Wednesday, August 24, 2011

And I Wanna Spread the News, If It Feels This Good Gettin' Used...

I wasn't kiddin' about finding 1001 uses for chicken thighs. You have to. Sometimes its the only affordable meat. I was thrilled to think of using my thighs this time for Chipotle Tortilla Soup! Hee Haw! This was a winner for me. I made the homemade broth and added these huge tomatoes that were slightly wilting. At the end you just smash them down and their flavor bursts into the broth along with onions, garlic, celery, carrots, bay leaves and peppercorns.

Another quick tip I never heard is that I use the thick stems of the cilantro bunch in my stock. You have to rinse them well since they hold the majority of the dirt but I keep them in a bunch and then just take out at the end.

I deboned and shredded the chicken, added corn, lots of fresh cilantro leaves, carrots, canned fire roasted tomatoes. When it was simmering nicely, I added 3/4 cup of long grain white rice and lastly, my chipotle salsa.

I served it up with lots of tortilla chips, green onions and grated white cheddar cheese.
Chicken soup but SO much better.

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