Monday, November 16, 2015

Gluten Free, Chicken Zoodle Soup


I would love to say that this is a totally new recipe, but I'd be lying. It's just a variation on my tortilla-less tortilla soup that I have made here and here. Only this version is even lazier and easier, but it's just a yummy!

  • 1 64 oz box Kitchen Basics Chicken Stock
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes (I use Safeway's kitchen brand)
  • Juice of one lime
  • teaspoon dried cilantro
  • 3 frozen chicken breasts (or one pack of breast or thighs)
  • 4 zucchini
  • 2 cloves smashed/pressed garlic
  • optional - jalepeno peppers
  • salt and pepper to taste

Dump everything in your crock pot except the zucchini and cook on low for 7 hours. I even put my chicken in mostly frozen because I didn't have time to fully thaw it. Shred chicken with fork after 7 hours and add zucchini sliced or zoodled (I use this Pampered Chef Veggie Strip Maker to make zoodles!) and cook on low for another 20 min to an hour. Personally, I like my zoodles just a bit warm, but still firm,so I just let them get warm in the broth and served myself up a bowl. :)

I have read different opinions about whether or not you need to thaw chicken before you crock pot it, but I have to say that every time I have the intention to thaw my chicken, I end up throwing frozen chicken in the pot and it cooks up just fine! So be lazy, put that frozen chicken in and just let it cook away!

I also always have a slight freak out when I open the pot lid after 7 hours and look at the delicious smelling soup. You see, it looks like boiled chicken breasts in broth with tomatoes. Just trust me that it's gonna be awesome and shred that chicken up with two forks! (But this is the reason the other versions of this soup that are linked have pre-cooked chicken. That, and I like instant gratification!)

Another variation would be to braise the chicken in just the tomatoes, lime, seasoning, and garlic for 7 hours on low and then, pull the chicken, add the broth and zoodles, and call it soup! Basically, you can't mess this soup up!

Other Variations:

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