- SERVINGS: 4
Ancho chiles are dried poblanos. Choose anchos that are still pliable or soften them by warming them in a 350° oven for a minute or so.
- Four 6-inch corn tortillas
- 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 8 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
- 4 fresh or canned plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped, with their juices
- 1 medium all-purpose potato, peeled and cut into 1/3-inch dice
- 1 ancho chilestemmed, seeded and cut into thin strips
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
- 1 small zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1 small yellow squash, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1 pound small skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips
- Cilantro sprigs, for garnish
- 1 lime, quartered, for garnish
- Sour cream, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 425°. Brush both sides of the tortillas with the vegetable oil, cut them into 1/2-inch-wide strips and spread them in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for about 5 minutes, or until golden.
- In a large nonreactive saucepan, combine the stock, tomatoes, potato, ancho, onion, garlic, marjoram and 1 teaspoon of salt; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to moderate; simmer until the vegetables are almost tender, about 15 minutes. Add the zucchini and yellow squash; cook for 1 minute longer. Add the chicken and simmer until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt.
- Ladle the soup into warmed soup plates or bowl. Float a few tortilla strips on top of each serving and garnish each with several cilantro sprigs, a lime quarter and a dollop of sour cream. Serve the remaining tortilla strips on the side. Enjoy the soup right away, before the tortillas become soggy.
The spiciness of the soup suggests an off-dry, fruity white to balance the heat. Try a dry Californian Chenin Blanc.