Chicken and Lime Soup

2 Feb

I absolutely LOVE Mexican food, and generally eat something from that cuisine at least once a week.  Last week I decided to sort through my huge stacks of magazines, and once and for all decide which were worthy of being kept and which ones needed to be tossed.  In that stack I found a special Mexican edition of Better Homes and Gardens from 2007.  I have no clue where I got this, but I was excited to pore through it and find something cool.

I came across this fascinating sounding Chicken and Lime Soup recipe, and decided to give it a try, since I had all of the ingredients on hand.

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  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green sweet pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • Tortilla strips/chips

Rinse chicken; pat dry with paper towels.  In a large Dutch oven, bring broth to boiling.  Add the chicken; reduce heat.  Simmer, covered, about 15 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink.  Remove chicken from broth; let stand until cool enough to handle.  Shred chicken; set aside.  Strain the broth through a large sieve or colander lined with two layers of 100% cotton cheesecloth; set broth aside.

In the same Dutch oven, cook onion, pepper and garlic in hot oil until tender.  Stir in strained broth, tomato and oregano.  Bring to boiling.  Stir in lime peel and lime juice.  Reduce heat.  Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.  Stir in chicken; heat through.

Top each serving with tortilla strips/chips.

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I don’t have a sieve or cheesecloth, but the soup looked (and tasted!) fine to me.  It was probably a bit greasier as a result, but that’s okay.  When I first tasted the soup after adding in the lime, it was VERY tart.  But after allowing it to simmer for those 20 minutes, the flavours melded and it was so scrumptious.  It is a tangy soup for sure, but the flavour is incredible.  I highly recommend it!

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