chicken tortilla soup

Sometimes I get cooking cravings. Yes, you read that right - cooking cravings, not cookie cravings (although sometimes I get those too). It's not just that I want to eat something, but I really crave the actual act of cooking something. The chopping, the mixing, the measuring, and then of course the eventual eating. I've had a cooking craving for chicken tortilla soup for about a year now - and I finally got around to making it. I'm so thankful I did as I'm sure this [healthy] soup will be a staple in my home this winter.

Here's what you'll need... 
1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red onion, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
2 1/2 teaspoons cumin
2 tsp salt
7 cups chicken broth
4 oz can of green chilies
20 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
16 oz can of hominy
juice of 1 lime
14 oz can of diced fire roasted tomatoes
2 flour tortillas
avocado and cilantro for garnish

Here's what to do...
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Salt and pepper chicken breast on a baking sheet and bake until cooked through (about 30 minutes).
Heat olive oil over medium heat in large soup pot. Add onion, jalapeno and green pepper to pot. Salt with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is transparent and peppers have softened. Add garlic and cook for addition 2-3 minutes.
Add chili powder, cumin and remaining salt and stir to coat the vegetables. Add in chicken broth and remaining ingredients through diced tomatoes. Bring soup to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes.
While soup is cooking, shred chicken using the prongs of two forks.
Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees. Put tortilla strips on baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Bake until strips brown (about 10 minutes)
Add chicken to soup and serve. Garnish with tortilla strips, chopped cilantro and avocado. You may also add shredded cheese (optional).

I could definitely go for a bowl of this for lunch every single day. So comforting. 

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  1. Mmm that sounds and looks really good! I love healthy soups. I definitely want to make this ASAP!

  2. I get those cravings too, haha :) I have to make this soup!!

  3. looks fantastic! something different and warm for the winter. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  4. Chicken tortilla is my all time favorite!

  5. Yummmm! I can't keep reading this first thing in the morning, makes me way too hungry!

  6. Such a great comfort food for the winter time!


  7. I feel silly having to ask this, but what's hominy and where do you find it in the store?

  8. I totally know what you mean about cooking cravings! This soup looks and sounds so good, I'll be trying it soon.

  9. This looks so delicious! One of my favorite things to do when I make tortilla strips is to toss them with sugar and cinnamon after they are baked. Probably not at all healthy, but soooo good!

  10. Perfect for a nice cold day. Yummy!

  11. Wow...this soup looks AMAZING!!! And I love the thick cut tortilla strips! Wow!

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  14. I made this soup for a group of friends and family and everyone LOVED it! Amazing recipe - thanks for sharing!!!

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