Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Awesome Soup Recipe

I found this great soup recipe that I have had for a while, not sure where I got it from though. But I was craving soup tonight (must be the flu thing) and decided I wanted to make some from scratch that was not difficult or time consuming and what I got is what follows.

Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup
(I don't eat chicken so I substituted turkey breast)

Here is what you need:
2 tsp olive oil
1 lb skinless boneless chicken
breast, cut into 1 -inch pieces
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp dried oregano
1 minced chipotle chile in adobo
sauce, (from -7 oz can)
1 8 -oz can diced tomatoes
2 14 1/2 -oz cans reduced-sodium chicken broth 0r water
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
4 cups baked tortilla chips (about 6-oz)

Here is how to Make it:
Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the
chicken and garlic and cook for three, until the chicken (or turkey) is
browned on all sides, stirring frequently.

Add the oregano and stir to coat the chicken (or turkey). Stir in
the minced chipotle, tomatoes, broth and corn. Turn the heat to high
and bring mixture to a boil. Turn the heat to low, partially cover, and
simmer for 10, until the chicken is cooked through.

Remove the pan from heat and stir in the cilantro and one cup of the
tortilla chips.

To serve, place the remaining chips in the bottom of bowls and ladle souip over top.

Some notes: the chipotle chile can be found in the (ethnic aisle) this is one ingredient I would
not compromise on as it adds the flavor and gives it that wonderful mexican pizazz. Also now a days you can buy garlic already minced either in oil or water, I would buy just to cut some of
the time down in your cooking. Since I don't eat chicken I don't use chicken broth either so I
substituted Veggie broth, no one knew a thing. Also, if when using chicken or turkey cut as
much of the fat from the meat, the turkey is usually somewhat lean but chicken breast
can sometimes have lots of fat on it. Also the turkey may have "tendons" in it, cut that out
if you can.

good luck, It really is a great flavorful recipe.

tomorrow i'm making a cheaters version of chicken parmesan and friday sheppards pie. I am going to change that darn sheppard's pie recipe. It takes hours of prep time. (but man! it's so worth it.