Saturday, January 03, 2009

Chicken Lime Soup

Chicken Lime Soup

Serves 6.

4 chicken breasts, boned and skinned
8 limes
2 quarts (2 boxes) chicken stock
6 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/2 cup diced celery
1 cup diced carrots
8 fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 1/2 cups diced zucchini
1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, minced
1/2 cup medium salsa (I love Casa Sanchez - hot)
salt & pepper
1 package tortilla chips (I love Casa Sanchez - Thick & Crispy)
2 cups cooked white long-grain rice

Cut any fat off of the chicken breasts and place the breasts in a glass casserole dish. Squeeze the juice of 3 limes over them. Allow to marinate for 30 minutes or so. Grill 5 minutes to a side, or until done. Allow to cool. Shred and reserve.

Bring broth to a simmer. Add garlic, celery and carrots, and simmer 15 minutes. Add zucchini and mushrooms and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the chicken, juice of remaining limes, tomatoes and simmer a few minutes. Remove from heat and stir in salsa and cilantro (save a little for garnish). Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Spoon into soup bowls. Pass rice and tortilla chips in separate bowls. Garnish with a touch of cilantro. We discovered tonight that Tecate goes really well with this meal.

*We've made this soup for 4 years now. It is a true winner. The secret is the fresh lime.
*If you prefer, you can add rice to your soup bowl, instead of serving it on the side.
*The easiest way to shred chicken is by placing the chicken on a cutting board and using two forks. Start with the forks close together and pull away in a sort of a criss-cross method.
*I recommend getting a lime squeezer.
*I may hesitate adding salsa at all if it's from a jar. Fresh is always best.

Bon app├ętit!


dolcechic said...

This sounds so good Jamie! Thanks for sharing the recipe. How is your New Years going? Hope all is well!!! :)

Toddy said...

We also make this soup quite often. It is a family favorite. One addition we make is a bowl of cubed avocados as extra garnish.

Danimal said...

The soup looks good, but that T-cat is lookin' great!

Dyan said...

Yum, I love soup - especially on these cooler winter evenings. Thanks for stopping by and leaving sweet words about me and my dog. They really made me feel better today.

Patch said...

Thanks for sharing, we'll definitely give it a try!

Toddy said...

eh. At the risk of self-aggrandizement, or at the risk of returning to something said and done, or at the risk of not risking: I'll offer these two up as coincidental:


Charlotte said...

I wanna pull up a chair, that picture is so appetizing. I will be making that!