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Slow-Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup

I have been cooking my entire life. I grew up around amazing home cooks, and my father is still the best chef I know.

Slow-cooker chicken fajita soup might be one of my favorite invented-by-necessity recipes yet!

Slow-cooker chicken fajita soup might be one of my favorite invented-by-necessity recipes yet!

Ahhhh, the simplicity of the slow cooker. Personally, it's one of my favorite things! Crock pots make it easy to get a delicious meal on the table without having to put in much time or effort. Just set it and forget it!

Yesterday was one of those days: It was Thursday, but I was ready for Friday. I didn't want to get out of bed, and I certainly didn't want to think about what I was going to make us for dinner. So I dragged myself out of bed and dug through the pantry and fridge before running off to work—and boom, chicken fajita soup was it! I rummaged around the fridge and freezer and found a few things that I had on-hand, like a bell pepper, jalapeño, onion, garlic, and some chicken stock, and then found some fajita seasoning in the pantry and thought, "Well, this could work!"

Simple, healthy, filling, and warm (so necessary since it was 15˚F outside yesterday). So I decided to run with it, and so glad I did because it turned out wonderful!

Now, if you have read any of my other recipes, you know that I love versatility and am not very big on just staying in the lines, so add more ingredients if you like! In fact, I ended up throwing in some southwest corn, black beans, a little heavy cream, cheddar cheese, and cilantro that I had in the fridge that I needed to get rid of. I also garnished with a little sour cream, green onion, and hot sauce! But by all means, make it your own!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

8 hours

8 hours 10 min

About 4 to 6 bowls, depending on the size

Ingredients

  • 1 big or 2 small boneless, skinless chicken breast(s), frozen
  • 1 bell pepper (whatever color), chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped (if you want less heat, remove ribs and seeds)
  • 1 packet fajita seasoning
  • 32 ounces chicken stock
  • Cilantro, add about 5 minutes before serving (if you add it in the beginning, it will wilt)

Instructions

  1. Place frozen chicken in the crock pot along with all the chopped veggies (in this case, bell pepper, onion, garlic, jalapeno).
  2. Add the chicken stock. Set to low for 7 to 8 hours or high for 4 to 5 hours.
  3. When the chicken breast is fully cooked, shred and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

You can make a double batch and freeze the leftovers in a freezer-safe bag or tupperware for up to a month. Perfect for the days you want an easy dinner!

Calorie Counts for Each Ingredient

ItemAmountCalories

Chicken Breast

1 cup

231

Chicken Stock

2 cups

22

Bell Pepper

1 cup

28

Jalapeno

1

4

Onion

Large

44

Garlic

2 cloves

9

Fajita Seasoning

1 packet

8

 

Total:

347 per serving (about 2 cups)

© 2017 Kristyn McMahon