Tested and Perfected by Food and Wine
Mexican Chicken Soup
© Brooke Fitts

Mexican Chicken Soup

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 40 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4 to 6
  • HEALTHY
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • STAFF-FAVORITE

In Jane Coxwell's take on a classic tortilla soup, which she makes with tomatoes with flour tortillas stand in for the usual corn tortillas.

  1. 10 cups water
  2. One 3 1/2-pound chicken
  3. 3 medium tomatoes, cored and quartered
  4. 1 medium carrot, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  5. 1 small red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  6. 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  9. 1 small cinnamon stick
  10. 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  11. Salt
  12. Pepper
  13. 2 small flour tortillas, halved
  14. 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  1. In a saucepan, combine the water, chicken, tomatoes, carrot, onion, garlic, coriander, cumin, cinnamon and the 1/2 cup of cilantro. Add a generous pinch each of salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover partially and simmer over moderately low heat for 30 minutes, skimming as necessary. Discard the cinnamon stick and continue simmering until the chicken is cooked through, 30 minutes longer.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, toast the tortillas over moderate heat, turning once, until crisp in spots, 3 minutes. Cut the tortillas into thin strips.
  3. Transfer the chicken to a plate and let cool slightly. Shred the meat; discard the skin and bones. Return the chicken to the saucepan and reheat the soup. Stir in the lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with the tortilla strips and cilantro and serve.