Jalapeño, Chicken & Pumpkin Soup

This is a new kind of pumpkin spice. This spicy and fall inspired dish is sure to become a new favorite. This will warm your body and your soul!

Prep: 20 minutes   Bake/Cook: 1 hour   Serves: 8

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Nonstick cooking spray

2 medium pie pumpkins, halved through stem end and seeded

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 large jalapeño peppers, coarsely chopped

1 large yellow onion, chopped

1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, coarsely chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 boxes (32 ounces each) low sodium chicken broth

4 cups baby kale

Lime wedges, queso fresco, tortilla strips and/or sour cream for garnish (optional)

1.         Preheat oven to 400°. Spray rimmed baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place pumpkin halves, cut side down, on prepared pan. Roast 1 hour or until pumpkin is tender. Cool slightly; remove and discard skin. Cut pumpkin into 1-inch pieces.

2.         In large saucepot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add jalapeños and onion; cook 6 minutes or until lightly charred, stirring once. Add chicken, garlic, cumin and salt; cook 2 minutes or until fragrant, stirring frequently. Add broth and heat to a simmer; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer soup 45 minutes or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165° and shreds easily with a fork, stirring occasionally; stir in kale and pumpkin. Makes about 14 cups.

3.         Serve soup garnished with limes wedges, queso fresco, tortilla strips and/or sour cream, if desired.

Approximate nutritional values per serving (1¾ cups): 215 Calories, 9g Fat (2g Saturated),