Happy New Year to everyone! I am not sure what the temperatures are like where you are, but in Connecticut they are bone chilling and it appears that they will be staying that way for a while. When it is this cold, there is nothing that I want more than a bowl of warm soup. This Chicken Tortilla Soup is a good choice as we begin January because we most likely want to eat a little healthier than we have been eating during the month of December! The Chipotle Peppers in adobo sauce give this soup a nice kick without being too fierce.
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- 5 cups chicken stock
- 1 pound boneless chicken breast
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 Chipotle peppers, plus 2 tablespoons Adobo Sauce (see note)
- 1- 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 1- 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- TORTILLA STRIPS:
- 4 six inch corn tortillas
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Optional garnishes: Shredded cheese, green onions.
Bring the chicken broth, and bay leaf to a simmer in a medium size pot. Add the chicken breast and poach for 10 to 12 minutes until cooked through. Remove the cooked chicken from the stock. Reserve the stock. Cool the chicken slightly, then shred with a fork.
While the chicken is poaching, Heat the olive oil over medium low heat in a medium size stock pot. Add the chopped onions and garlic and cook at medium low heat for 5 minutes. Stir frequently and do not let them brown.
Add the chipotle peppers, tomatoes, black beans, chili powder,and oregano. Add the reserved chicken broth and shredded chicken.
Simmer, covered, over low heat for 45 minutes.
Serve with tortilla strips and any other garnish you like.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Stack the corn tortillas. Cut the stack in half. Turn each half so the rounded end is on top. Cut into 1/2 inch strips.
Place the strips on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir to make sure each strip is coated in oil. Line the strips in a single layer on the baking sheet.
Bake for 4 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn the strips to the other side. Bake an additional 3-4 minutes. These go from golden to overdone quickly so watch them carefully on the second side.
Chipotle Peppers in Adobo sauce can be purchased in 7 ounce cans. Chipotles are smoked and dried jalapeños peppers. Adobo sauce is a combination of tomatoes, vinegar and spices. This is a sweet and tangy sauce. Extra chipotles can be frozen in small plastic bags or ice cube trays with a little sauce. These can be added to salsa, barbecue sauce, marinade and Bloody Mary's.