• Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 Minutes
  • Serves: 4 Servings

Chicken Tortilla Soup -Yum!!

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Category: Chicken, Soups

 Ingredients List

  • olive oil
  • 1-2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts (left whole if lazy; chopped if want to speed up cooking time)
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 bell pepper ”“ green, orange, or yellow variety
  • garlic salt, paprika, cumin, and cayenne powder
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tomatillos, pureed (these are optional but provide a nice fresh, bright, flavor)
  • 16 oz. can of salsa
  • juice of one lemon or lime
  • chicken broth (amount depends on how you prefer the proportions of liquid to solid in your soup)
  • to serve: sliced avocado, shredded colby cheese, tortilla chips, sour cream, cilantro


1. Heat about 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large soup pot over medium high. Add chicken breasts and sprinkle lightly with cumin, paprika, and garlic salt. Cover and turn occasionally until cooked through, about 15 minutes (less time if you have cut the chicken breasts prior to cooking).

2. While the chicken is cooking, chop the onion and bell pepper. Puree the tomatillos and prepare any other ingredients. (Do not mince the garlic yet; garlic should be cut only 30-60 seconds prior to use, otherwise it will oxidize and the flavor is not as good. Onions oxidize and change flavor after 10-15 minutes.)

3. Once the chicken is cooked through (no pink remains inside), remove the chicken to a dish and let “rest” uncovered.

4. Add the chopped bell pepper, onion, and garlic to the pan and cook in the juices remaining in the pan; add extra olive oil as needed to prevent sticking. Cook the vegetables until softened and the onion is translucent, about 5-10 minutes. While the vegetables are cooking, shred the chicken with two forks or cut into bite-sized pieces on a cutting board.

5. Once the vegetables are cooked, add 1/4 heaping teaspoon of cumin, 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder. Mix thoroughly.

6. Add the remaining ingredients: salsa, pureed tomatillos, juice of a lime or lemon, shredded chicken, and chicken broth.

7. Reduce to medium-low and let simmer for 20-30 minutes uncovered.

8. Serve with sliced avocado, sour cream, cilantro, shredded cheese, and tortilla chips.

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