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2 Best Chicken Recipes (Chicken Tortilla Soup & Buffalo Chicken Dip)

Updated on May 9, 2014
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Hot Chicken season coming up...

With the cold weather coming our way and football season upon us, we need some good recipes to celebrate and what better ingredient to include in good recipes than chicken? Chicken just makes everything better. Here are a couple excellent chicken recipes that are super easy to make and perfect for the season.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken Tortilla Soup | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 8

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cans (14 ounce) chicken broth
  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • 1 can (10.75 ounce) cream chicken soup
  • 1 cup prepared salsa
  • 4 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, boiled, drained and shredded
  • 1 can (15 ounce) black beans, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounce) kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounce) corn, drained
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 packet (1.27 ounce) fajita seasoning
  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • 8 ounces monteray jack cheese, grated
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Instructions

  1. The first thing you need to do is prepare your ingredients. Go ahead and mince the garlic (unless you bought it already prepared), chop up the onion and grate your cheese.
  2. Melt the butter in a very large pot over medium heat. When it is all melted, add the garlic and the onion and saute for about 5 minutes until the onion turns soft and appears clear.
  3. Add the flour and stir often, cooking for only one minute
  4. Add the broth and half-and-half.
  5. Stir in the cream of chicken soup until it is well blended.
  6. Add your choice of salsa. (This recipe calls for one cup, but I added two. It gave the soup for of a “salsa” flavor.)
  7. Drain and rinse beans and corn and add them to the soup along with the shredded chicken. (I boiled my chicken prior to starting the soup and then just tore it into strips and tossed it in the soup when it was ready.)
  8. Add the cumin and fajita seasoning and stir well. (At this point, I added a cup or two of the grated cheese. The original recipe uses the cheese for after the soup is prepared, though. Either way is fine.)
  9. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
  10. When the soup is finished, add some tortilla chips to a small bowl and pour some soup over top of it. Sprinkle some grated cheese on top and a spoonful of sour cream and Voila! You have some delicious soup to enjoy on those cold nights.

NOTE:

Note: This recipe makes a LOT of soup. It's perfect for a large family but if you don't want that much you can half the ingredients to make less.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

A tasty chicken dip to enjoy in the football season
A tasty chicken dip to enjoy in the football season | Source

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: about 30-40 minutes

Ready in: 40-50 minutes

Texas Pete Hot Sauce, 12 Ounce

Ingredients

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 bottle (12 ounce) of hot sauce (Texas Pete Hot Sauce is perfect)
  • 1 bottle (16 ounce) of ranch dressing
  • 2 packages (8 ounce ) of cream cheese (softened at room temperature)
  • 1 package (8 ounce) of shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Boil the chicken until tender. Allow to cool and then shred into small inch long pieces. (I use kitchen scissors to cut up the chicken, it's much easier).
  2. Put the chicken pieces into a 13x9 inch pan and add the entire bottle of hot sauce. Mix around until all the chicken is coated in the hot sauce.
  3. In a saucepan, heat up the ranch dressing and cream cheese on medium heat. Keep stirring until mixture is completely smooth.
  4. Pour evenly over the chicken.
  5. Sprinkle the entire bag of cheddar cheese evenly on top of the ranch dressing/cream cheese mixture.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until the cheese is bubbly. Be careful not to keep it in too long. You don't want the cheese to start to turn brown.
  7. Allow to cool a little bit and then mix it all up and put it in a large serving bowl.
  8. Open up a bag of tortilla chips and enjoy!

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      Nimesh De Silva 3 years ago

      @torrilynn

      I love chicken recipes too. Thanks for the awesome comment.

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      nice chicken recipes. I absolutely love anything chicken or anything that has a chicken flavor. thanks. voted up.

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      Nimesh De Silva 3 years ago

      @Vacation Trip

      I do love them too. You are very welcome.

      @peachpurple

      Exactly. Chicken soup is so delicious. Perfect for cold weather.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      delicious recipe for cold weather. Had been raining lately. These chicken recipes could warm up our stomach.

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      I love anything with chicken. Great hub. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.