Chicken Enchilada Soup
I love chicken enchilada soup. I had an amazing bowl of chicken enchilada soup at The Plaza Cafe when we visited Santa Fe, NM last spring. It was a snowy day and we were freezing from walking around the town. The first spoonful of their soup was heavenly. It was bursting with fresh flavor and warming to the soul. I have been craving it ever since.
Over the year, I have been experimenting with several recipes and tweaking things. I now believe I have come up with a superb chicken enchilada soup recipe. It isn’t the same as the Plaza Cafe’s but a copycat recipe. They have their recipe (which I will totally eat again the next time we visit Santa Fe) and now, I have mine. They’re different but equally delicious.
Since the weather has finally gotten very chilly, I decided to make a pot. I got so many requests on Facebook and Instagram that I decided to share the recipe.
This recipe is not an “exact measurements” recipe. You will see me estimate a lot. This is one of the wonderful things about cooking. You don’t have to be a perfectionist Now, with baking, that isn’t exactly true. Baking is very temperamental and does require exact measurements for many ingredients. But, with most of your day-to-day meal recipes, exact measurements are not needed.
The first ingredient, chicken, is an example of not needing an exact. For example, the time before last, I used a mix of chicken breasts and chicken thighs. This time we were out of chicken thighs so I just used two chicken breasts.
Another thing I didn’t measure was chicken broth. In cooking the chicken, I just added enough to cover the chicken. Then, later, I added more until the soup reached the consistency we like.
Depending on how much chicken and broth you use, you may need to adjust your seasonings and other ingredients. This is why it is important to taste your food as you cook. Just make sure that you are tasting after your chicken is already fully cooked. You do not want to end up with food poisoning.
There is one last thing I wanted to mention about making this soup. Last year, I wrote a post with a video about how we freeze herbs so that we do not waste them. I used some of the frozen cilantro I had stored away for this exact soup. It was a wonderful way to bring a bit of fresh flavor to this comforting soup.