Savoury Chili Chicken Soup with Cranberry Crème

Savoury Chili Chicken Soup with Cranberry Crème
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8 to 10 servings


2 tbsp (30 mL) ground cumin
2 tbsp (30 mL) ground chili powder
2 tsp (8 mL) garlic powder
1 tbsp (15 mL) salt
½ cup (125 mL) olive oil, divided
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 cup (250 mL) diced onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup (250 mL) diced red bell pepper
1 cup (250 mL) diced green bell pepper
1 cup (250 mL) shredded carrot
2 - packages (900 mL) low-sodium chicken broth or stock
1 –bottle (350 mL) Heinz® Chili Sauce
1 – can (425 mL) diced tomatoes
1 – can (540 mL) pinto or black beans, rinsed and drained
¼ cup (50 mL) corn meal or masa
2 -3 tbsp (30 – 45 mL) water
⅓ cup (80 mL) chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Cranberry Créme
1 cup (250 mL) heavy whipping cream
⅓ cup (80 mL) Ocean Spray® Jellied Cranberry Sauce


Combine cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt in small bowl. Rinse and pat dry chicken; sprinkle both sides with ½ (about 3 tbsps/45 mL) of cumin spice mixture; set aside remaining spice mixture.

Heat ¼ cup (50 mL) olive oil over medium high heat in a 12-inch (30 cm) skillet. Add chicken to skillet and cook until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Turn over; continue cooking until chicken is just done, 5 to 7 minutes more. Cool. Shred or cut into small pieces; set aside.

Heat remaining ¼ cup (50 mL) olive oil in large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, red and green pepper, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add chicken broth, chili sauce, remaining cumin spice mixture, diced tomatoes and beans. Turn heat to high; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low; continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.

Combine corn meal and water in a small bowl until smooth. Slowly add corn meal mixture to soup, stirring well. Add reserved shredded chicken. Continue cooking until broth is slightly thickened and soup is heated through, 5 to 7 minutes.

Meanwhile, beat whipping cream in medium bowl until barely soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Add cranberry sauce; continue beating until stiff peaks form, 1 minute.

To serve, scoop soup into bowls. Top with a dollop of Cranberry Créme and sprinkle with fresh cilantro leaves.

Makes 8 to 10 servings. Refrigerate left over soup and crème.


Savoury Chili Chicken Soup with Cranberry Crème

Savoury Chili Chicken Soup with Cranberry Crème

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