Chicken Tortilla Soup

This is one of my favorite "not sure what to make for dinner tonight" recipes!  It tastes really good and I usually have all these ingredients in my fridge/cupboard.  Plus, it only takes about 5 minutes to throw all the ingredients together, and about 30 minutes to cook.  I posted this picture forever ago on Instagram (@nhodson1 if you aren't following me yet!) and just now finally am typing up the recipe.  Sorry for the delay!


Ingredients:
-4 chicken boneless skinless chicken breasts, not frozen
-1 can diced tomatoes (not drained), 14.5 ounce
-1 can black beans (drained), 14.5 ounce
-1 small onion
-2 Tbsp minced garlic
-1 cup frozen corn (or a 14.5 ounce can of corn will work too) - we buy our corn in the summer when it is really inexpensive from a local farmer and freeze it.  So, I just cut the corn off the cob and use it which is why you see whole cobs here.  If I didn't do that I would just buy frozen corn or use canned.
-1 jalapeno, finely diced (vary to taste - this will be a little bit spicy - about medium heat.  If you like mild food start with 1/2 jalepeno).  You can also use canned jalapenos if you don't have fresh on hand.
-2 limes, juiced OR 2 Tbsp lime juice (fresh will taste better)
-1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (dried will work if that's all you have on hand)
-3 14.5 ounce cans low-sodium chicken broth (Note: this will make a relatively thick soup - if you want your soup to go a little further you can add an extra can of broth and make it slightly thinner but a larger batch)
-salt/pepper to taste (I used about 1 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp sea salt)
-Sriracha sauce to taste - just because everything tastes a little bit better with sriracha 🙂  (I used about 2 tsp)

Directions:
-Put all ingredients except for cilantro in a large pot.
-Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to med-low and keep it at a slow boil for 25 minutes.  If you want the chicken to cook faster, you can cut the breasts in half or thirds and then you will only need to boil for 15-20 minutes.
-After 25 minutes, take the chicken out of your pot with a fork (one breast at a time) and put it on a separate plate.  Cut into the chicken to make sure it's cooked all the way through, then using two forks (or a knife and a fork) shred your chicken.  The chicken should shred pretty easily.  Once shredded, put back in the pot and repeat with each chicken breast until all chicken is shredded.  If you've never shredded chicken before click HERE for a youtube video showing you how to easily shred it (I use two forks instead of one fork/fingers because the chicken is still too hot to touch when I take it out).   It's really easy and you should be able to shred all the chicken in 3-4 minutes.
-Add cilantro in pot, mix together, and serve!
-You can garnish with fresh cilantro, lime, avocado, or Greek yogurt mixed with lime juice (tastes like sour cream).  I have also baked a Food for Life brand tortilla, then cut it into strips to make a healthier version of tortilla strips to garnish with.

If making as a freezer meal:

No cooking is required when prepping this freezer meal. Use all the same ingredients as above.  When I make this into a freezer meal I put all the ingredients in a gallon-size freezer ziploc bag EXCEPT for the broth - you add that the day you cook your meal.  Make sure to push out any extra air in your ziploc bag before sealing to prevent freezer burn.  The day before I want to make this for dinner I will usually pull it out of the freezer and stick it in the fridge to defrost.  Put all ingredients (plus 3-4 cans of chicken broth) in the crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.  I usually write on the outside of the bag "add 3 cans broth" just as a reminder.  The crockpot works really well, especially if some of your ingredients are still a little frozen.  You don't have to use a crockpot if you don't want to, you can also cook it like I described above in a pot on the stove in about 30 minutes.  Check out my post HERE on some of my favorite freezer meals.


4 Comments

  1. I made this for dinner last night and it was a hit for everyone! Love when I can make healthy dinners that are totally satisfying. I love spicy foods, so I added lots of Sriracha on mine. Not bad when, my 4yr old, 12yr old and husband like it! Thanks, Natalie! I might just have to buy your recipe book. Always a plus, when I have leftovers for lunch the next day:)

    Thanks Again,
    Jess

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  2. Are the listed ingredients above the doubled recipe to make 2 bags or do you double what you have listed?

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  3. Made this last night to freeze in individual portions for quick and healthy lunches. Once I had it all in the pot I thought it needed more veggies so I added a chopped zucchini, a bell pepper, and another can of tomatoes. I love how “clean” it tastes with the lime juice. So easy and I only dirtied a few dishes!

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  4. When using this as a freezer meal, at what point would you shred the chicken? Thanks for any feedback!

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