Chicken Tortilla Soup

30 May

On Monday, I decided to make Chicken Tortilla Soup to have for lunch a few days this week.  I think I’ll get 7 servings out of this depending on how full I fill my bowl!  I’m planning to freeze about half of this.

What you’ll need:

Chicken breast (about 1 to 1.5 lbs)

1 Large Onion

1 Green Pepper (I added in some red and yellow pepper too that I had around for salads)

Crushed Tomato (1 large can)

Green Chili’s (fresh or canned)

Corn (fresh, frozen, canned… this is totally up to you)

3 (ish) Cups Chicken Broth/Stock (or water and some bullion cubes)

Chili Powder, Cumin and Garlic Powder

Corn Meal

Cilantro

Tortilla strips or chips and shredded cheese for toppings

I didn’t really follow much of a recipe here.  I looked at a few online, but really jumped out at me and I’d been craving it for a while.  I bought some from the grocery store, and it was really good, but also pricey (Giant Eagle really got me on that, I got like 3 cups but it cost like $7).

I cooked the chicken breast in the crock pot this morning.  I’ve found that if I basically poach it in there with some chicken broth and water, it shreds really easily and stays pretty moist.  I like to do this to have for different lunches throughout the week.

Once that was ready to go, I sauteed the veggies in a little olive oil just to get them softened.

IMG_0044  Then I added in about 3 cups of chicken broth, the crushed tomato, the canned chilies, the corn and the chicken.  If you know me and my cooking style, unless I’m baking I don’t really measure things like this much unless it’s really going to affect the end result.

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So I eyeballed the seasoning, probably about 2 tsp of chili powder and 1-2 of cumin and then just a dash or two of garlic powder.

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I added in the seasoning and stirred it all together and then let it simmer.  About 30-60 minutes in, I put about a Tbsp of corn meal in some warm water to dissolve and then stirred it in.

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I let it all sit and simmer on low for about 2 hours.  At the very end, I threw in a little bit of cilantro. This is totally up to you!  I like it, so I put in a small handful.  I know some of my friends hate it, so it can be left out.

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If I have 6 servings, it will have only 171 calories and 2.5 grams of fat.  But honestly, I’m probably going to get at least 7 out of it.

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I topped my small bowl with a little cheese and some tortilla strips.  This was really good, probably could have used a little more salt as I only put in a few dashes.

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