Wednesday, January 16, 2013

BBQ Chicken Pizza Soup

I know this soup sounds a little trippy, but just think about the flavor combination of a BBQ chicken pizza for a minute. Chicken, cilantro, BBQ sauce, onions, etc. Why not make it into a soup?

I think the only thing that weirded me out about this soup was that I would practically be drinking BBQ sauce. But really, what's wrong with that?

You probably can't tell, but the white in this picture is a fresh blanket of snow on my porch table. (Yes I take pictures outside on my balcony, hoping no one is watching me.) This was the day a massive snowstorm hit us last week with almost two feet of snow. It was awesome, but mostly because I was inside devouring this soup.

Yes, devouring. Definitely one of my top two favorite soups. It's that good.

BBQ Chicken Pizza Soup
Slightly Adapted from Picky Palate
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced
1 cup corn, drained if canned, rinsed if frozen (I used Trader Joes' frozen Super Sweet Corn)
1 large chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup BBQ sauce (I recommend Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory & Brown Sugar)
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

1. Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the corn and chicken breast; stir to combine. Pour in chicken broth, BBQ sauce, salt, pepper, garlic salt and cilantro leaves.
2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, until ready to serve. Garnish each bowl with mozzarella cheese and cilantro, if desired.

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