2.07.2010

Spicy chicken lentil soup

A few days ago I hopped over to see what Pam was cooking up in her kitchen. She had made a fantastic sausage and lentil soup. I was instantly in love with this recipe and come hell or soup hating husband, I was making this soup! :D

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I took a quick trip to Trader Joe's (without recipe in hand) to find the lentils Pam used for her yummy soup, but arrived home only to find I was missing a lot of the other required ingredients...the sausage for one. Instead of wasting my gasoline and making an even larger carbon footprint, I just used what I already had on hand.

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I simmered my soup in the crockpot all day and I must say, I love the way it came out. It had the most wonderful flavor! And the best part...my darling husband didn't utter a single word of complaint! In fact, I could have sworn I saw him sneak into the kitchen for a second bowl!

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Spicy Chicken Lentil Soup
inspired by For the Love of Cooking

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2 tsp olive oil
2 carrots, diced
2 cloves of minced garlic
1 can of Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups vegetable broth
3 cups prepared lentils
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, very thinly sliced
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried oregano
2 bay leaves
1 pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
cracked pepper
fresh or dried parsley

Place all ingredients into a large slow cooker. Set to low and cook for 5-6 hours. Remove the bay leaf. Ladle several cups of soup into a blender and pulse briefly, return to the slow cooker; this helps to thicken the soup a bit. An immersion blender would be easier for this, but if you don't have one the blender will work fine.

Garnish with parsley. Serve with a nice crusty bread for a warm, hearty meal.

Thanks for the inspiration, Pam!



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35 comments:

Michelle said...

What a gorgeous soup! Love the substitution of chicken too.

jenjen said...

That soup looks delicious Kim! Yummy. Have a great week my friend!

XOX
Jen

Simply Mel said...

I'm a HUGE lentil fan!

KennyT said...

It must be joyful to see the loved ones enjoying the food you cooked for them!

Angie's Recipes said...

How I love the lentil soup! With chicken is even more flavourful and better!

Pam said...

Well, I'm not too keen on lentils, but others have been raving about the soup, so I will give it a try!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love Pam's recipes!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

The chicken was a great sub - very comforting indeed!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Rotel and lentils. How clever. We love both and I'll have to give this a try.
Sam

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love hearty soups!

Cathy said...

This soup looks delicious, Kim. I saw it on Pam's blog and printed it out already. You've inspired me to make a pot.

Allyson said...

I can how simmering in the crock pot would make a huge difference in the way this soup comes out. I'm not a huge lentil fan but Neal is, so we'll give this a try on our next snowday. Also? I learned an important lesson this week that I think you would appreciate (remember that I've only been truly cooking since the wedding day...3 years ago..up until then it was mac and cheese from the box and baked potatoes)...stew beef is NOT for cooking quickly and then serving in chili. HA! You will chew for DAYS. I didn't know...I was just trying to use the rest of it before it went bad. I need a list of kitchen tips...seeing as my mother and cooking were arch-enemies.

And chocolate covered Ruffles? TOTALLY the way to go. Salt + chocolate = Paradise on steroids

Kate said...

Umm...yum! Soup is perfect for a cold, rainy day. I enjoy lentils..will have to print this one.

TKW said...

This sounds healthy and warming! I could use a bowl of this on such a snowy day!

Destiny said...

I love spicy lentil soup. Unfortunately, I'm the only one who will eat lentils.

5 Star Foodie said...

The soup sounds so flavorful and spicy! Perfect for these wintery days!

teresa said...

mmm pure comfort! i love how you made this. now we just have to figure out how to convert our hubbies to soup lovers!

Randi Troxell said...

i would love this so much..

it looks awesome!

Joanne said...

Ha! Mission accomplished. Looks like a beautiful soup. So healthy and hearty.

Juliana said...

Yummie, this soup looks so tasty...haven't cooked lentil for a while...time to get into it ;-)

Julie said...

Wow, sounds easy and delicious! My favorite combo :)

pigpigscorner said...

This soup looks so inviting!

Katy ~ said...

Glad to see the soup-hating husband might've been sneaking a second bowl, grins. Now that's a testimonial. The soup looks absolutely delicious, full of goodness. Well done!

Janice said...

Ha, that's a meal in a bowl! Bet your husband didn't even realise it was soup. Looks delicious - no cheesy bread though lol!

Jen said...

I have always wanted to cook with lentils but didn't know how or what to make. This looks perfect!

A Year on the Grill said...

That's a wonderful soup... so much stuff, love it!

Barbara Bakes said...

I love the smell of soup simmering in the crockpot all day. It looks wonderful!

Mini Baker said...

mmm i LOVE spicy food and my boyfriend LOVES lentils... so we just might have to have this recipe this week!
-Mini

noble pig said...

It's a beauty.

Tara said...

You make meals that are healthy but always LOOK GOOD, too!

Faith said...

This looks so hearty and delicious! I love how you used what you had on hand -- those are the best recipes!

Table Talk said...

I've never heard of anyone who didn't like soup! Well, if your husband liked it, it must be fantastic.
I am a huge soup lover.

Claudia said...

Never met a soup I didn't like. I am thinking of doing something similar with some leftover pork chops. This is healthy comfort.

Anonymous said...

Great recipe! My family loved this soup! We ate it with cornbread. Wonderful blend of flavors and texture!

Anonymous said...

Loved it. I doubled the chicken, carrots and lentils. Used red lentils and added 1 can of garbanzo, 1 can of kidney beans and about 8 cubed down red potatoes at the end. I recommend being a little aggressive with the cracked and red pepper for a nice finish. I'm thinking a little barley might be good for next time. Thank you!

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