Easy Dinner Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

September 16, 2014

This week on Foodista we are sharing easy slow cooker soup recipes to help you get through the busiest of weeks.  Chicken enchilada soup only requires 10 minutes of prep time and then it's smooth sailing from there.  Aside from searing the chicken breasts and thighs, the rest of the cooking is done in the crock pot.  This meal is lighter than traditional enchiladas and naturally gluten-free.  If you are into making meals ahead of time, this soup can last in the fridge for up to 5 days or kept in the freezer for up to 3 months.  This warm and comforting soup is best served on a cool fall evening.

If you missed yesterday's slow cooker potato and corn chowder, click here for the recipe.

Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup

1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 cups chicken stock or low sodium chicken broth
1 10-ounce can red enchilada sauce
2 (14-ounce) cans low sodium or no salt added black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, with juice
1 (15-ounce) can low sodium or no salt added whole-kernel corn, drained and rinsed
1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
2 cloves garlic, finely minced 
1 small white onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Optional Garnishes:
sliced avocado
shredded cheddar cheese or crumbled cotija cheese
sour cream
tortilla strips/chips

Heat a skillet over medium high heat, place a tablespoon or two of oil in the pan, just enough to coat the bottom.  Season the chicken breasts and thighs with salt and pepper.  Sear the chicken for 3 to 5 minutes and then flip to the other side.  Cook another few minutes.  Remove the chicken from the pan and let rest while you prepare the other ingredients.

Add all the chicken stock, enchilada sauce, tomatoes, corn, black beans, green chiles, garlic, onion and cumin to a slow cooker and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.  Add the chicken to the slow cooker and cook the soup for 3-4 hours on high heat or 6-8 hours on low heat, until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily. Use two forks to shred the chicken. Stir in the freshly chopped cilantro just before serving.  Serve with avocado, cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips.

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