Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I Love Tuesdays & Chicken Tortilla Soup

I adore Tuesdays.

Because of the nature of my job, many of my weekends are consumed with meetings, conferences, and other work-related activities. So Tuesdays are my consistent day off - my personal day to rest, relax and spend time doing things that I enjoy.

So what have I done today? To start, I slept in without an alarm clock...ah, pure joy. Who else can do that on a weekday? Then I ate breakfast, watched You've Got Mail, played Facebook Poker, and got a haircut. A pretty nice way to spend the morning, no? I think I'll go and curl up with a good book next to the heater now.

But before I leave, here's a recipe for some yummo chicken tortilla soup that we enjoyed recently. And as a bonus, I've included my recipe for insanely-easy-to-make flour tortilla chips. Enjoy your Tuesday!

Chicken Tortilla Soup
4 skinless chicken thighs
1 14.5 ounce can reduced sodium chicken broth
1 jalapeno chile, diced
Coarse salt
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
4 large scallions, thinly sliced
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
1/4 cup cilantro sprigs
1 lime, cut in wedges

In a large pot, bring chicken, broth, jalapeno, and 8 cups of water to a boil over meduim-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until chicken is cooked through about 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to plate and let cool. Using a large spoon, skim fat from the surface off the broth, and strain the liquid through a sieve into a clean pot. Shred chicken, and return it to the pot. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt. Garnish with remaining ingredients as desired. Serves 4.

Baked Tortilla Chips
12 flour tortillas
Vegetable cooking spray
Coarse salt

Preheat oven to 375. Cut tortillas into eighths. Spread tortilla pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt. Bake until chips are crisp and slightly golden, about 10 minutes.

33 comments:

  1. Your Tuesday sounds fabulous! And ohmygoodnessgracious that tortilla soup sounds fantastic. Especially on this freakishly cold day in LA, brrrrr.

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  2. sleeping without alarms is definitely fantabulous!

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  3. are you kidding me right now with those recipes? i'm not even hungry but i want to consume those items pronto!

    and p.s. good luck getting any weather sympathy over here (per Katelin's comment) as it's about negative 5 outside. literally.

    auughhh!

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  4. So I'm kinda sleepy... you wanna bring some soup over for me? ;)
    Looks delish!

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  5. Oh wow that looks so yummy! :) I'll have to try that recipe sometime! And your day sounds liek bliss. I wish I could stay in and just laze around for a day.

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  6. Um, I love making tortilla chips and wontons at home. My mouth loves them too. My diet? not so much.

    Your blog always makes me hungry :)

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  7. For a moment there I thought you were going to make tortilla chips from scratch. It brought to mind that episode of Survivor where the chef was one-upped by that girl contestant who showed HIM what you can make with flour and water. Ha!

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  8. That sounds like such a good Tuesday!! You definitely succeeded in making me jealous AND ridiculously hungry, haha.

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  9. that all looks delicious! Happy Tuesday!

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  10. yay! another recipe for dinner... 2 days down, 363 more dinners to plan!

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  11. This is such a coincidence! My company's cafeteria makes the best chicken tortilla soup every Wednesday...I always buy my lunch that day :)

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  12. this sounds sooo good, and it's dinner time now so my stomach is rumbling. i'll have to try making this sometime soon! thanks for sharing the recipe. =)

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  13. Mmmmm...my mouth just watered!! :)

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  14. ahhh DROOL that sounds incredible! copy and pasting...now!

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  15. the soup looks good and even better, the recipe looks doable

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  16. yum, that looks so good. i would totally be making this for dinner tonight if i didn't already have dinner planned!

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  17. yum yum yum! we made our own version of this this weekend but yours looks sooo good!

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  18. ...hey lets see pics of your new haircut !!!
    love the soup ... somehow it looks just perfect for a Tuesday night.

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  19. Sounds like you had a great tuesday... you can't go wrong with sleeping in 'n then watching "you've got mail" ...it happens to be one of my FAVORITE movies. Oh and thanks for sharing your chip recipe... always wanted to try it...'n now i know how yay. :P

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  20. Hi Lariss! You are becoming so talented in the kitchen. I like your tortilla idea. I once started a fire trying to make "chips" in the toaster.

    In college I made my own corn tortilla chips using a bag of corn meal. They were good, if you like thick chips. But I got a nasty burn on my arm from frying them and am still scarred!

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  21. I'm so jealous of your peaceful Tuesdays! Not to mention the yummy looking soup, I might have to make that one, we could use some warming up here!

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  22. It sounds like you had an absolutely fabulous day. And looking at the soup and tortillas makes me hungry. I might have to give them a shot!

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  23. That is fabulous! It sure looks yummy. You are making me feel hungry.

    Alexander
    Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

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  24. I'll bet those tortilla chips are great with sugar & cinnamon too. (instead of salt) I'm going to try it!

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  25. You always share great recipes. Thanks!

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  26. That looks amazing. I will be trying that out soon.

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  27. Mmmmmmm thank you for the recipe! Chicken Tortilla soup is one of my favorite things in the world. I must try this one.

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  28. The soup is a la Rachel Ray - Yum O - and let me get this straight - weekends = conferences, meetings - ugh

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  29. I like the idea of a clear tortilla soup versus a red one. We have a recipe for a a red tortilla soup on our blog, but this one looks delish!

    amy @ http://www.weareneverfull.com

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