Monday, April 11, 2011

Poblano Chicken Chowder

I love soup. To me soup is a meal. It is warm delicious and so comforting. Since I eat it as a meal I look for hearty soups or chowders that can keep me a bit fuller. I came across this recipe the other day and it sounded great plus it was by Paula Deen and I LOVE her!

My silly boys wanted hamburgers for school I did not see that as a problem adn thought if I am all ready grilling at 7 am why not make this soup today too. It was easy opportunity. So before I even started with the recipe I grilled the chicken breast and poblano peppers. Now the recipe does not to say to grill them but I love them that way and it adds another layer of flavor.

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With that part done now gather your ingredients and this one takes a few.

Ingredients

* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 3 large carrots, cut into 1/2-inch dice
* 2 large onions, cut into 1/2-inch dice
* 5 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
* 1/8 cup minced garlic
* 2 to 3 small poblano peppers, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, or more to taste
* 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, or more to taste
* 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
* 3 quarts chicken broth
* 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, minced
* 3 cups diced (large pieces) grilled chicken
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, or more to taste
* 1 cup heavy cream


Here is where the time consuming part starts.

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Cutting and chopping everything. It took a lot more time than I thought. But since I was cutting and chopping why not cut up extra for the boys lunch? So feeling like a good mom made a couple days of cut veggies for them too. But Smiley and I got hungry so we ate the celery.

After you got things prepped. Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the carrots, onions, celery, garlic, poblano peppers, salt, white pepper, cumin, and thyme. Saute for 7 to 8 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften.

Oh it looked so good and healthy but this is a Paula Deen recipe remember so it will not stay that way.

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Stir in the chicken bouillon now why you can before little ones think it is a packet of gum and run off.

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Add the chicken broth.

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And if you are like me who bought the large boxes of 32 ounces chicken broth check your trusty liquid conversion magnet to find out it is 3 of those boxes.

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Now here I would not put as much broth in. I found that 3 boxes is a bit to much for my liking. You do thicken up the recipe but not all that much. Do it to your liking. Plus I use low sodium chicken broth because there is to much salt in the bullion and broth and you add some. I cut out salt where I can. If you like more once its done you can always add to it but you can never take salt away and can easily ruin a dish.

Add cilantro, and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the carrots are tender. I added more cilantro. Just because I love it. Isn't that a pretty green?

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Stir in the chicken and cook, stirring frequently, until the chowder is thick and the chicken is heated through. Shortly before the chowder is done, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the flour and stir to combine. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes to cook the flour. Do not allow the mixture to brown!

And of course while you can move from the stove your perfect sleeping angel will need attention too.

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Ladle 1 cup of the hot liquid from the stockpot into the skillet, whisking constantly. When the first cup of liquid is incorporated, add another 2 cups of liquid, 1 at a time. Pour the mixture in the skillet into the stockpot, whisking to blend. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes longer, or until the mixture begins to thicken. Remove the pot from the heat. Stir in the hot sauce, then the cream, and serve.

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This was a good soup/ chowder. It had a nice base flavor but felt like it was missing something. I ate it over and over so not bad at all. I don't know if it will be a repeater, probably because there is something that pulls you to another bowl. Next time I might try adding chorizo and less liquid. Doctor it to your own liking and enjoy.

3 comments:

{TiffanyMae} said...

Whoa, does that sound delish!!!!!

What an adorable pic of Faith :)

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daphne @ flip flops and pearls said...

Ohhhhh you may need to link this post Friday!!

Looks like something I'd make:)

Karen said...

Wow! That looks good. You had me at cilantro! I love love love cilantro! The ingredients I need to make this are going on my next shopping list. Thank you Karen for participating in my linky party! It means a lot to me.

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