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Chicken tortilla soup. What’s not to love? Chicken, veggies, spices, fried tortillas, sour cream and avocado—yum!
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Place the chicken in a roasting pan, season with salt and pepper, fill pan with water to approximately halfway up the chicken, roast at 350 F for 2 hours or until the chicken is done. When done remove pan from the oven and set the chicken onto a plate to drain. Keep the stock in the pan. When chicken cools, use two forks to shred chicken. Set the chicken and the stock aside.
Heat olive oil on a large pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion, and peppers and cook until tender (about 7 minutes). Next add the dried spices to the pan and stir. Stir in the black beans, corn, tomatoes, chicken, and 12 cups of stock (use the reserved stock from cooking the chicken, then use store bought to round off the 12 cups). Then cover the pot and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add the cilantro, lime juice, and lime zest. Simmer the soup for about 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While the soup simmers put 1 inch of canola oil in a pan. When oil is hot fry tortilla strips in batches until they’re crisp. When done remove them to a plate (if you don’t want to fry the tortillas you can just serve the soup with regular non-fried tortillas, but I like the crunch from the fried tortillas).
Serve the soup, garnishing with tortilla strips, avocado, sour cream, and shredded cheese as desired.
These chicken noodle bowls are loosely based on Pho, a dish my husband and I have been fortunate enough to enjoy at our friends’ house. They do a traditional Vietnamese recipe with beef. The dish has a flavorful beef broth, topped with fresh aromatics and vegetables.
I decided to make this version for my husband who has been sick all weekend with a terrible cold. The ginger root provides a homeopathic element to the broth.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!