Make that Chicken Tortilla soup!

tortilla-soup-3When life throws you lemons, I make chicken soup. When I think of the words “chicken soup”, I think of the inspirational and empowering Chicken Soup for the Soul books I read as an adolescent. Those books I could count on to cure my sadness and empower me to conquer my fears and weaknesses. This week, I made chicken soup and I’ll share with you the recipe inspired by an amazing cooking blog, Tastes Better from Scratch.

What you need:
  1. 4-Quart stock pot
  2. 3 grains of mastic
  3. One small brown onion
  4. 4-6 tomatoes tomatoes
  5. 4 cloves minced garlic
  6. 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  7. 3/4 tsp paprika
  8. 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  9. Ground black pepper
  10. 4 chicken thighs/breasts with skin and bone.
  11. 14 oz. black beans, drained and rinsed
  12. 1.5 cups corn, cut from ear
  13. 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  14. 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  15. Tortilla chips/strips
Let’s make it happen:
  1. Bring water to boil.
  2. On low heat, add mastic, one small brown onion and chicken thighs/breasts (with skin and bone) in the pot.
  3. Partially cover with lid and cook on low heat for 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and transfer the chicken to a large bowl. When it’s cool enough to touch, remove the skin and bones from the chicken as you’re shredding the chicken.
  5. Add the chicken back into the chicken broth along with onion, garlic, cumin, paprika, coriander, salt and pepper.
  6. Meanwhile, rinse black beans and place in a separate pot. Cover beans with 3 cups of fresh water and bring to a boil over high heat then reduce the heat and simmer covered for 30 minutes, skimming off any foam.
  7. Add sliced tomatoes, black beans, cut cilantro. Squeeze lime juice and top with tortilla strips.

Bon appétit.

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