I have been looking for an excuse to make homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup for a long time. It’s one of those soups that you can eat on just about any occasion, it was perfect on a sunny spring day with some homemade margaritas and guacamole.
The best part is it is also super easy! I cannot wait to make this a staple around my house. My aunt advised to use the chicken with skin on and bone in since it has more flavor, it was a little more effort but worth it! Adding black beans and olives is totally optional here, but 100% necessary for me in just about every mexican dish.
I also didn’t know Ina Garten had an aversion to cilantro, it is so sad when I find out people despise the herb, but I know it’s typically a weird genetic thing.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa at Home
we served 6, but there were still LOTS of leftovers!
- 4 split (2 whole) chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
- olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
- 1 cup chopped celery (2 stalks)
- 2 cups chopped carrots (4 carrots)
- 4 large cloves garlic, minced
- 2 1/2 quarts (80 oz) chicken stock
- 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes in puree, crushed
- 2 to 4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander seed
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, optional
- 1 can rinsed and drained black beans, optional
- 6 (6-inch) fresh white corn tortillas
- sliced avocado
- sour cream
- grated Cheddar and/or Pepper Jack cheese
- sliced black olives
- tortilla chips or extra tortillas
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the chicken breasts skin side up on a sheet pan. Rub with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until done. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, discard the skin and bones, and shred the meat. Cover and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the onions, celery, and carrots and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, or until the onions start to brown. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes with their puree, jalapenos, cumin, coriander, 1 tablespoon salt (depending on the saltiness of the chicken stock), 1 teaspoon pepper, and the cilantro, if using. Cut the tortillas in 1/2, then cut them crosswise into 1/2-inch strips and add to the soup. Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Add the shredded chicken and black beans (if using) and season to taste. Serve the soup hot topped with sliced avocado, a dollop of sour cream, grated Cheddar or Pepper Jack cheese, and broken tortilla chips.