Posted by: Catherine | January 26, 2009

Mexican Chicken Soup/Stew

We eat this a lot during the week—I make a big pot and it’s enough for two nights’ dinners plus a lunch or two for me. Emma loves it, and thinks it’s fun to add the toppings, especially the avocado, which enhances the flavors and adds a mellow texture.  If you use light sour cream and low-fat Cheddar, it’s a relatively low-cal meal, and with all its vegetables I usually don’t even bother with a salad. Easy! The recipe comes from Ina Garten—I don’t use as much chicken stock as she suggests, and our version is more stew than soup.

(serves 6 for dinner)

4 split (2 whole) chicken breasts, bone in, skin on (sometimes I use dark meat, but when I do I mix with white meat)

Good olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly gound black pepper

2 cups chopped onions (2 onions)

1 cup chopped celery (2 stalks)

2 cups chopped carrots (4 carrots)

4 large cloves garlic, chopped

2 1/2 quarts chicken stock (Ina uses homemade–I never do!)

1 28-oz. can whole tomatoes in puree, crushed

2 to 4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced

1 t. ground cumin

1 t. ground coriader seed

1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, optional (but  I use them)

6 6-inch fresh white corn tortillas

For serving: sliced avocado, sour cream, grated Cheddar cheese, and tortilla chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the chicken breasts skin side up on a sheet pan. Rub with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until done. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, discard the skin and bones, and shred the meat. Cover and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the onions, celery, and carrots and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, or until the onions start to brown. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes with their puree, jalapenos, cumin, coriander, 1 tablespoon salt (depending on the saltiness of the chicken stock), 1 teaspoon pepper, and the cilantro, if using. Cut the tortillas in 1/2-inch strips and add to the soup. Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Add the shredded chicken and season to taste. Serve the soup hot topped with sliced avocado, a dollop of sour cream, grated Cheddar cheese, and broken tortilla chips.



  1. We tried this and LOVED it! I had to modify the ingredients a little bit and it still worked great. I ended up using 28oz of crushed tomatoes and I didn’t have crushed cumin, so I threw in cumin seed. I used all of the bunch of cilantro because what would I do with a few sprigs left over anyway?

    It was easy, fun and a great one pot dinner!

  2. Chicken soup is a good food, it is not only tasty but it is full of nutrients that is needed from recovering from flu. ;

    Have a look at the newest blog post at our personal homepage

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: