Thursday, November 13, 2008

Chicken Tortilla Soup with Chipotle and Fire Roasted Tomato

Cook Time: 20 min
Level: Easy
Yield: 4 servings


* 3 cups chicken stock
* 1 pound chicken tenders
* 1 bay leaf, fresh if available
* 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
* 4 slices thick, smoky center cut bacon, chopped
* 1 onion, finely chopped
* 4 cloves garlic, chopped
* 2 chipotles in adobo, chopped, plus 2 tablespoons sauce
* 1 (28-ounce) can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
* Salt
* 4 cups lightly crushed corn tortilla chips
* 2 cups shredded fresh smoked mozzarella or smoked sharp white
Cheddar, 3/4 pound
* 1 lime, cut into wedges
* 1/2 red onion, chopped
* Freshly chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish


Bring broth to a simmer and add chicken tenders, poach 6 to 7 minutes
with a bay leaf.

While chicken poaches, heat extra-virgin olive oil in a medium soup
pot or deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until
crisp then remove with slotted spoon. Drain off excess fat, leaving 2
to 3 tablespoons in the pan. Add onions and garlic to the skillet and
cook 5 minutes then stir in chipotles and tomatoes.

Remove chicken from stock, dice and then add to soup. Pass stock
through a strainer then add to the soup.

Place a pile of crushed tortilla chips in the bottom of each soup
bowl. Cover liberally with smoked cheese then ladle the hot soup down
over the top. Serve with lime, raw onions and cilantro at table to
finish the soup.


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