There is nothing better than a hot bowl of soup for a Fall supper! This recipe is easy to throw together, especially if you already have chicken cooked and ready to shred. If you don’t, see the Gr8 tips below for getting your chicken ready and of course this can be done way ahead of time and then the soup is quickly thrown together. Often I’ll pick up a roasted chicken from Costco or the local market and use some of it for the soup and still have some left to use for another dish.
Also remember that when making a soup or stew, the recipe is just a guide. Your taste buds are the real guide. For this soup if you want more chicken or zucchini then add as much as you like! In fact this would be an easy recipe to double. Just about every ingredient below can be adjusted. So give it a try, adjust to your taste, make yourself one of Debbie’s Margaritas with a “Kick” and ENJOY!
Edited from the original publication of September 1, 2015.
Serves 4 (about 2 cups each).
Heat the vegetable oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat.
Add the stock and canned tomatoes and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the beans, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, shredded chicken and simmer for 5 more minutes.
Put some tortilla chips into a ziploc bag and break into bite sizes pieces. The tortilla chips can be put into the bottom of the bowl and the soup served on top of them or they can be sprinkled on the top of the soup in the bowl (or both on the bottom and the top!)
Divide the soup among 4 bowls; top with tortilla chips (if you are adding them to the top), avocado and remaining cilantro. Serve each person a wedge of lime to squeeze into their soup (Don't skip this step! It makes a yummy difference!).
*An easy way to make shredded chicken is to place chicken breasts (even frozen ones) into the crockpot with a 1/2 cup of liquid (broth, water or salsa). Leave to cook on high for about 4 hours or on low for about 7-8 hours. When ready, remove from pot and pull apart with two forks.
* Or take boneless, skinless chicken breasts and drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper (or spice of your choice) and bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 20-25 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, shred with two forks.
*Or - for real convenience, buy a rotisserie chicken from your local grocer!
Gr8 Do-ahead Tip:
This soup can be made 1 - 2 days ahead of time up through Step 5. Cool and keep covered in the refrigerator. Warm it up on the stove-top or microwave and continue with step 6 and 7.