Everyone is always looking for easy chicken recipes - so why not try this delicious chicken tortilla soup? This healthy one-pot meal also incorporates a lot of vegetables and is perfect for the colder months.
Host Phoebe Lapine uses chicken thighs for this homemade soup. Chicken thighs are not quite as lean as chicken breasts, but allow you to use less oil when cooking the chicken. First, place the chicken thighs into the pot with some oil to give them a nice sear on both sides, then remove from the pot. You don't necessarily need to cook the chicken all the way through as it will continue to simmer in the pot with the rest of the chicken tortilla soup.
Add your onions and carrots to the pot. Then add jalapeno, garlic, and some chili powder and cumin. As a fun pro tip - Phoebe recommends adding spices into your pot early in a recipe so they have time to toast at the bottom of the pan. Then add some fire roasted tomatoes for flavor and let the soup start to simmer. Then add the chicken back into the pot and cook the rest of the chicken directly in the broth so it stays nice and moist. Then cover the whole chicken tortilla soup mixture with some chicken broth, allow the soup to come to a boil, then turn down to simmer.
While the soup is simmering, you can prepare your tortillas. Arrange brown tortillas on a parchment lined baking sheet and brush lightly with some olive oil on both sides. Then, take the tortillas and cut into thin strips. Place the strips evenly around the baking pan and place in the oven for about 10 minutes to bake.
When your chicken has cooked into the chicken tortilla soup broth, pull it out and shred to smaller pieces with a fork. You can do this roughly just to get the chicken into smaller bite size pieces, then place the chicken back into the pot. Then add in your fresh corn and sugar snap peas. Finally, add in some lime juice to brighten up the soup.
To serve, place the baked tortillas in the bottom of a bowl as the base of your soup. Then, just ladle the soup over top of the tortillas. Add some cilantro as a garnish and some fresh chopped avocado for taste, Phoebe loves the cool creamy taste of the avocado against the warm chicken tortilla soup. Yum!