Thursday, February 6, 2014

Chicken Tortilla Soup

easy Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe
Chicken Tortilla Soup is a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Filled with beans and slightly spicy peppers, this simple meal is full of great flavors. Maybe it has something to do with the tortilla chips and cheese that we pile over the top, but this soup is always a hit both with or without all of the toppings.

COOK'S NOTE: Canned or frozen green chile can be swapped for the fresh poblano pepper, if it is unavailable. Also, the lime juice makes an enormous difference in this recipe. If you are unsure of the lime, feel free to serve the soup with lime wedges on the side, so that the amount can be adjusted for individual tastes.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Yield: 4 servings (doubles nicely)
(printable recipe)

1 lb chicken breast, diced into 3/4" pieces
2 tablespoons coconut oil or light flavored olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped, about 1/2 cup
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup minced cilantro
1 large poblano pepper, diced small, about 1/3 cup
1 (14 ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes
1 1/2 cups cooked white or black beans, or (1) 14 ounce can, drained and rinsed
4 cups chicken broth, or (2) 15 ounce cans
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, about half a lime's worth
additional salt and pepper, to taste
Toppings: tortilla chips, shredded cheese, diced avocado, lime wedges, minced cilantro

Warm the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chicken, stir to coat and season with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken, stirring or turning as needed, for 2-3 minutes, until lightly browned on all sides. (The inside of the chicken should still be a little bit pink.) Add the onion, garlic and pepper and cook 2-3 minutes until the onions turn clear.

Add the tomatoes, beans, chicken broth, cilantro and lime juice. Simmer for 30 minutes. Scoop into bowls and serve with the toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

easy Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe

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  1. Yum! This looks delicious. I am putting this on my to do list.

  2. Sounds very good Mary and one of our favorite soups.

  3. Oh this sounds good! Pinning it to try. My "to try" list gets bigger and bigger, so many great sounding recipes! Thanks again!

  4. I made this for dinner tonight. I must say, it's terrific ... far better than my previous recipe for tortilla soup. Thanks for a great recipe.

  5. This is so delicious. Just made it tonight for my family of 5. They loved it. My 11-year old son devoured it. My husband announced it was one of the best soup's he's ever had. The only changes is I eliminated the poblano and fire roasted tomatoes and replaced it with a can of Mexican diced tomatoes...that was just for the kiddos. Everything else was the same. We also topped with lime tortilla chips, fresh avocados, a dallop of sour cream, fresh sharp cheddar shredded cheese, and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro. <3