Tuesday, April 9, 2013

My Magic Soup

Once upon a time there was this magic soup, technically called Chicken Brunswick Stew, but still twas magical..... yeah that's not going to continue on in that direction haha. When I was in college I was apart of my church's college ministry team and we met once a week at our college ministers house to have a leadership meeting. One Sunday my friend Jessica brought over this chicken Brunswick stew and I LOVED it! I think love is an understatement. Anyways it was her moms recipe and I was able to get my hands on a copy.

I started by making one big batch and feeding it to everyone I knew, but then realized that I wanted to make it last longer then one meal. I decided that freezing might be my best option, I didn't really know all too much about freezing except my mom always froze bread to make it last longer when she got it on sale. I figured stew would be a good thing to freeze. Well it was and I ended up eating it for about a week straight. I did not make it again for a while but then in the summer of 2011 when I joined weight watchers for the first time, I started making it a lot. Pretty much every 2 weeks. It was rather low in calories given all the vegetables and chicken and chicken broth. I ate that stew every day for the entire summer and lost 20lbs easily. I would just eat 1 serving (about a cup and a half) with one or two slices of bread from Publix bakery and it would be around 9 points, it was super filling.

Today I was getting ready to drive home when I thought that I could really use some Brunswick stew back in my life to help jump start me back on the right track with my weight loss. So I went to Trader Joes and bought my free range chicken and all my veggies to go home and cook my magic soup. (It is also called magic soup because I eat it when I get sick and usually cures my illness) I chopped up all of my stuff and put it all in my lovely crock pot and let it sit and fill the house with the aroma of pure goodness. It sits for about 2 hours on high and 4 hours on low, which allows the veggies to get softer and all the flavors to mesh so beautifully together. I proceeded to line up all of my Tupperware and portion out my stew it ends up looking like this.

Here is the recipe I got the base of it from here, but I have adjusted it for me :)
16 oz of Chicken Breast, boneless and skinless, cut up into strips
(I use free range, it's just better, trust me)
1 Bottle Heinz Chili Sauce
1/4 Cup Of Worcester Sauce
4-5 Cups of Chicken Broth
2 tablespoons of Vinegar
1 Small-Medium Potato (diced into small pieces)
1 Onion Diced
1 Can Creamed Corn
1 Can Regular Corn
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
Handful of Green Beans
1 Cup of Peas
2 teaspoons dry mustard
Dash of Salt and Pepper
1/2 teaspoon pepper sauce (just enough kick!)
(The recipe on the website calls for butter, I normally add it in but didn't have any in the house and was NOT going to the store to get any and it still tastes amazing without extra points or calories)
Basically I cook the chicken with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and onion. Then I put everything into the crock pot and let it sit (2-4 hours) and make my house smell AMAZING!!!! It ends up more like a soup then it does a stew but I like it that way, very filling. I eat it for one meal every day, I have made enough to last 9 days so let's see if it really works it's magic.


  1. That sounds delish! I love crock pot stuff :)

  2. Found it again! And now I've pinned it to my Soup board, so I won't "lose" it again... :)

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