Slow-Cooker Southwestern Chicken Soup
Why This Recipe Works
To put a Southwestern spin on a healthy slow-cooker chicken soup, we built a flavorful base by skillet-browning our aromatics in a small amount of oil. This gave us the full robust flavor and complexity we were seeking and could not achieve by using the microwave alone. To give this soup a little heat, we sautéed a jalapeño chile with the onions before stirring in smoky chipotle chile, tomato paste, and spices. Deglazing the pan with a little chicken broth ensured that all the rich brown bits ended up in the slow cooker. As we slowly cooked our bone-in skinless chicken breasts, this spicy, tomatoey broth infused the meat with flavor without causing its texture to deteriorate. The addition of hominy contributed to the heartiness of this lean dish and added body to the broth. For fresh flavor and crunch we garnished each bowl with thinly sliced radishes and cilantro.