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I know most of you are buried under snow and are just trying to keep warm.  Not so here in the Sonoran Desert.  Nope, even the nights have gone from lower 40s and slipped into the low 50’s.  

It’s possible that I might put those 2 pair of winter pjs under the lighter nighties this week.

Even with this in mind-I wanted stoup (thicker than soup, thinner than stew)for dinner the other night.  The idea stuck in my head after watching The Chew the other day.  They had an entire show on soups.

I had taken out some chicken thighs.  My plan was to grill them, serve the leftover barley on the side and add some roasted butternut squash to the mix.

But when I saw that show and a few of the ideas-well, couldn’t help myself! The outcome was pretty tasty too.

It was slightly spicy, slightly creamy, very hearty and even a tad sweet.  Plus, it made enough that my dh had a lunch out of it and I ate the last bit for my dinner on the night he works late!  Mine, by then, didn’t have any chicken in it, but that’s okay by me.

Here’s what went into it:

6 chicken thighs (I boned and defatted them, but left them whole)

1 15 oz can of fire-roasted and crushed tomatoes

3 C chicken stock

1 C water

4 C diced butternut squash

1 diced onion

6 C Kale

1/4 C chunky, natural peanut butter

1 tbsp. Cholula hot sauce

1 C cooked barley

(if you like it thick then have ready 4 tsp. cornstarch and the same of water to make a slurry)

I put everything except for the kale into a Dutch oven and slow cooked it in the oven at 300 for an hour.  stirred it and then I stirred in my slurry and cooked on the stove at a simmer for a couple of minutes.  Stirred in the kale and then returned it to the oven, which I lowered the temp to 275, for another hour.

I’m sure this would work beautifully in a crockpot on low for about 3-4 hours.

Of course, if you‘re like me, you can add more Cholula to it.  The chicken practically shreds itself too.  

I made some pumpkin bread to go with it-but honestly, it was so rich and hearty, we didn’t even cut into the loaf!

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