From a very young age I became obsessed with food. I remember looking through cook books and food magazines circling all of the recipes that I wanted to make some day. Most kids are given Disney picture books…I was given a Mickey Mouse Cookbook. I still have that cookbook. It’s from Disney World back in the 90s (or older). I would spend hours highlighting and circling recipes that I wanted to make someday when I got older. I have actually never made anything from that book, now that I think about it. I should probably do that! Anywhoo….the first recipe that I ever made by myself was from a Rachel Ray magazine that I use to get when I was 10. I went to my mom and begged her to help me make it. So we went to the grocery store and found all of the ingredients that we would need. This chicken soup recipe is an off shoot of Rachel Ray’s. This one recipe gave me the foundation I needed for other recipes and made me feel like I was capable of making any meal. So thank you Rachel Ray for inspiring the world with your 30 minute meals! I hope you enjoy this meal as much as I do!
- 2 T canola oil
- 1 white onion, diced
- 1/2 T garlic powder or 2 cloves of fresh garlic
- 1/2 T chili powder
- 3 bay leaves
- 1/2 T cayenne pepper
- 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
- Meat from 1 rotisserie chicken or 4 cooked chicken breasts , shredded
- 32oz chicken broth
- 1 can of black or pinto beans
- 2 lemons, juiced
- 2 limes, juiced
- Add canola oil to soup pot under medium heat.
- Add white onion and cook until softened.
- Add garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper and bay leaves.
- Lightly toast the spices with the onion.
- Add canned tomatoes with chilies and mix with spices and onion.
- Add rotisserie chicken, chicken broth, lemon juice and lime juice (I like a lot of lemon and lime but this might be too much for you so maybe save those two for the end to taste)
- Cover and bring to boil. Once boiling start bring down to low and let soup simmer until ready to serve.
- Top individual portions with extras like sour cream, more citrus, red onion, or radishes.