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Recipe updated 1/27/16.
For a change of pace, today I’m sharing with you a dinner recipe that is perfect for this cold weather! In case you’ve been wondering why I don’t share many entrée recipes, it’s not because I don’t like them, or because I never make them, or because I think they’re boring. On the contrary, I have been cooking quite a few meals lately that I would love to share with you. But I’ve been saving them for a project I’m working on. I don’t know yet when it will be released as progress is slow, but hopefully within the next few months you’ll be seeing an ebook from Briana-Thomas.com. I’ve been asked a lot about the possibility of a hard-cover cookbook, and that is definitely something I would like to see in the next year or two. Until then I’ll probably publish a few ebooks to raise funds (I’ve found out that cookbooks are expensive to publish!). Stay tuned!
Update: I am now working on a cookbook! Hopefully it will be published in the fall of 2016.
Update – Update: You can find this recipe in my cookbook, Necessary Food!
So about this soup…it’s been dubbed “Our Favorite Soup” for obvious reasons. This soup has it all: a creamy, flavorful broth; tender chicken; lots of veggies; green chilies; garlic; and fresh mushrooms. Oh, and BACON.
A note on the red pepper – our family isn’t big into spicy, so I usually just omitted red pepper from recipes that called for it. While I’m still not a huge fan of spice that makes my nose run (let me eat in peace!), I’ve found that just a touch of red pepper helps round out the flavor while not totally overwhelming my sinuses. And of course, if you like heat, load it on.
In true Briana style, I like to eat my soup topped with mozzarella cheese, hot sauce, and some extra toasted sesame oil. Mmmm…
Oh, and thanks go to my friend Heather for giving us some nutritional yeast! I had never tasted it before, but pulled it out to add some extra flavor when I made this soup. It did not disappoint. Don’t leave the nutritional yeast out if you don’t have it! It really adds to the flavor of this soup. If you don’t have nutritional yeast, a) buy some, and then b) if it doesn’t come in time, add some additional chicken base to bring up the flavor.
You can find this recipe in my cookbook, Necessary Food.
- 3 pounds chicken breast, drained and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 4 slices turkey bacon, chopped (you could use regular bacon, but fry and drain it separately before adding it into the soup at the end)
- 2 T butter
- 1 large onion, chopped
- ½ head of cabbage, sliced thin
- 2 cups water
- 1 lb. bag frozen broccoli florets
- 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 1 4 oz. can chopped green chilies
- 1 T chicken bouillon (if you have allergies, use an allergy friendly bouillon or use more nutritional yeast in its place)
- 1 T nutritional yeast flakes (can be purchased at bulk food stores and some grocery stores...you could probably use more chicken base/garlic powder to taste)
- 2 tsp. basil
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 ½ tsp. dried dill weed
- 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- Salt to taste, if necessary
- Red pepper, to taste
- 2 cups cheese of choice (I used mozzarella)
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or carton coconut milk for a nut free option)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- In a nonstick skillet, cook the chicken and turkey bacon together until cooked all the way through and the juices run clear.
- Meanwhile, in a large soup kettle saute the cabbage and onion in the butter (cover the kettle with a lid and stir occasionally). After it has cooked for a bit, add the water and broccoli and let the vegetables cook until they’re crisp-tender. Add the mushrooms, chilies, and all the seasonings and let the soup simmer.
- When the chicken is cooked through, add it to the soup, juice and all. Add the cheese, unsweetened almond milk, and cream (don't boil the soup after this point) and let everything simmer together until the cheese is melted and dissolved. Taste and add salt if needed. Yields 12 servings.
- Serve with shredded mozzarella cheese if desired.