Okay, you have to make this. Have to.
This chicken tortilla soup is super flavorful and bright, with the freshly squeezed lime juice and chopped cilantro. It also has this nice spicy kick from the jalapeno, and robust smokiness from the canned tomatoes.
It’s very, very good! Plus, it only takes about 30 minutes to cook.
Here is the recipe: (adapted from foodnetwork.com, by Danny Boome)
Chicken Tortilla Soup
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 jalapenos, finely diced (seeds and ribs removed)
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth (I used the Better than Bouillon brand concentrate, 6 teaspoons mixed in 6 cups of boiling hot water)
1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 (14.5-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 uncooked chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
2 limes, juiced, plus wedges for garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1-2 small corn tortillas, cut into thin strips and toast for a couple minutes under the oven broiler
1 avocado, pitted, diced (optional)
1 cup shredded Monterrey cheese (optional)
• In a large saucepan heat the oil, add the onions and cook for 2 minutes.
• Once the onions have softened add the garlic and jalepenos and cook for another minute.
• Pour the chicken broth, tomatoes and beans into the pot and bring to a boil.
• Once at a boil, lower heat to simmer and add your chicken breasts. Cook the chicken for 20 to 25 minutes. Once chicken is cooked remove from pot. When cool enough to handle shred it and set it aside.
• Add lime juice and fresh cilantro to the pot.
• Add shredded chicken and stir.
• Ladle soup into bowls and top with tortilla strips. Add avocado and/or cheese toppings, if desired. And if you’re feeling fancy, garnish with additional chopped cilantro.
I’m in love with this recipe mostly because, the chicken doesn’t have to be cooked beforehand. It cooks right in the soup! Nice time-saver.
I will be making this chicken tortilla soup again & again. The flavors are beyond awesome. The consistency is kind of on the thin side, but it thickens up a bit the next day. It also thickens up with the added toppings.
If you prefer a thicker, creamier chicken tortilla soup, try this recipe. But, I think this one is better! Lol