Mexican Chicken Soup

Mexican Chicken Soup

Recipe Rating: 3.7469
Serves 4
Here's a soup that can be put together quickly and offers comforting, warm and spicy flavors. Serve family-style in a large pot and arrange the garnishes around the table in colorful bowls for everyone to dress up their soup. Easily double or triple this recipe to feed a larger crowd.
  • 2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed
  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, mashed into a paste
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small strips
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 teaspoons crumbled feta or grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8 tortilla chips, lightly crushed
  • 1/4 cup diced avocado
  • Lime wedges
  • 1 cup boiling water
Put chiles into a medium heatproof bowl, cover with boiling water and set aside to let soak until softened, about 10 minutes. Transfer chiles and about 1/2 cup of soaking liquid to a blender and purée, adding more soaking liquid, if needed, to make a smooth, thin paste. Set aside.

Put broth into a large pot and bring just to a boil. Add carrots, garlic, tomatoes and 2 to 3 tablespoons of the reserved chile purée and simmer until carrots are almost tender, 15 to 20 minutes. (Reserve leftover chile purée for another use. It keeps well in the refrigerator for up to a week or the freezer for up to 2 months.) Add chicken and simmer over low heat until just until cooked through.

Remove soup from heat, season with salt and pepper and serve garnished with avocado, cheese, tortilla chips, cilantro, and lime wedges.

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Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 210 calories (60 from fat), 7g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 40mg cholesterol, 510mg sodium, 20g carbohydrates, (5 g dietary fiber, 5g sugar), 20g protein.
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