Friday, March 22, 2013

Chicken Tortilla Soup {She cooks}

I have aquired this strange habit of pinteresting myself to sleep... some people read, some people count sheep, some people watch TV... me? I pinterest. 

Then I dream of these wonderful concoctions. And usually wake up with ideas of what I'm cooking for dinner. Inspiration strikes me funny sometimes. 

I've been wanting to make Tortilla Soup for awhile but the roommate doesn't like beans, and I tend to overload my soup with beans. {But seriously, who doesn't like beans?!} Then she had decided try to live a gluten free lifestyle {which I think is great - and inadvertently I have too} however, when I used to make this soup the base was a cheddar cheese soup base. Not gluten free friendly. 

Then... inspiration struck. And I decided to give this baby a go with a new recipe I had brewing in my head... it's healthy, bean free {reluctantly}, and gluten free! #winning <-- that's not still a thing, huh? 

What you need:
1/2 sweet onion, finely diced
1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small can of diced green chilies
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
2-3 large chicken breasts {I used thighs and it turned out pretty yummy as well}
1 jar of any salsa of your choice
1 can rotel tomatoes
taco seasoning {store bought or homemade}
1 small container {6 oz.} plain greek yogurt
1 bag of frozen corn

Sour cream
Cheddar cheese
Tortilla chips
Or whatever your little heart desires

What you do:
The best part about this soup... it's a one pot wonder, and the longer it cooks on the stove the better. I started this soup as soon as I got home from work one evening and just let it simmer on the stove for probably over an hour until it was dinner time. Or... you can eat it right away. That's my favorite kind of meal. 

Anyways... you probably want to know how to make this, huh? 

In a large pot heat the olive oil on medium, add the diced onion, red pepper, can of chilies, and garlic and let saute for a few minutes. I probably let them go for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. While the veggies are sauteing - dice your chicken up in a bite size pieces. How much chicken you use it totally up to you! 

Pour the chicken broth into the pot and give it a good stir to loosen up anything stuck on the bottom. Add the chicken and up the heat a bit to medium-high. While this is cooking, get out your blender... pour the jar of salsa, can of tomatoes {and their liquid}, greek yogurt, and taco seasoning in the blender and let that puree until nice and smooth. This makes the base for the soup... and it's a darn good base if I do say so myself... pour that into the pot, dump the bag of frozen corn in there as well. Cover, turn the heat to low and let it go for about 20 minutes. Stirring occasionally. 

And that's it. Serve this bowl of healthy, yumminess up and you will have dinner and leftovers {at least for me} for a couple of days! 

**I would flavor check before you serve it to make sure it isn't too spicy. If it is... put a heaping spoonful of sour cream in the pot and stir.**

Serves 6 {ish}.

Happy Friday, buttercups!

Do you have anything exciting planned for the weekend? I gotta do some laundry and work... who wants to come do my laundry?!?!?! ;)


Abby said...

Yum, I will have to try this! Found you from the blog hop! Thanks for co-hosting! Now following! :)


Francesca Giusti said...

love them and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :D

naninana noni said...

Looks real good, I´M sucker for soup! always on the hunt for new recipes. Following you via blogloving coll., have a happy weekend, greetings from Middle Europe, Noni!

lacey said...

yum yum yum. i used to work in a gluten free retail store, and it's ridiculous how many products have gluten in them! even things like shampoo and deodorant. this soup looks crazy good. thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Newbie follower from the bloglovin hop. Thanks for co-hosting. This dish looks good. It makes me want to curl up on the couch, with a good movie. Thanks!



Lindsay Kauffman said...

This looks delish! I am a big fan of chic tortilla soup and now that I see there is a healthy version, this may be my new go-to soup! Thanks love!

Anonymous said...

This looks soo good! Thanks for the recipe (:

Sam @ said...

Tortilla soup on a cold day is just too perfect!!