Friday, September 21, 2018

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Sadly, we don't live in the sort of magical universe where we can contract an adorable frog for a chef. However, this recipe is so simple and good that it's almost like magic.
The first part of this soup spell involves marinating your meat. I found some organic chicken tenders in the meat section of my grocery store. Meat is expensive these days, but if you marinate it beforehand, even the markdown cuts will become tender and tasty. 
I like to use Italian dressing for marinating chicken. Wishbone is the gold standard of inexpensive Italian dressings, and it's really made a difference in my recipes. Use 1/2 cup per pound of meat, and marinate for at least eight hours. No need to rinse, pour the whole thing in your crockpot, stockpot, or pressure cooker with the other ingredients.
I used a crockpot (slow cooker) for this recipe, which is easily multiplied for serving larger groups.
You will need:

1 pound of chicken cut into bite-size pieces and marinated in 1/2 cup Italian dressing for at least 8 hours
1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz can Ro-Tel tomatoes and peppers. I used the Chili Fixins, but the regular Ro-Tel will work too.
1 15 oz can corn, or equivalent amount of frozen corn. I increased it to 2 cups because I really like corn.
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock or broth

Dump all ingredients into slow cooker and stir. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours. Serve topped with crushed tortilla chips.
This hearty soup not only tastes good, it's also an immune system booster. There's truth to the old tale that it's good to eat chicken soup when you're feeling under the weather. The spices will also serve as an antiseptic.
A piece of advice: antibiotics can't cure a cold. There are various microbes that cause the common cold, all of them are viruses. Antibiotics are ineffective against viruses. It is important to use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary to avoid building up resistance to them.
When it comes to fighting a cold, you're better off increasing your zinc, vitamin C, and B vitamin intake for a few days. Use a product such as Emergen-C, drink a little extra orange or tomato juice, take an extra vitamin supplement and enjoy a hearty, homemade soup like this one. Bon appetit!


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