Friday, April 12, 2013

Jerk Chicken Soup - Or Burn Yourself Into Spring!

Its April.
How's your weather?  Ours has been SO unpredictable!
There's been no April showers bring May flowers.   More like April snow, sleet, ice brings wool socks, mittens and SOUP!

I know I hate soup.
Maybe this pregnancy is helping with my aversions? 
I'll take long as it doesn't want me to eat tripe or seafood.

They say soup warms the insides.  Let me tell you, this soup is going to warm more than your insides!  I would bet this would burn the cold right outtya.
It is certainly not for the heat challenged.

For now this is a 2 part recipe (making your jerk chicken first) but I am working on a one pot crock recipe for you to make this a simpler execution.
But really, when I make pulled jerk chicken its in mass amounts so that I can eat it, freeze it and give some to the Mr. to bring to his co-workers.  This is just an added bonus.

You will need:

1 bottle Jerk Marinade
12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 carrots
3 stalks celery
1 small/medium onion
4-6 cups fresh baby spinach
1 can white kidney beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup frozen corn kernels
6-8 cups beef broth

**If you have a favorite jerk marinade you make from scratch or you buy go ahead use it!  This recipe was for ease of execution and so I use a product called Memories of Montego Bay (a President's Choice product here in Canada)**

For the Jerk:
In a baking dish coat the chicken thighs with the marinade (you do not need an entire bottle) I estimate it to be 1 1/2 cups marinade to 12 chicken thighs.  Cover with tinfoil and bake in a preheated oven for 45 - 60 minutes.  Remove the foil, start shredding.  If you cannot easily shred the chicken toss it back in for a little longer (covered).  Once you've shredded the chicken put back into the oven for about 15-25 minutes UNCOVERED.  If you feel there is not enough liquid feel free to add a little more sauce, but with the amount of juices that will escape through baking you should be ok.

For the Soup:
Saute onions, celery and carrots together until slightly soft.  About 10 minutes on medium heat.
Add in your broth and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to a low simmer and add in as much of the shredded chicken as you'd like - I used about 1/2 to 3/4 of it (as I wanted to save some for tacos), beans, corn, tomatoes and lastly the fresh spinach. 
Let simmer 10-15 minutes then season to taste.  You will likely not need to add salt, maybe a touch of black pepper if you desire but with the jerk seasoning it permeates the broth and flavors everything!

Enjoy with a few slices of fresh crusty bread with butter and you're golden!
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