By Contributing Writer, Jessica Smartt
The first time I ate Southwest Chicken Chowder, I’m pretty sure I cried because it was so wonderful.
I’m not usually this dramatic about my dinner, but at the time, I was three days post-partum with my second son, exhausted, weepy, and starving. And this yummy chowder was a gift from my friend, Kate, who knows that bringing dinner to a new mom is about #3 on the list of “Nicest Things You Can Do for Anyone.”
I have made this many times since then. I don’t always shed tears of joy eating it, but almost. I love that this dish is yummy and allergy-friendly, as we manage multiple food allergies. It’s perfect for rainy days, cold days, hot days, basically any day you need dinner. Which here, is every day. We do not skip dinner.
I tweaked Kate’s recipe to work for a crock pot, and it works great! Just don’t forget the toppings! Especially avocado. I recently realized not everyone likes avocado. It was quite shocking. One final note – you may want to peek on this now and then to see if it needs more broth.
Southwest Chicken and Rice Chowder
- 2 chicken breasts, uncooked
- 2 tsp of chili powder
- 1 tsp of cumin
- 1 tsp sea salt (you may need less if your broth is salty)
- two bay leaves
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- one chopped onion
- 3/4 c of brown rice, uncooked
- can of black beans, or two cups of prepared black beans
- can of corn, rinsed, or two cups frozen
- can of diced tomatoes, rinsed
- 4-5 cups of chicken broth (I find that I need five because my crock pot isn’t the greatest and cooks a little too hot, but you may find four to be enough.)
- juice of one lime
Toppings, as desired
- chopped cilantro
- chopped avocado
- lime slices
- shredded cheddar cheese
- sour cream
- corn chips
- Lay your chicken in the crock pot and cover with all the other ingredients except the beans.
- Pour the broth on top and cook on low for 3 hours. At this point, add the beans and cook for a remaining 3 hours. (If you are in a pinch, you can cook it all together for the six hours…I just prefer my beans more intact.)
- Before serving, take your chicken out and shred it, if desired. Mine usually is so tender I can shred it in the crock pot with a fork! Taste to see if you need to adjust your seasonings, and then add your toppings and eat it up!
THM Compliant note from Stacy: This would be an E meal and you could eat about 1 1/2 cups of soup. You’ll need to watch the toppings though. Use 0% Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and only use about 2 tablespoons of cheese; baked tortilla chips in moderation and no avocado.