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mexican chicken lime soup (sopa de lima)

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hours, 15 minutes

Total: 1 hours, 25 minutes

Servings: 6

Cost: $6.74 /serving

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Instructions

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Step 1

Dry tortillas in oven, cut into strips: Heat oven to 350°F. Place tortillas in a single layer on a baking sheet and heat in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, flipping over after the first 5 minutes. (This will help dry out the tortillas a bit before frying.) Remove from oven. Cut the tortillas into 1/4-inch wide strips.

Step 2

Fry tortilla strips in hot oil: Pour oil into a large, thick-bottomed pot to 1/4-inch deep, about 1 to 1 1/2 cups. Heat the pot on medium high heat until the oil temperature reaches about 350°F or a small piece of tortilla place in the oil sizzles. If a small tester piece of tortilla burns or browns too fast, move the pan from heat to let the oil cool a bit before continuing.Working in batches, gently scatter a handful of tortilla strips in the hot oil. Turn with metal tongs so that the tortilla strips are separated.  Cook for a few minutes or until the strips just begin to color. Remove them to a paper towel lined plate.When I make these after I add the tortilla strips I increase the heat of the burner to compensate for the tortilla strips lowering the temperature of the oil. Once the tortilla strips start to color I lower the temperature to keep the oil from getting too hot.

Step 3

Sauté onions, add garlic, habanero, cinnamon, ground cloves: Remove all but two tablespoons of the tortilla frying oil. Heat on medium high. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic, minced habanero, cinnamon, and ground cloves and cook a few minutes longer.

Step 4

Add tomatoes, stock, oregano, chicken, salt, then simmer: Add the peeled chopped tomatoes to the onions.  Add the stock, oregano, and chicken. Add one teaspoon of salt.Bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to maintain a low simmer.Cover and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, until the chicken is just cooked through.

Step 5

Remove chicken from pot, shred: Remove pot from the heat. Remove the chicken from the pot. Using two forks, shred the chicken.

Step 6

Return shredded chicken to pot, add lime juice: Return the chicken to the soup.  Stir in the lime juice. Add more salt, if needed, to taste.Serve garnished with fried tortilla strips, chopped avocado, and cilantro.

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