Bored Cook In The Kitchen

Tried and true recipes, new twists on old favorites, and new dishes to expand my family's palate.

Mexican Chicken & Lime Soup

I’ve been looking at this recipe for a while and salivating over it.  I saw it in Everyday by Rachael Ray’s magazine,  October 2009 issue and have wanted to make it ever since.  Finally, I did. 

If Chicken Soup is considered Jewish Penicillin, than this soup should be considered Mexican Oxycodone!  If you have the least bit of a cold or congestion, this soup will pretty much blow a hole right through it and then some.

What intrigued me about this recipe was that it has some of my most favorite things.  Cilantro, lime, tortilla chips and avocado.  And the flavors work well together.  The creaminess of the avocado does help to tone down the spiciness of the chipotle chiles.  Not to mention the corn chips that just make it for me.

It was simple and took minutes to throw together.  My husband has been feeling a little under the weather lately.  I have a feeling after a bowl of this, he will be feeling back to normal in no time. 

I pretty much followed the recipe, but did up a couple of the ingredients.  I’ll give you the original version of the recipe and note at the end what I changed up a bit.


Recipe from: Everyday with Rachael Ray October 2009 issue

Serves 6

  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Small onion, finely chopped
  • 6 Cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 Canned chipotle chilis in adobo sauce, finely chopped, plus 2 tablespoons of adobo sauce.
  • 6 Cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 Cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 Haas avocado, thinly sliced lengthwise into 12 pieces
  • Crushed Tortilla Chips

In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.  Stir in the onion and garlic, lower the temperature to medium and cook until the onion begins to brown, about 7 minutes.

Increase the heat to high, push the onion and garlic to the side of the pan and add the chicken and cook, stirring  until golden, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the chipotle chilis and adobo sauce, then stir in the chicken brother.

Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, skimming of any foam.  Stir in the cilantro and lime juice; season with the salt and pepper.

Place 2 avocado slices in each of 6 soup bowls and pour in the soup.  Top with the tortilla chips.

Now here are the changes that I made.  I added the onion first, and when it was halfway done, I added the garlic (which I chopped instead of sliced).  Once I had both the onion and garlic done, I removed it from the pan and then added the chicken.  Garlic burns too quickly and I wasn’t going to take that chance.  After the chicken was done, I added the onion and garlic mixture back to the pan.

I toasted the tortilla chips in the oven for a few minutes on 350 and then crushed them and added them to the soup.  It really brings out the flavor of the chips.  Just watch you don’t burn them.

I served with a lime wedge for some extra zing. 

If you want to cut the heat, remove the seeds and membrane from the chilis before chopping them and adding them to the soup. 

I also added additional fresh cilantro to the bowl just before serving.

If I had some sour cream, I would have stirred in a teaspoon of that as well.  Next time!


53 responses to “Mexican Chicken & Lime Soup

  1. cavemancooking February 15, 2010 at 3:30 AM

    This looks and sounds great, Pam. Don’t think I’ll wait until I’m sick to give this a go, though. 😉

    • boredcook February 15, 2010 at 3:50 PM

      I think you will like it. I’m already coming up with ways to change it up and add something new. I’m sure you will have some great ideas about that, too!

      I will add that next time I plan on doubling the amount of the chilies and adobo sauce. I wanted more than what the original recipe called for.

  2. your sister-in-law February 19, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    if you love chipotle peppers, she, Rachel Ray has a fantastic sloppy joe recipe with them; they are fabulous
    i think if you search her website you will find them: Chipolte Sloppy Joes
    Maybe an idea for family w/e this summer.
    i made them last year for ugl day along with pulled pork(another great recipe i have aquired and did them on slider buns which let everyone try both and have more of what they preferred. a little oriental cole slaw and we were good to go!
    Can’t wait for summer!!!!!

  3. boredcook February 19, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    I might have to try it since I have all these chipotle chilis leftover from this recipe. (Which I think needs more than what she called for). I froze them until I could decide what I wanted to do with them. I almost made a dip with them last weekend, but since it was only us here I figured it would be too much.

    And I agree with you on te summer. I can’t wait for it either. I’m pretty much done with winter and I’m tired of freezing.

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