There's seriously something wrong with me to think it's OK to make soup in this heat...but I couldn't resist!
It was sooo worth battling the heat over!
It all started a few weeks ago, when my mom gave me a bit of her leftovers. I WAS HOOKED. It's one of the latest recipes she tried from her beloved Ina! I'm extremely grateful she had leftovers to share! YUM
Here's what I paired it with:
Oh! and AVOCADOS!!!
And let's not forget a nice cold brewski with some lime!
It's hearty, spicy & sooooo flavorful! It is everything I love about Mexican soup!!! I also happen to think that the chunks of celery & carrots are a nice addition.
Now let's get you started on making some!
Making tortilla strips:
(i took a handful and fried some in a bit of olive oil to make the garnishing strips)
Here's some shredding chicken action:
Mexican Chicken Soup
-4 split (2 whole) chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
-Good olive oil
-Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
-2 cups chopped onions (2 onions)
-1 cup chopped celery (2 stalks)
-2 cups chopped carrots (4 carrots)
-4 large cloves garlic, chopped
-2 1/2 quarts chicken stock, preferably homemade
-1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes in puree, crushed
-2 to 4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
-1 teaspoon ground cumin
-1 teaspoon ground coriander seed
-1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, NOT optional
- 6 (6-inch) fresh white corn tortillas
For serving: sliced avocado, sour cream, grated Cheddar cheese, and tortilla chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the chicken breasts skin side up on a sheet pan. Rub with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until done. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, discard the skin and bones, and shred the meat. Cover and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the onions, celery, and carrots and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, or until the onions start to brown. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes with their puree, jalapenos, cumin, coriander, 1 tablespoon salt (depending on the saltiness of the chicken stock), 1 teaspoon pepper, and the cilantro, if using. Cut the tortillas in 1/2, then cut them crosswise into 1/2-inch strips and add to the soup. Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Add the shredded chicken and season to taste. Serve the soup hot topped with sliced avocado, a dollop of sour cream, grated Cheddar cheese, and broken tortilla chips.