I know that I have mentioned two of Stephanie O'Dea's slow cooker recipe books a billion times, but I just cannot say enough great things about Stephanie O'Dea and her slow cooker recipes. I have taken the books out of the library enough times that Abisaac has asked (several times already) "why haven't you just bought those books so you can always have them on hand?". Well, the answer is....laziness. I truly have no excuse, what, with the handy dandy internet and all the websites available to buy these books online and have them shipped right to my front door. Truth be told I am lazy. I will stand behind the new excuse of "I have a new baby and I have become a forgetful, disorganized nutcase (at times)". Yes yes that's my excuse.
Well, either way, today when I found myself with some leftover chicken that I had no idea what to do with and a tiny bit of extra time I chose to find a way to make dinner (quickly) and ensure that we weren't stuck eating pasta. Now, don't get me wrong folks...I love some great pasta but really it's often the go to quick and simple meal that we prepare when feeling tired and uncertain about what to make for dinner. That's another story for another time I guess.
This time I went online (look at me, joining 2012!) and searched www.stephanieodea.com, well actually I searched crockpot365 and found her website. You see, remember, I have mommy brain and have become a disorganized mess at times, so I could not remember the actual website but I did remember that Stephanie O'Dea had chosen to make her New Years resolution in 2008 to use her slow cooker every single day for an entire year. She blogged about it and now has multiple fabulous cookbooks and many other accomplishments under her belt.
This is what came from my "what do I do with this cooked chicken on a cool fall day" quandary. As with all of the recipes I have tried from either Stephanie's website or her books, I found this to be super easy to whip together and it filled the house with the wonderful smells of soup that had been cooking all day. I love that smell, especially when I know how little time and effort it actually took me to create.
3 cups of chicken broth (homemade or packaged)
1 1/2 cups of cooked chicken
1/2 onion (chopped)
1 cup frozen roasted corn
2 green onions (sliced)
28 oz. can of diced tomatoes with juices
1 1/2 cups of chopped up vegetables (I used red, orange & yellow peppers, carrots and celery)
4 cloves of garlic (minced)
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
salt & pepper to taste
Dice all of the vegetables into fine bite sized pieces, add to slow cooker. Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, garlic, onions and spices. Stir to ensure that it is all well mixed together.
Cook on low 8-10 hours of high for 6 hours.
Before serving add whatever garnish you prefer. Some examples of garnish are tortilla chips, sour cream, cheddar or Parmesan cheese