Nearly Famous Chicken Tortilla Soup


Scars and Soup~

I have a small scar between my eyes. It’s a pock-mark really. Only the most attentive surveyor would notice it, but I notice. Every day.

I went to a skin clinic to consider having it removed. The doctor told me that 3 simple laser treatments would render my little indentation obsolete. Amazing, for less than $250 a scar-free face! I went home to think about it, and had a mini-revelation.

Scars are a sign of healing and growth. Every scar represents a life lesson.

The pock-mark between my eyes, a valuable lesson to a nine-year-old, NOT to hold a parakeet so close to your face when you’re sick with the chickenpox! The marks on my forearm represent an education in keeping my elbows up when I reach into the oven. The crater of my ankle cautions me to wear long pants when walking through thick barbed-wire laden fields. The tiny slash on my finger prompts me to keep my fingers curled back while chopping carrots for tortilla soup! These lessons are all BRANDED on my body.. and in my mind.

Internal scars are the same. We’ve all been wounded by loved ones, harsh realities and disappointments. But as long as these wounds don’t remain open, as long as we allow them to heal, not fester, we are showing signs of growth. We are becoming stronger, healthier. We are developing character.

I have scares from people in my past, that act as tokens of how to handle future relationships. I have scars from being overlooked for promotion; they produced a deep work ethic. There are even scars I’ve inflicted on myself that now stand as a memento to hold and protect a healthy self-image! They are all symbols of maturity and therefore utterly priceless.

So I think I’m going to keep it my little pock-mark. I can now look at a scar as a thing of beauty!

It would seem that everyone has their own version of  chicken tortilla soup. Some are thick and cheesy; some thin and watery. I prefer a thin, but not watery, broth-based chicken tortilla soup with LOTS of veggies and toppings. I developed this recipe years ago and would venture to say it is my MOST requested recipe. Both to personal friends or blog readers, I email this recipe constantly!

So here it is, ASP’s nearly famous Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe, have at it!

I’ve also adapted this dish to fit into “The 4 Hour BodySlow Carb Diet. Omit the cheese and tortilla chips~it’s STILL completely wonderful!

Preparation:

In a large stock pot, heat the oil over high.  Add onions, 1/3 cup cilantro and garlic, sauté 3 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes and spices, then bring to a boil.

Add the broth, carrots and chicken.  Return to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook another 10-12 minutes.

Stir in half the cheese and 1 cup crushed tortilla chips.

Ladle into soup bowls and top with remaining cheese, fresh cilantro, fresh avocado, and more tortilla chip pieces. Serves 4+.

*This is a great recipe to use up leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken.  Just add it in at the very end to warm it up!

It’s a shallow life that doesn’t give a person a few scars. ~Garrison Keillor

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Yield: 4+

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients:

2 Tb. olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
3 cloves minced garlic
1 14 ½ oz. cans diced tomatoes
4 cups chicken broth
¾ Tb. cumin
½ Tb. chili powder
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
1-2 bay leaves
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2 skinless chicken breasts, halved and thinly sliced
¾ tsp. salt
Pepper to taste
1 ½ cups shredded Monterey jack or cheddar cheese
1-2 avocados, diced
Bag of tortilla chips

Directions:

In a large stock pot, heat the oil over high. Add onions, 1/3 cup cilantro and garlic, sauté 3 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes and spices, then bring to a boil.

Add the broth, carrots and chicken. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook another 10-12 minutes.

Stir in half the cheese and 1 cup crushed tortilla chips.

Ladle into bowls and top with remaining cheese, fresh cilantro, fresh avocado, and more tortilla chip pieces.

*This is a great recipe to use up leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken. Just add it in at the very end to warm it up. **To make this a 4 Hour Body "slow carb diet" recipe, omit the tortilla chips and cheese. It's still awesome!

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59 Responses to “Nearly Famous Chicken Tortilla Soup”

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    megan — November 4, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    absolutely delicious soup!!! added some roasted red peppers….wonderful. thanks :)

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    Navi — March 29, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    Going to make this tonight, have all of the ingredients gathered and its a perfect overcast day for some tortilla soup! Will post about how it turns out. Wish me luck!!!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 16, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    I love chicken tortilla soup, this looks amazing! Glad you posted it on you FB page :).

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    Megan — January 22, 2014 @ 7:24 pm

    Thank you for this delicious recipe. I found it over a year ago when I was searching for a thin tortilla soup. I have made it at least 10 times since, and am making it again tonight. It’s one of my favorites!!! Thank you :)

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