Friday, April 19, 2013

Foodie Fridays - One Pot Dish Spicy Chicken and Chilli Soup

DinoPapa was in the mood to cook and he saw my One Pot dish cookbooks laying on the dinning table and decided to get some inspirations from it.  After a while he set his mind to try his hands on the Spicy Chicken and Chilli soup.

* 1 kg skinned and boned chick breasts
* 5 cups chicken stock
* 1 large onion, finely chopped
* 2 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1 bay leaf
* 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
* 4 cloves garlic, 3 finally chopped, 1 sliced
* salt to taste
* 60g bottled mild green chillies (in brine, not vinegar), drained
* 1 can (420g) creamed corn
* 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh coriander

Optional garnishes
* 2 cups crumbled corn chips
* 1 avocado, diced
* 2 spring onions, including tops, thinly sliced

1. Place the chicken breasts, stock, onions, cumin, bay leaf, thyme, chopped garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large heavy saucepan.
2. Set over moderately high heat; when the stock comes to a boil, adjust the heat so that it bubbles gently, cover and simmer for 10mins or until the chicken is cooked.
3. Remove the chick breasts from the saucepan and, when they are cool enough to handle, cute them into bite-sized pieces.  Set aside.
4. In a food processor or blender, puree the green chilies and the sliced garlic.
5. Add the corn and the chilli mixture to the saucepan and bring to a boil over moderate heat.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered for 15mins.
6. Return the chicken to the saucepan and adjust the salt to taste.  Simmer, uncovered for 3 to 5mins or until the chick is heated through.
7. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the coriander.
8. Ladle the soup into bowl and if desired, top it with corn chips, avocado and spring onions.

DinoPapa took the above recipe and made his own version.  He followed the cooking method but excluded the green chillies and replaced the canned cream corn with corn kernel.  Well, we have 3 kids to feed so no chillies allowed.  No additional garnishes too.

Incidentally this is our first time cooking avocado, we wasn't quite sure how the soup will turn out.  Whether it will taste funny and every one hates it or otherwise.  However, it should not be too bad since avocado does not have a strong taste. And the verdict is - We love this soup!  DinoBoy went "ummmm~~ this soup is so tasty!"  Its sweet and appetizing, the chicken soft and tender but the avocado tastes bitter.  Puzzled, I googled and found out the reason; the avocado was not ripe hence the bitter taste.

So I googled some more and found out more info about avocado, here is a great site where you can find almost all the info about avocado.

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  1. I love one pot meals! Never used Avocadoes in a savory main course before, will certainly love to try it one day as avocadoes are supposedly very healthy! Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

  2. I too haven't used avocados in cooking but will try out too :)