharp cheddar.

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Cover dish with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 for 25 – 30 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted and liquid is bubbling hot. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes.

*when scooping chicken mixture, drain excess liquid, reserve in skillet.

And there you have it…the recipe for deliciousness!  I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did!  If you try it, let us know what you think!