Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Southwest Chicken Soup AND a Book Birthday

Yes, I'm celebrating because the last book in my Rocky Mountain Heroes series releases today!
Learning to trust can be the greatest adventure.

She’s always played it safe…Can he reach her guarded heart?

Ready to open his camp for young cancer patients, Daniel Stephens must impress foundation overseer Blythe McDonald to ensure she approves funding for next year. But the cautious former cancer patient was once let down by a similar program, and she’ll leave no stone unturned in her evaluation. Can he convince her his camp is worthy of the money…and that he’s worthy of her love?

I love this story so much. When God first laid it on my heart, I didn't think I could write it. But you know how God is, He likes to get His way. The good news is that He always equips us. He graciously put people in my life just when I needed them.

But enough about that, because I'm on a deadline. It's also cool again, which means I can not only make soup, I can do it in the CrockPot. And when you're short on time, that's a win-win.

Another wonderful thing about this Southwest Chicken Soup is that it's low-fat. Score one for the old waistline!

Here's what you'll need:
  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used 3 this time)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 - 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 
  • 1 - 28 oz can diced tomatoes (I used the petite diced)
  • 1 - 10 oz can Ro-tel diced tomatoes with green chilies (they have original, mild and spicier varieties; I use original, but it you want the flavor but not the spice, use the mild)
  • 3 cups chicken broth (I prefer the low-sodium variety)
  • 1 - 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1-2 cups frozen corn
Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of a CrockPot or slow cooker.
Sprinkle with chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
Add tomatoes, Ro-tel, chicken broth, black beans tomato paste, onion and bell pepper.
Stir, trying not to disturb the chicken.
Cover and cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8 hours.
See, I told you it was easy. Now you have the rest of the day to write.

Approximately and hour to an hour and a half before cooking is done, stir in the frozen corn.
You could add it at the beginning, if you prefer, but I like a little crunch to my corn.
When cooking time is up, remove chicken breasts and shred the meat.
Return meat to slow cooker, stir and serve.
Yum! My tummy is happy.

Now it's time to chat. Has God ever given you a task you felt ill-equipped for? Did you throw up your hands or forge ahead, holding lightly to His hand?

Three time Carol Award finalist Mindy Obenhaus lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, the youngest of her five children and two dogs. She passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. When she's not writing, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Learn more a mindyobenhaus.com.


  1. I am in love with that beautiful cover and the recipe.

    Aren't these new covers gorgeous???? Happy dancing for you on this book birthday and I can't wait to read this!

    And a delicious, easy to prep, marvelous chicken soup dish for long, cold winter nights.

    I am in my happy place, Mindy!

    1. Ruthy, they have done such a great job with revamping the cover designs. I loved the cover of A Hopeful Harvest. So fun and sweet. Books and soup, what's not to love.

  2. Great looking soup, Mindy!

    And yes. God often calls me to do things that are far beyond what I think I'm capable of. But that just means I need to lean on Him more.

    Your new book sounds wonderful! I can't wait to read it!

    1. Jan, leaning on God is never a bad thing. Matter of fact, things usually turn out better. Yet He still has to nudge me to do it. Shame on me.

  3. Sigh -- God and I have discussions over what He thinks I should do...all the time. I think I can sway Him to my way of thinking but...mostly I just waste time and end up doing it His way -- with better results. I'm stubborn like that. thankfully, He hasn't given up on me. :-)

    Happy Book Birthday! Love these new covers. So exciting to see all the new pretty faces.

    1. Kav, why is it we always think we can sway the Creator of the universe? I mean, do we have big heads or what? ;)

  4. Happy Book Birthday, Mindy!!! Where are the strawberry cupcakes?

    Nevermind, the soup looks delicious!

    1. Mary Cate, if it wasn't for this tight deadline, I probably would have made cupcakes.

  5. Mindy, congrats on the new book! I love the cover.

    Soup sounds yummy, too! It reminds me of my white chicken chili, which has the same ingredients plus cream cheese. This would be good!

    1. Missy, I have a white chili recipe, too, but it doesn't have tomatoes. And now I might need to make that. ;)