Chicken Tortilla Soup
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 4 people
Easy and healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup made with fresh tomatoes and topped with avocado and crispy tortilla strips.
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (add more if you like spicier)
  • 3 - 4 cups good quality, low sodium chicken stock
  • 10 very ripe Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 roasted chicken, shredded
  • 1 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • Garnish
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 4 (6 inch) corn tortillas, cut into ¼-inch strips
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  1. In a 6 quart pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and garlic sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Then add the spices and stir to coat.
  2. Raise the heat to high and add 2 cups of the chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and allow to reduce for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add another cup of chicken stock, the tomatoes and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the bay leaves and using a hand blender or in a food processor, puree the soup until smooth. (If you desire a thinner soup, add the remaining cup of chicken stock until you reach the desired consistency, and bring back to simmer). Add the ½ cup of cilantro, shredded chicken, and salt. Stir and taste. Add more salt, if needed. Turn off the heat and cover while you work on the tortilla strips.
  5. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the tortilla strips and fry for 45 seconds to a minute (the more you fry at one time, the longer it will take). Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
  6. Divide up the soup among the bowls and garnish with avocado, tortilla strips, cilantro, and a lime wedge. Serve and enjoy!
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