Simple Crock Pot Chicken Soup with a Kick – 4 Ingredients!

It’s as if this soup knew we needed it in our lives. As if somehow, in the mysterious ways only known to soup, it recognized that many days of the week are busy, and our time in the kitchen is limited, but we still want a hearty meal as the sun goes down. Therefore, on the day we needed it most, this soup arrived, begging us to make it on a morning we are still half-asleep and thinking about the other items on our agenda for the day.crock-pot-chicken-soup-with-a-kickThis soup! I don’t think I’ve ever made one that takes less effort or energy. I didn’t even thaw the chicken ahead of time. I had all four ingredients already in my home because I almost always have:

  • boneless chicken
  • salsa
  • chicken broth
  • cheese

I didn’t have to chop, stir, measure, or think. I put the ingredients into my crock pot, plugged it in (always recommended), turned it on, and walked away. Six hours later we sat down and ate soup.

If all of life was as easy as this soup, we would all turn into lazy, squishy people. Seeing as most days we are going-going-going, I don’t think we need to fear the squish. But this soup? It’s got our back at the end of a busy day, because it recognizes all we do and it’s here to say, “Dinner? No problem. I’m here for you. Sit down with your family. Eat. Enjoy.”

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Simple Crock Pot Chicken Soup with a Kick - 4 Ingredients!
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 16-ounces salsa (more or less is fine)
  • 32 ounces (1 quart) chicken broth
  • 8 ounces cheese (cheddar, Colby jack, Monterrey, Pepper jack - whichever you prefer)
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a crock pot.
  2. Cook on hi for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8.
  3. Shred chicken and serve.

What to serve with this Chicken Soup with a Kick:

  • Tossed salad
  • Fresh fruit

Consider adding to your bowl of Chicken Soup with a Kick:

  • Crushed tortilla chips
  • Sour Cream
  • Sliced Olives
  • Black Beans
  • Corn

This soup will work wonderfully to serve to guests. It is seriously delicious and need I remind you? You don’t have to thaw the chicken ahead of time. I mean, you can if you want. But why plan ahead when this soup doesn’t require it?

This recipe, for sure, will be one of my go-to recipes this fall and winter.

Hopefully you also saw the Simple Baked Salmon and Asparagus recipe I posted earlier this week. If you’re wondering if there’s some kind of theme going on – perhaps a conspiracy to force us put healthy meals on the table with very little effort – you are right on track. Meals that take just a few minutes to prepare. Healthy food ideas and guides that prevent us from spending hours in the kitchen. Plans to save our family time. Oh yes. This is definitely in the works.

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Soup or Smoothies? I Can’t Decide

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March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.  I learned that in Kansas in first grade when my teacher Mrs. Howell explained the concept, then gave us paper plates to make lion and lamb faces.  We hung them on the wall in the back of the room above the coat rack.  (I remember pointless things.)

I’ve since learned that typically in Nebraska, March comes in like a lion and acts like a lion all month and goes out like a lion and greets April like a lion and once in a while a little lamb pokes it soft little head out just long enough to tease the lion.  But this year the lamb appears to be a bit more feisty than the lion because the sun is shining and we’re having some unusually warm weather.  The boys have been going outside in shorts because they can.  We’ve been shooting hoops in the driveway with the sun in our eyes.  Awesomeness.

For the first time in months, a smoothie sounds good, especially after playing or working outside.  But then we come back into my house and guess what?  Brrrrr!  The house hasn’t caught up yet with the outside weather.  What should we expect?  It is still getting pretty cold at night.

So sweaters or shorts?  Flip flops or boots?  Iced coffee or hot?  Soup or smoothies?

I’m thinking both.  Lions and lambs can be friends, can’t they?  Here’s what I’m celebrating during this fun collision of lion and lamb during the month of March:

1.  THE SUN IS SHINING, even during the cold parts of the day.  I heart sunshine.  I’ve probably mentioned that here before.
2. I can enjoy baking and grilling at the same time.  This doesn’t happen in the winter or the summer.
3.  There are no bugs yet because they haven’t yet realized that it’s warm enough to come out and crawl on us.
4.  Soup and smoothies taste good together.

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Today I present to you, in honor of The Month of Crazy Weather, our favorite soup and smoothie recipes.  You just never know when you’ll need one or the other or both at the same time.

Soup

Smoothies (and other fun, cold drinks)

While looking through my archives, I realize that I actually have very few smoothie recipes here.  That’s because I just throw in whatever fruit we have, which makes smoothies at our house “non-recipe” items.

What are you experiencing at your house?  Lion or lamb?  Soup or smoothie?  Boot or flip-flop?

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Share Your Story: Getting Ahead For a Healthy Breakfast

Welcome to one of our newest features here at Heavenly Homemakers! I love hearing the stories of how you are using the recipes you find on our site or in our books. Do you have a story to share? Take a picture or two, then email me with the details of how you use your favorite Heavenly Homemaker recipe. :)

Share Your Heavenly Homemakers Recipe Story

Lori sent this in last week – a wonderful inspiration to all of us as we begin busy school years:

With school starting next week, I’ve been spending some time in the kitchen. I like breakfast to be as quick and simple as possible. My husband is usually in charge of feeding the kids while I’m getting ready for work. When I asked my kids (Kaylee-11 and Blake-8) what I should have available for breakfasts when school starts, they both said Breakfast Cookies.  Silly question, I know. These cookies have been a staple at our house since I discovered the recipe a few years ago. Kaylee has actually been asking for them all summer. She will be thrilled to come home from camp to find the freezer stocked with her beloved cookies.

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Blake is the happy taste tester! 
Elias, our 12 year old, walked through my office as I was prepping this post. He was excited to see:
  1. All the food in the picture. Elias likes looking at food as much as I do. :)
  2. My cookbook in the picture. “Hey look, it’s your book!”
  3. Blake’s glasses are almost identical to his. Love of breakfast cookies and matching glasses? I think they’d get along just fine. :)

Can’t wait to hear from more of you. Share your stories!

Let’s Do This! Join the Getting Ahead {Dinner} Challenge

I loved reading about all that you did last week to get ahead for breakfast! When I extend a challenge, you all really do jump right in. Thanks for making this so much fun! I’m sure your family thanks you too. But who really benefits the most from getting ahead? You and I. Yes indeed.  The pay off for our efforts is that we make our kitchen work so much easier. Sweet!

Feel free to continue getting ahead with breakfast foods. (Yes, you have my permission.)  Our Getting Ahead eCourse and eBook can help.  Now we’re moving on to the evening meal, the Getting Ahead for Dinner Challenge. Feel free to call this a Supper Challenge if you prefer. I grew up calling it supper, but now I call it dinner, but that’s a post I already wrote a few years ago. :)

Who’s with me?! Let’s Do This!

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What’s involved in this challenge? Anything that will help you put a healthy meal on the table in the evening a little bit faster or with a little less effort.

Some Getting Ahead for Dinner ideas:

And those are just a few ideas. There are so many tasks you can do ahead of time to make your dinnertimes easier. (Lesson one and two – well all the lessons really – in the Let’s Do This! eCourse will give you more guidance.)

I’m planning to get a few casseroles made this weekend to help with busy days the next couple of weeks. It is SO nice to effortlessly grab a frozen casserole out of the freezer to heat up for dinner.

Let’s hear it!  What are you going to make to get ahead for dinner? (Or do you prefer to call it supper?)