Saturday, March 3, 2012

"Creamy" Crockpot Chicken and Tomato Soup

This cold, wet weather has me craving some serious comfort food. I love crock pot meals because there is usually minimal effort for maximum results. As I like to say, the juice is worth the squeeze.

This recipe is so simple it's stupid. You don't even need to thaw your chicken breasts before dumping them in the crock pot. I assembled this on Friday morning and was too un-caffinated to take pictures, but crock pot meals aren't the prettiest anyway. As always, this recipe makes a LOT! Save a couple of meals worth, and freeze the rest for nights next week that you don't want to cook. Bonus points if you freeze them in individual servings. Easy!

"Creamy" Crockpot Chicken and Tomato Soup

8 frozen skinless boneless chicken breast
2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
2 14 oz. can of coconut milk (full fat), shake before opening can to avoid separation
2 14 oz. can diced tomatoes and juice
2 cups of chicken broth
1 small can of tomato paste
1/2 jar of your favorite tomato sauce
Sea Salt and pepper to taste

Put all the above ingredients into the crock-pot, cook for 9 hours on low. After 9 hours take two forks and shred the chicken, set the crock-pot on warm till ready to serve (making sure to taste it before serving to make sure there is enough salt and pepper)
Recipe adapted from Everyday Paleo

I ate mine on top of a bed of spinach, what else is new? I really try to sneak some into every meal if I can!
Don't mind the sloppy sides of the bowl, this was my second serving. I was so hungry when I got home from RNCF I scarfed down a bowl without taking any pictures. I had to have a second bowl just for the sake of the blog, right? :)


53 comments:

  1. Uff, this chicken looks fantastic an I love that you serve it with fresh salad. Looks nice and really delish!

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  2. This looks great and I like the addition of the spinach... THANKS

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  3. I think I am going to make this over the weekend- throwing the spinach INTO the soup! I wonder when I should put it in... off to research!
    I know I'm definitely going to try it though. This might be a silly question, but does the coconut milk make this "coconutty" in flavor? I've only cooked with coconut oil and notice it tends to add a hint of flavor to things. I would love to add more Paleo recipes to our everyday after trying and failing at it last year!

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    1. Yes it does. I didn't care for the coconut flavor. Next time I'll use more broth or just water in it's place.

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    2. I would blend the spinach into the tomato sauce of choice & add it that way. Otherwise adding it after the fact is the best as it won't wilt & it's vibrant contrast colour does the best for presentation. ;)

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  4. were your chicken breasts completely frozen? my experience with crockpot chicken breasts tends to be less than favorable, but I want to keep trying! is that the secret - use frozen chicken breasts?

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  5. Krista, I use frozen chicken breasts, throw in a jar of pace picante sauce and thats it for 7-8 hours and it is perfect every time! We make a side of Mexican rice and stuff the shredded chicken in corn tortillas- it is perfect!!!! So yes it has always been a success to use frozen chkn breasts it turns out super tender!!!

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    1. I have done this as well but I put a package of taco seasoning in with it.

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  6. Is there an alternative to adding coconut milk? I don't like coconut milk... could I just add more sauce and broth? Trying to cut the calories... Would yogurt work or would it churn?

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  7. Can I substitute evaporated milk for the coconut milk?

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  8. When you say tomato sauce, do you mean a jar or marinara (like for spaghetti)? Or do you actually mean canned tomato sauce?

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  9. Mine didn't come out as tomato-y as yours...maybe you meant tomato sauce as in spaghetti topping rather than just regular old tomato...hmmmm

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  10. Can I use greek yogurt instead of coconut milk? Has anyone tried?

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  11. Made this today. It is so good! I used a can of tomato sauce for the 1/2 jar and it came out prefect.

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  12. I made it today on this snowy day in VA. Wow! Yummy and rich! I'm scared to ask, but how fattening is this?

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  13. This was delicious!
    People...don't skip the spinach!

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  14. just got the ingredients to do this tomorrow, should i put my chicken in the freezer or is not frozen also ok?

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  16. I have made this several times now and it is TO DIE FOR! My family inhales it. Best part? It's completely clean . Bravo

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  17. does anyone know if coconut milk in the can is the same as the cartoon? unsweetened but full fat? thanks!

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  18. Coconut milk in the can is NOT the same as the carton. Can't wait to try this recipe!

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  19. Would you still cook it for 9 hours if you cut the recipe in half? Thanks!

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    1. you could always cook the whole recipe and then freeze half, the chicken will freeze well.

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  20. I Want to know the same thing! I'm only cooking for 2

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  21. I don't cook with anything coconut ever.... but this recipe looks too good... is the coconut flavour very dominant?

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  22. Delicious!!!!! Does anyone have an accurate number of servings? Trying to figure out the calories in this recipe. Will post when I figure it out!

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  23. Do you cook this on high or low in the crock pot for 9 hours?

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    1. Looks like she said "low" above. I almost missed that too ;)

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  24. I made this without the coconut milk and used evaporated milk instead,and used spaghetti sauce then added a handful of wild rice 1 hr before serving It was wonderful!

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  25. I've never froze meals - what do you freeze soups like this in? Thanks! :)

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    1. I've frozen soups in Ziploc bags. Just let it cool before you put it in.

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  26. this was good. but the reality that people want to make this much is false. you should give instructions for a normal serving. 8 chicken breasts? i'm not rich! only need two, thanks.

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  27. This was really good! I added mushrooms and cabbage for extra substance. I also used one cup of beef broth and one cup of chicken broth. I left the tomato sauce out and added tobasco sauce for a little bite. I will definitely make this again!

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  28. I am trying this tonight. Yum! I think I will add kale instead of spinach. Let you know how it turns out!

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  29. made this tonight for myself...i cut it in half but still have leftovers--4 chicken breasts, 1 can coconut milk, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 cup chicken broth. and its FABULOUS!!!!

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  30. What if I use leftover rotissire chicken; does it need to cook so long?

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  31. I made this for myself (I'm doing South Beach) and figured my family would make something else for themselves. They gave it a try and everyone loved it! I'm making my second batch tonight because it was such a success!

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  32. I made this for dinner last night - holy beans. It's SO good! I asked my husband if it was good enough to make again... he asked if I could make it at least once a week. Thanks for sharing this!

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  33. Delish!! It has my hubby and 2 year old going back for more and even got better the next day for lunch! Thanks for the recipe!

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  34. I made this last night, total success! I made half the recipe and my chicken breast were already thawed. I ended up cooking it for 6 hours on low. I would probably make more of the liquid next time, just because I like the chicken to soup ratio that way. I just finished it off for lunch.... very filling. Thanks for a great and super easy recipe!

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    1. Thanks! I have non-frozen chicken as well, going to try this today!!!!

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  35. This is THE BEST soup ever... when I don't have some on hand I find myself CRAVING it!! Some tweaks I made (because I'm a LAZY cook) I omitted the onion because I didn't have any, used light coconut milk from the can, can of tomato sauce and added a tablespoon of red pepper flakes, not even sure if red pepper flakes are paleo... the red pepper flakes add a teeny tiny amount of heat that is barely there, but enough to get that flavor punch. Not sure how the original straight from the recipe tastes, but the stuff that I ended up with is AMAZING and super filling. I usually put a cup of baby kale in a bowl, pour a cup of hot soup over it and let it sit for a minute to wilt the kale just a bit and it is SO GOOD! Plus it is easy to freeze in individual containers to take for lunches- by the time lunch comes around it is thawed enough to microwave.

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  36. I love love love this recipe.
    I was on the Candida diet earlier this year and made this soup several times. It's so easy, especially for a college student to throw together in the morning and it's so delicious.

    A small tweak that I've made is to pull out the chicken once it's done, and take at least half of the "chunky" soup (tomatoes, onions, etc) and throw it in the blender to make the soup a bit more smooth and creamy, but you still have a hearty soup at the end of the day. So wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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  38. My family really enjoyed this, much to everyone's surprise! We are usually not tomato soup eaters, but we all devoured this. I did link to this recipe on my blog, and I used a photo, with a link to you under the photo. I didn't include the recipe on my post so that readers will have to come here--you deserve the traffic! Thanks for sharing this recipe. http://www.asmanyasgiven.com/2014/01/the-only-pins-that-matter.html

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  39. Here's the link to the recipe on everydaypaleo.com: http://everydaypaleo.com/another-budget-friendly-paleo-meal-by-erika-creamy-chicken-tomato-crockpot-soup/

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  40. Just put it in the crock pot this morning. Looks like it will be wonderful! I accidentally bought Coconut cream instead of coconut milk so I only used about 3/4 of one can. I love the thought of eating it over spinach. Can't wait for dinner tonight and the next week of lunch :)

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  41. Can you figure out the nutrition facts for this recipe? I don't know how to put it in My Fitness Pal. Thanks!

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  42. This is a good site for calculating nutrition data:
    http://nutritiondata.self.com/mynd/myrecipes/welcome?returnto=/mynd/myrecipes

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  43. I made this soup last week and the coconut flavor is so faint that it isn't even an issue! I love coconut but with 2 cans of coconut milk in this I was concerned it would taste too coconutty:) Not the case at all, it was delicious, tastes like something you would get at a high end restaurant. Delicious! I do wonder though, since coconut milk is so high in calories, if I could cut the calories using Almond milk. Next time I make this I may try that, since I am always calorie conscious:)

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  44. Made it just like recipe suggested. Had it on top of grits. My family absolutely loved it!!

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