This chicken and avocado soup recipe is sponsored by Avocados from Mexico and The Motherhood but all opinions expressed are my own.
Have you ever gotten together with friends for a pot lock meal and been awed by someone else’s creation? Sometimes, I am amazed at the different types of recipes that people can come up with when given the same ingredients. One person may see peanut butter as a dessert ingredient while another might see it as part of a spicy dip for chicken. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating new recipes out of a few basic foods. I was recently asked to get together with a few other Atlanta bloggers to see what we could create with avocados. And not just any avocados, either. Our food blogger mission was to create a cool recipe using Avocados from Mexico and then share the recipes with each other and with our readers.
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Avocados are extremely versatile. They can be eaten alone or used in many different types of tasty recipes. Fresh avocados go great on sandwiches, toast or even as a substitute for higher calorie spreads to reduce your intake of calories fat, sodium and cholesterol. Avocados contain what is called ‘good fats’….the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fast that we are supposed to be eating. One ounce (3 slices) of an avocado has only 50 calories but contributes almost 20 different vitamins and miners to your diet. They have a wonderful flavor and an incredibly creamy texture which I absolutely love!
Avocados are really easy to prepare. You want to find one that is dark in color and firm but gives slightly when you press gently on it. Hold the avocado in the palm of your hand and gently slice all the way around the middle with a large knife. There will be a large pit in the middle so don’t try cutting all the way through! When the cut is made all the way around, twist the two halves in opposite directions and they will pop right apart! On one side you will see the large pit…use your knife to remove it. I sortof chop the sharp end of the knife right into the pit and then turn. It will come out easily! Scoop the soft center out of the avocado with a large spoon and then dice. Very easy!
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For my recipe, I chose to combine a few of my favorite flavors from some classic Mexican dishes. I made this as a ‘top your own’ soup recipe to give my kids a chance to get creative and have some control over their meal. Top your own dishes are always a big hit in my house! I used fresh cilantro, chopped avocado, crushed tortilla chips and spoonfuls of fresh lime juice to create the finished product.
Chicken and Avocado Soup
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 8 cloves garlic,minced
- 4 fresh jalapeno peppers, chopped
- 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into bit sized pieces
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 avocado - peeled, pitted and diced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 cup crushed tortilla chips
- In a large stock pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.
- Add in chopped onion, minced garlic and diced jalapenos
- Saute 4 to 5 minutes or until onions are translucent
- Add in cubed chicken and cook until almost done, about 5 minutes
- Add in stock and tomatoes and bring to a boil
- Turn down heat and simmer 10 minutes
- Add salt and black pepper to taste
- To serve, spoon into bowls and top with crushed tortilla chips, cilantro, chopped avocado and 2 TBSP (or to taste) fresh lime juice.
For our #AmazingAvoCinco recipe swap, I got together with some other great Atlanta area bloggers via a Google hangout. It was a fun way to show off what we made without the stress of a drive, traffic, scheduling, etc. Who joined the recipe swap with me and what did they make? Here are a few of their creations…head over to their blogs to get the recipes!
Are you an fan of Avocados from Mexico?
If you like avocados as much as I do, here are a few fun contests from Avocados from Mexico that you may want to enter!
Avocados from Mexico are available year round and right now they are having a Pinterest Contest! From Tuesday, April 16th to Friday May 3rd you can enter the “Most Amazing Cinco Fiesta” Pinterest contest. All you have to do is create a “Most Amazing Cinco Fiesta” Pinterest board to highlight all the key elements that you think are needed to make a perfect Cinco de Mayo celebration. The grand prize winner for the best board will receive a $500 gift card, while two weekly winners receiver a $50 gift card and some authentic molcajete.
From April 26th through May 5th Avocados from Mexico has a quiz you can take on their Facebook page. It is a quirky and interactive way to identify with the Amazing Avocado. How? The quiz links your unique personality traits to avocado based recipes with similar characteristics! Possible avocado personalities include Rocker Guac-er, Classically Cool, Sweetheart Style, and Globe Trotter. Which one do you think you are? Take the Avocados from Mexico Facebook Quiz and find out!
Avocados from Mexico would like to give one of my readers a $100 Visa gift card! That is a LOT of avocados you can buy! This is a Giveaway Tools contest so just follow the directions in the form below to enter!
Disclaimer: I was compensated for providing you with this information as part of a campaign through The Motherhood and Avocados from Mexico. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.