If you’re a big fan of Mexican food, you’ll love this savory soup layered with many wonderful flavors!
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Chili-Spiced Chicken Soup with Stoplight Peppers and Avocado Relish
from Jamie Miller, Maple Grove, Minnesota, Cooking Light MARCH 2010
2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 Tablespoon canola oil, divided
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
2 cups chopped sweet onion
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups fresh corn kernels
1 (32-ounce) carton fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 (28-ounce) can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, undrained
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup chopped green onions
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
3 ounces queso fresco, crumbled
1 diced peeled avocado
Cilantro sprigs (optional)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
To prepare spice blend, combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl.
To prepare soup, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chicken; sprinkle 1 1/2 Tablespoons spice blend over chicken. Sauté 8 minutes or until done; cool. Chop chicken; set aside.
Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in pan over medium-high heat; add onion, bell peppers, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle vegetable mixture with remaining spice blend; sauté 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in chicken, corn, broth, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes. Add lime juice.
To prepare relish, combine chopped cilantro and next 4 ingredients (through avocado).
Ladle 1 1/4 cups soup into bowls; top with 1/4 cup relish. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.
Yields 8 servings.
MF&L Staff at Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine.