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Recipe Review: Smoky Peanut and Chicken Soup

Here is another rave review about a soup from the best soup cookbook ever, 300 Sensational Soups. This one is the Smoky Peanut and Chicken Soup, page 224.

It is delicious. Make it. Done.

And be sure to scroll down to see Abbi aka Skittle in her Skittle costume! I blogged about it on Tuesday here.

Honestly, the only think I could think of to do to this soup would be to adjust the spiciness by increasing or decreasing the amount of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce that you use. Β But for me, the heat level was just right — present, flavorful, enjoyable, but not obnoxious. I like things on the milder side, so we’ll rate this as a 2 out of 5 on the spiciness scale. A lot like Pace Mild Picante Sauce for those of you in the US. I am sure my husband wouldn’t be able to taste any heat, but he’s into the level of spiciness that makes you break a sweat, while I prefer to NEVER break a sweat. Ever.

You might remember this post, where I chopped up a whole can of chiles in adobo sauce and froze them in 1-chile cubes. I have loved having these on hand for exactly times like this. I needed just one of the 12-chile equivalent that a small can holds. Previously, the rest of the can would hang out in the frig until we either thought to freeze it (whole, in a plastic container — inconvenient!) or it spoiled. Now, as long as I can locate the freezer bag with these icy gems of flavor I am all set to use 1, 2, 3, or however many chiles I need, and with no chopping needed. Β WIN!

This soup couldn’t be simpler to assemble, either. The basic saute step for onions, etc., then adding liquids and peanut butter and shredded chicken… prepare the garnishes at serving time. You can use any shredded cooked chicken. I baked some of the frozen chicken breasts I had on hand, but leftovers or even a purposefully purchase rotisserie chicken keep it simpler still.

My son loved the soup so much that he texted me a compliment, and he didn’t even use the lime wedge and roasted peanuts it is intended to be finished with. He would love it even more with those! Here it is with a generous squeeze of lime and peanuts on top…. got your spoon ready?

And you will love this Smoky Peanut and Chicken Soup also. I can’t wait to get back home to dig one of the containers out of the freezer and dig in. However, it is a small degree of “can’t wait” because I’m back in Arizona visiting Becca and the sunshine and warmth and her company have a great pull on me :)

And now for a quick follow up to my Tuesday post, the Skittle costume for our sweet little Skittle we waited for all last year! I never got to try it on Abbi as I was making it, so the first fitting is this final wearing! Sam provided the pictures for me — thanks, kiddo!

My favorite? Middle right! Happy First Halloween, Abbi! It gets better when you get to eat some candy ;)

Gail

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