Monday, November 7, 2011

Mexican Chicken Lime Soup

Awhile back, when the weather was still a million degrees, I came across Rachel Ray's recipe for Mexican Chicken Lime Soup. One of my favorite things about fall and winter are the cozy dishes like homemade chicken pot pie, and chili (anyone have a chili recipe they love?) and stew and soup. Dirk doesn't love any of the aforementioned but he will tolerate them on occasion because he knows that I  love them. When I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it because I can usually entice Dirk to eat anything that has limes in it.

After looking over the ingredients list, I realized I was going to make quite a few changes to the recipe both for cost purposes and our personal preferences. We don't do spicy and I didn't want to buy a can of chipotle chiles to barely use any. I already had the Pace Salsa Verde on hand from making these very yummy baked taquitos. The smokiness from the smoked paprika in the salsa was a good replacement for the chipotle chiles with little to no heat added. I highly suggest that you buy the salsa and make the taquitos another night, they're so easy and SO yummy!!!

The best part of this meal is that it is versatile, you can add whatever frozen veggies you have on hand although our mixture was so yummy!

Mexican Chicken Lime Soup
inspired by Rachel Ray
Yields 6 servings

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
6 cloves of garlic, chopped
3-4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 cup Pace Salsa Verde (see above notes for another, super yummy, use for this salsa)
6 cups chicken broth
Trader Joe's fire-roasted corn (or any bag of frozen corn), I just "eyeballed" it, about half a bag
1 regular sized can black beans
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Juice of 2 limes
Salt and Pepper
1 hass avocado, thinly sliced lengthwise into 12 pieces (or 2 avocados sliced thicker...we love avocados!)
Crushed tortilla chips
shredded cheddar cheese, mexican blend or cotija cheese (optional)

In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, lower the heat to medium and cook until the onion begins to brown, about 7 minutes. Remove the sauteed garlic and onion onto a plate. Increase the heat to high, add the chicken and cook, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and onion, salsa verde and chicken broth. Once it's all mixed together add in the frozen corn and black beans. Lower the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, skimming any foam. Stir in the cilantro and lime juice; season with salt and pepper.

Place 2 avocado slices in each of 6 soup bowls and pour in the soup. Top with the tortilla chips and shredded cheese.


  1. This looks delicious, and definitely something my hubby would love!

    Since I can't post comments on my own blog, I wanted to ask about the timeouts. How do you get her to sit there the entire minute? I've tried it just a couple times with Ryan but he hopped down and ran around. I'm thinking of trying it with something he can't escape from, like his old pack n play.

  2. Hey girl,
    I just put Makenzie on one of her kiddie chairs in our dining room. She can't reach the floor yet and won't get down (even though she probably could, heh). She's not a climber so I don't have to worry about that, as soon as she realizes she can get down I'll have to rethink where she's gonna go.

    The pack n play is a great idea! At this age, the main idea is that they are realizing that what they did is not okay and has an affect on you. Your teaching behavior but also teaching empathy. It's not okay to do this, and feel for Mommy who is saddened by what you did. It may seem at first like he doesn't understand but he's getting at least part of the idea. A calm but stern/sad voice and a stern face is probably going to be the most effective way to get to him right now. Even babies can read tone and expression, so for him to see that what he did made you sad and see your face upset he'll understand that his actions have a negative effect on you and on his freedom (which we all know these toddlers love). When you go to get him after his one minute, having him hug you and speaking in a sweeter tone shows him that when I'm nice Mommy is happy and I get out. You can also have him "show you nice" so rub your arm or face. Even if it seems like it's not working, be persistent and he'll get it.

    Makenzie had a problem for awhile throwing massive fits when I got her ready. Like full on throwing herself backwards, arching her back and yelling. It took a week or two of doing this time-out every single day (sometimes more than once a day) but eventually she stopped. She still tries to run from me sometimes but as soon as I grab her she calms down. It's always a process.

    Sorry, that response was really long, it's the child development coming out in me. Heh.

  3. Thank you for the thoughtful response! Up until now I've been practically yelling "no" when Ryan is naughty. But he often just giggles and does it again. I want to try being calmer, and using a gentler tone, much like I've seen SuperNanny do for the "naughty spot" on the TV show. I got out the pack n play today. Wish me luck!!