If you are looking for an incredible soup that packs a delicious punch at the dinner table, this is definitely one to keep for your meal rotation.
Throw together this Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup with pantry staples, and few additional items – it’s really very easy, and will be well loved amongst everyone in the family. While this soup can definitely be made on the stove top, or.. a crock pot, the pressure cooker makes it almost effortless. We invested in the Instant Pot back in 2015, and not a day goes by when we aren’t thankful for making that initial investment. Eating out as a family of 7 is an incredible cost.
This recipe comes together quite easily with either red or green enchilada sauce – while we haven’t tried it with green sauce just yet, we have had it with the red sauce more than we can mention.
You can start with frozen or freshly thawed chicken breasts or tenderloins, though thawed will definitely be a little faster. Use a knife to cut down your freshly thawed breasts into 1″ pieces – throw them in a clean Instant Pot with 1/2 C. of water to cook on manual (high pressure) for 12-15 minutes. Once done, release the pressure, and use a slotted spoon to transfer to a bowl. Drain the remaining liquid.
Add a tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil to your Instant Pot, and use the saute feature to saute your garlic, bell pepper, and onions until they are soft. Turn the saute feature off, and add the diced tomatoes, can of enchilada sauce, and chicken broth to the veggies in the pot. Cube your cream cheese and add that into the pot along with 1/2 C. shredded cheddar. Push the “soup” function, and allow the cover to remain off.
You don’t need to pressure cook the soup at this point – the soup feature is going to warm up the contents just enough to allow that cream cheese to blend in with the rest of the ingredients. Keep an eye on the soup, stir it a few times, and then use your hand to add the chicken – feel free to shred it a bit as you dump it in.. or leave in larger chunks – I like to give each piece a squeeze as I drop it in so I get a little of both shred and chunk. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Once it’s nicely blended (a few minutes), turn off the saute function and serve in bowls topped with more shredded cheese, additional shredded chicken, and chopped cilantro. It’s delicious.
(So delicious, this man I married said it’s the best soup he has ever had – and he’s not one to praise!)
You may not have leftovers (we never do!) but if you do, I would suggest refrigerating in a canning jar and reheating for later. You could even serve on top of rice — yay for a recipe that can do double duty!
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