Monday, October 11, 2010

Smoky Chicken and Tortilla Soup

It is one of those cold days that calls for soup!  It is definitely fall here and soon to be winter with lots of snow and freezing weather!  So I think this soup is fitting for the weather!

1 onion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 green onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
8 cups chicken broth
3 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 bag frozen corn
1 large chicken breast
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 lime (one extra for garnish)
1 handful cilantro, chopped
4-5 corn tortillas, cut into strips
1 avocado, diced
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste
cheddar or jack cheese, shredded
sour cream

1. Sautee onion in olive oil until soft, then add garlic, green onions, cayenne, chili powder, and cumin. Sautee until fragrant (a minute or two). Add chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Add tomatoes, corn, black beans.

2. Grill up chicken spiced with cayenne, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. (You can also pan-fry it, but it won’t add the smokiness that the bbq does). Cut up or shred chicken and add it to the soup. Try the soup and add more seasonings according to taste, if needed. Add lime juice, cilantro, and avocado.

3. In large fry pan over medium-high heat, crisp up tortilla strips. Add salt. You may do this with oil or cooking spray.

4. Serve soup garnished with cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips, fresh cilantro, and a lime wedge. Enjoy!

Photo credits Vittle Ante recipe adapted from This Week For Dinner

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