Sopa de pollo

 

The ideal soup. In the words of my father, probably my biggest food critic besides myself. The man that thinks everything I make needs more gluten. The guy that when I try to get him on board with our sugar cleanse, goes out and buys a box of halloween candy and claims he thought sugar cleanse meant MORE sugar.

Sopa de pollo

If he loved this soup, i’m pretty sure everyone will. Best part, it uses a whole chicken which in my opinions is the easiest most economical way to eat chicken. A whole free range chicken feeds a crowd and you get the bones to make stock later. By far the easiest way to cook a whole chicken is to make a big soup.

Sopa de pollo

 

There’s no risk of it not being cooked or¬†worse, being dry and overcooked. The only downside is you don’t get that crispy skin, but I personally looooove the fat that the skin imparts in the soup. It’s so rich, and although the coconut milk isn’t a traditional addition, it adds a creamy comfort to my version of sopa de pollo¬†like none other.

Sopa de pollo

Sopa de Pollo

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp cooking fat of choice
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes + equal amount of water
  • 1 1/2 tsp chipotle powder or 1 whole chipotle in adobo (chopped)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3 roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 2 C squash of preference (delicata,butternut etc.) cut into cubes
  • 1 C sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 whole chicken (about 3-5 lbs)
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 lime + extra for garnish
  • large handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or slow cooker heat oil and add onion and garlic. Cook until golden and fragrant and add crushed tomatoes, spices and salt.
  2. Add the whole chicken, roasted red peppers,squash, sweet potato and water to cover chicken. Cover and let cook on low for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Remove the cooked chicken and place in a large bowl. Let it cool a bit before removing meat from the carcass.
  4. Add pulled chicken, coconut milk and the juice from one lime.
  5. Serve with chopped cilantro, fresh avocado and lime wedges.
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Sopa de pollo

Hey I'm Chantelle, my alter ego would be a mermaid if I wasn't such a terrible swimmer. I love writing authentically and cooking in my pyjamas. My favourite pastimes include eating avocados, travelling the world and hanging out with a toddler.

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