Hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup
- 1 5 lb rotisserie chicken
Pull and shred all of the meat from the legs, thighs, wings and breasts of the chicken. Place in a large soup pot and discard remains.
- 2 32 oz containers unsalted chicken stock
- 2 15 1/2 oz jars mild salsa
- 2 15 1/4 oz cans kernel corn
- 2 16 oz cans traditional refried beans
Add to soup pot with chicken and mix very well so that refried beans are incorporated into the chicken stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, cool completely and refrigerate in a tightly sealed container.
The Day Before your Celebration
- 1/2 cup uncooked white rice
- 1/2 cup sugar (optional, see comment below)
- 1 box vanilla instant pudding
Mix all of these ingredients and pour into a 2 1/2 quart baking dish. Place on oven rack and then pour in a second quart of milk. (It's just easier to handle this way.)
Bake at 325 for 2 1/2 hours. During the first hour, stir twice. Stir every 15 - 20 minutes during the next hour and a half. During the last 1/2 hour add 3/4 cup of raisins (optional). Remove from oven, cool completely, cover with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and refrigerate.
It's a very good idea to make this the day before because all the flavors meld together if it sits for a day.
If you'd rather not use a rotisserie chicken, an alternative is to poach chicken breasts in chicken stock and then cube or chop them up for the soup. For this amount of chicken stock you would need 4-6 chicken breasts and would poach them in 64 oz of chicken stock.
It's also a good idea to make it the day before so that you are not running around doing everything the day of your celebration. You have a lot of chopping ahead of you!
If you use the rotisserie chicken it saves time and adds flavor to the soup. Really, cooking the chicken yourself needlessly creates more work.
Boy this rice pudding is time consuming. Let's just say your celebration is on Saturday so you are making this Friday night. Here's what I'd do to break up the task. As soon as you get home from work mix all the ingredients together and get this in the oven. Set your timer for each interval between stirrings. So in the first hour set the timer for 1/2 hour stir and then set it for the next 1/2 hour. You get the idea. Meanwhile, open a bottle of wine, relax with your sweetheart or family and order in or send someone out for pizza or chinese food.
Yes, it's tedious but super yummy! One more thing, if you don't have a 2 1/2 quart baking dish, you can use one of those disposable aluminum roasting pans. Just make sure it is not too big. The rice pudding should be at least 2-3 inches deep in the pan when it's baking. Also, if you like your rice pudding a little less sweet you can eliminate the 1/2 cup sugar. The vanilla pudding adds sweetness to the recipe.
Everyday Divas Celebrations
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