Thursday, September 22, 2011

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I keep saying I am not quite ready for the cold but now that I have started this soup thing, I am on a roll. I'm watching the local news and they are calling for rain all day tomorrow. September is my busiest month of the year and this has been a particularly rough week. So I am secretly hoping that I will be able to stay in, eat my soup and enjoy doing absolutely nothing tomorrow, other than listen to the rain against my window. Wishful thinking, I know.

Chicken Tortilla soup is great for rainy days and football Sundays. Pair it with a cold Corona...good times, good times. You can garnish it with a myriad of things - avocado, fresh tomato, red onion, sour cream, four cheese blend, cilantro, lime, tortilla many options.

I will say, this soup has helped to open up my clogged sinus cavities. I might have to keep some of this on hand on a regular!

Chicken Tortilla Soup

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 Serrano pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, diced
1 tsp cumin
3 tsp chili powder
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
Ground pepper, to taste
4 c low sodium chicken broth
3 c  water
2 c fresh tomatoes, diced
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 c fresh corn

Preheat oven to 375°.

Drizzle some olive oil onto chicken breasts. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper and bake chicken for 25-30 minutes, or until chicken is done. Shred chicken, pulling breasts apart with a fork. Set aside until ready to use.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a stock pot over medium high heat. Add the chopped onions, garlic and peppers and cook for 3-5 minutes. Stir in the remaining spices, add the shredded chicken and stir until combined. Stir in the tomatoes, chicken broth, water, black beans and fresh corn. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; then reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes. Garnish with your favorite toppings and serve hot.

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