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Perfect Chicken Tortilla Soup

Updated on February 12, 2010

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 a large white onion (small diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (peeled and minced)
  • 2 cups chicken stock plus 4 cups water
  • 1 cup diced and peeled red tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper (small diced)
  • 1 large jalepeno (seeded and small diced)
  • 2 stalks celery (small diced)
  • 1 cup drained and rinsed black beans
  • 1 cup corn
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp. fresh chopped oregano
  • 1 tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • salt & pepper to season

For Garnish

  • 4 - 6 corn tortillas (white, yellow or multi-colored)
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco (monterey jack cheese can be subsituted)


Step 1) Shredding the Chicken - A nice thing about this soup is that you can use leftover chicken for great results. What I like to do is buy a whole roasted chicken from the local grocery-deli and shred up the breasts for my soup. I then have the dark meat as a nice snack or for sandwiches later on. Of course, you can also just boil two or three chicken breasts to shred but it's just easier to use a deli-roaster. Make sure to remove the skin and bones though...

Step 2) Roast the Red and Yellow - Lay out the tomatoes together with the corn and the diced jalepeno on a sheet-pan and pop under the broiler for two or three minutes. Keep on eye on them though, because you just want them to brown and not burn. Once nicely colored, set them aside to cool.

Step 3) Onions and Aromatics - In a medium stock-pot, sweat the onions and garlic together with the celery, bell pepper and bay leaves in 1 tbsp. of olive oil. Once the onions start to turn translucent, add the chicken stock along with the water. Bring to a simmer then add your tomatoes, corn, jalepeno, chili powder and cumin. Cook the broth for about 20 minutes to allow all the aromatics to mingle.

Step 4) Finishing the Soup - Now, add the shredded chicken along with the black beans, fresh oregano and fresh cilantro. Stir in well and remove from the heat.

Step 5) Garnishing - Cut the tortillas into thin strips and deep-fry in a pan of heated olive or corn oil. Do the strips in small batches to avoid crowding and cooling of the oil. If the strips are crowded, they'll cook unevenly. If the oil cools off too much, the strips will soak up too much oil and become chewy. Peel and cut the avocado into thin wedges or dices depending on your preference. Right before serving, top the soup with queso fresco, fried tortilla strips, avocado and fresh cilantro.

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    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Delaney really nice! If you are not a professional chef you should be.

      Dave.

    • Delaney Boling profile imageAUTHOR

      Delaney Boling 

      8 years ago

      One of my favorite "cold weather" soups. Thanks for commenting BFP!

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      Great recipe and terrific clear and explicit directions. I love it.

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