Monday, April 28, 2014

Mexican Chicken Soup



It's a gloomy, rainy day in sunny Southern California! Our weather's ADHD never fails us. So, naturally, after a 90 degree day, there will likely be a 50 degree day.

That's cool with me. I like soup.

I like soup a lot.

(Adapted from Jane Coxwell)

Ingredients:

  • 10 cups water
  • One 3 1/2-pound chicken
  • 3 medium tomatoes, cored and quartered
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 small red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 small flour tortillas, halved
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Directions:


  1. In a saucepan, combine the water, chicken, tomatoes, carrot, onion, garlic, coriander, cumin, cinnamon and the 1/2 cup of cilantro. Add a generous pinch each of salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  2. Cover partially and simmer over moderately low heat for 30 minutes, skimming as necessary.
  3. Discard the cinnamon stick and continue simmering until the chicken is cooked through, 30 minutes longer.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, toast the tortillas over moderate heat, turning once, until crisp in spots, 3 minutes. Cut the tortillas into thin strips.
  5. Transfer the chicken to a plate and let cool slightly.
  6. Shred the meat; discard the skin and bones.
  7. Return the chicken to the saucepan and reheat the soup.
  8. Stir in the lime juice and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with the tortilla strips and cilantro and serve.

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