Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Chicken, Jalapeno and Black Bean Soup

Did you know that jalapenos can be tamed, I pinky swear it's true:@) And once tame the majority of us would really like the flavor they add. This Chicken, Jalapeno and Black Bean Soup is a great way to use up a few extra jalapenos from the big bag you get at the produce store!
I will say I find store bought jalapenos milder than ones grown in home gardens.
Don't know why that is, it's just an observation (same goes for radishes...)

How a fully cleaned jalapeno should look: 
The seeds have some heat but most of it is in the membrane. A melon baller works great!

Chicken, Jalapeno and Black Bean Soup-adapted from Old World Garden Farms
1 Tblsp olive oil-maybe a touch more if needed
1/2 lb chicken tenders cut into small cubes-I just used a boneless breast
Pinch of S&P for the chicken
1/2 onion diced
3 stalks celery diced-I came up short and added some celery seed
3 cloves garlic crushed
1/2 green pepper diced
4 C chicken stock
1 clove garlic minced
3 jalapenos sliced-mine were large and cleaned very well
1 tsp garlic salt-I used a pinch of kosher salt
3/4 C rice or ditalini pasta-I used half rice and added some rinsed canned black beans
1/2 tsp black pepper
Chicken Better Than Boullion, optional-just to bump up the flavor if desired, I added some
1 Tblsp cilantro, finely chopped
  1. Sprinkle chicken with S&P then brown in olive oil.
  2. Add onion, celery, crushed garlic and green pepper, saute for 3 minutes.
  3. Add minced garlic, stock, jalapenos and salt. Bring to a low simmering boil.
  4. Add rice or pasta and pepper, let simmer for 7 minutes or until rice/pasta is cooked. I used long grain rice and it had to cook longer.
  5. I didn't see any notes about the cilantro, my guess is, it should be added towards the end of the cooking time, when there's maybe 5 minutes left. I forgot about it and sprinkled it on at the end.

17 comments:

  1. This looks really good, Lynn, and I appreciate the tip about the melon baller. Thanks!

    XO,

    Sheila

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  2. Soup looks good, Lynn, and hot peppers are supposed to boost the metabolism! I may need to eat those seeds! xo

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  3. Mmmmm the soup sounds great, Lynn! You are so right about the store-bought vs. the homegrown ones. We have some homegrown radishes in the fridge right now and they are sooo different than store-bought. I need to try the soup when all the jalapenos start multiplying!!

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  4. OK, right now, I'm experiencing the first really HOT day of our summer. I'm kind of sweaty and gross from bipping around town with my daughter. Now, I click to this and see a soup (hot) with jalapenos (hot... tamed or not). So I guess I'm feeling hot Hot HOT right about now. I still think it sounds delicious, though.

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  5. I love that melon baller trick Lynn, the soup sounds wonderful too!

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  6. Oh, Lynn, that looks so delicious. I love soups year round. My latest favorite is Taco soup but I leave the jalapenos and black olives out. My bad. lol
    Beth

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  7. This would have so much flavor. I could eat soup every day, I don't care if people think of it as a cold weather food!

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  8. It would go down well here as we are just starting winter.
    I have grown small red chillies here and I have never tasted such hot ones, much hotter than the ones in the shops.
    Merle......

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  9. I love how you list the recipe and then manage to change a good portion of the ingredients to suit your tastes and pantry. That is the sign of a good cook.

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  10. Your soup sounds marvelous! I'll definitely try it when we get a cooler day...summer arrived yesterday!

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  11. I swear I left a comment but can't see it now, so, if you get two....woo hoo..:))

    I keep a jar of Nacho jalapenos that are NOT hot...just a little bite. I love them in EVERYthing...and am not a fan of fresh jalapenos.
    Your recipe sounds amazing.:)

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  12. YUM...looks delicious! I would love it if you linked up to my Create It Thursday post...it's live now! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/05/create-it-thursday-2-plus-features.html

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  13. What a great way to clean the seeds from the jalapeno Lynn. I'm with you. The ones in the store are quite tame.
    Sam

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  14. This soup looks so good. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  15. I am such a wimp when it comes to peppers. Must remember the membrane thing. I thought it was all in the seeds.

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  16. I love peppers, I make them in every way, specially roasting them for Ratatoille. Your recipe looks marvelous! Thanks for sharing my friend.
    Big hugs,
    FABBY

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  17. This sounds delicious! I have heard that about jalapenos and it works wonders.

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