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Chipotle Chicken Soup

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This is a new version of my previous soup, but this one is compliant with Whole 30, meaning it has no beans, potatoes, or products containing sugar. I simply replaced the beans with a diced summer squash and carrots for extra vegetables and it was just as good, if not better than the original.

  • 1  purple onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 chopped chipotle chilies in adobo sauce OR 1 Tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 1 cup of diced yellow summer squash
  • 1 can of petite diced tomatoes
  • 20 oz skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of visible fat
  • 2 cans low-sodium chicken broth (I used my own bone broth)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon of Taco seasoning-I used Penzeys which uses just various spices.
  • 1 tbsp olive or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime, quartered
  1. To a 5-qt slow cooker, add onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and chipotle chiles. Stir to combine. Top with squash and can of  tomatoes. 
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium-high. Add oil and let warm. Add chicken and cook for about 2 minutes per side, until lightly browned. Transfer chicken to slow cooker. To skillet, add broth, scraping up any browned bits with a spoon; pour broth over chicken. Sprinkle with cumin and taco seasoning. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, or until chicken is no longer pink in center. (Alternatively, cook on high for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.)
  3. Gently remove chicken from slow cooker. Turn off heat and let stand, uncovered, for 15 minutes to absorb flavors and thicken slightly. (NOTE: Do not stir as vegetables are tender.) Tear apart chicken in small pieces and return to crock pot. Gently fold together.  Sprinkle with salt and cilantro and serve with lime wedges. 

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