Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Trying Something New

So in order to eat out less and save money, we are trying out some new recipes. Less money is spent and we even tend to eat healthier. A winning combo. Our first experiment was Chicken Tortilla Soup. I got the recipe from Food Network.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Recipe courtesy Danny Boome
Show: Rescue Chef Episode: Sunday Soup for Supper

Total Time: 35 min
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 25 min
Yield:4 to 6 servings
Level: Easy

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small onion, diced
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 jalapenos, finely diced
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 (14.5-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
3 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
2 limes, juiced, plus wedges for garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 (8-inch) flour tortilla, grilled, cut into thin strips
1 avocado, pitted, sliced
1 cup shredded Monterrey cheese

In a large saucepan heat the vegetable oil. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes. Once the onions have softened add the garlic and jalepenos and cook for another minute. Pour the chicken broth, tomatoes and beans into the pot and bring to a boil. Once at a boil lower heat to simmer and add your chicken breasts. Cook the chicken for 20 to 25 minutes. Once chicken is cooked remove from pot. When cool enough to handle shred it and set it aside. Add lime juice and fresh cilantro to the pot. In a serving bowl add a mound of shredded chicken. Ladle soup over chicken and top with a lime wedge, grilled tortilla strips, avocado slices and cheese.

I didn't follow this exactly. First of all, I was out of chicken stock. So I used turkey stock instead. Also, I didn't make my own tortilla strips. I bought tortilla chips at the store. And also, I added a cup of frozen corn. I thought it might be spicy and I thought the corn might help. It wasn't too spicy. We also didn't think it needed lime wedges. The avocado was good though.

Carolynn, Catherine and I liked it. It was too spicy for Michelle to try. David doesn't eat anything with beans in it. This is something we will be sure to make again.

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