Southwestern Chicken and Butternut Squash Chowder

  • Yield: servings

Ingredients

3tablespoons olive oil
1/4cup chopped scallions ( white parts only)
1large onion, chopped
1-- fresh jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
1/2teaspoon salt
1/4teaspoon black pepper
3cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
1-- taco seasoning mix
3 1/4cups Natural Goodness Chicken broth (26 fl oz)(I prefer Swanson's)
1cup water
1-- (10 oz) Box frozen Sweet Kernal Corn (not thawed)
1can of Black Beans, rinsed and drained
2cups shredded precooked rotessire chicken
3tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
-- Salt to taste
-- Lime wedges
1-- bag Texarkana Hot pita chips(prefer Stacy's)

Instructions

Heat oil in a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then cook scallions, onion, jalapeno, salt, and pepper, stirring occasionally, until onion is pale golden, about 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel and cube butternut squash.
Add taco seasoning mix, broth, water, and squash to onion mixture and cover pot, then bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until squash is very tender, 12 to 14 minutes.
Coarsely mash squash in pot with a potato masher. Stir in corn , black beans, and chicken and simmer, uncovered, 3 minutes.
Stir in lime juice, cilantro, and salt to taste. Ladle Soup into six individual soup bowls. Serve with lime wedges and Texarkana Hot Pita Chips. Serves: 6, prep time: 15 minutes, cooking time: 25 minutes

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