Sunday, March 1, 2009

The famous Spicy Chicken Soup!

I smell like lime. Which could be much worse, because usually when I make Spicy Chicken Soup, I end up smelling like oil and/or cooked chicken. So...yeah. I'll take the lime. I thought I had posted the recipe before, but now I'm thinking I haven't. Anyway, I don't have much of a recipe. I can give you Rachael Ray's version, but it's actually only vaguely like what I make. And what I make is clearly better, because two, TWO people really like it.

If you'd like to attempt it yourself, here are the instructions. I have no ingredient amounts, because I just do whatever strikes me, depending on how much chicken I have and how hot I want it.

Heat some cumin and coriander in olive oil (Rachael doesn't do this, but it's actually the key to cooking with cumin). Add garlic and chicken. (I'm all about jarred garlic.) Cook it a bit, throw in jalapeno and celery if you're using it, I don't usually have it, but it's a nice addition. When the chicken is done, add chicken bouillon cubes and the appropriate amount of water. You can use chicken broth or stock, but a) I rarely have it 2) bouillon is cheaper d) I like it better. Anyway, you have so many other strong flavors, you don't need much in the way of fancy expensive broths. Add some Frank's Red Hot sauce and a few handfuls of egg noodles. The last minute or so, squeeze in a lime (which you have already zested). I throw the halves in to steep for a while. Garnish with lime zest, cilantro, a healthy blob of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips.

I threw in a few frozen zucchini pieces to see how they tasted, and you actually can't really taste them. Which is good for those who don't love zucchini. For the record, Rachael Ray's version omits the noodles and crushes the bag of chips and puts them in the soup, but that creeps me out. It also has green bell pepper and onions, both of which I hate.

You're not still insisting on specific measurements, are you?

Fine.

According to the cookbook:
2 T EVOO
1.5 lbs chicken
3 cloves garlic
1 green bell pepper
1 large onion
1 jalapeno
2 celery ribs
.5 T cumin
1 T coriander
2 c tortilla chips, crushed
2 t hot sauce "such as Tabasco"
1 qt chicken stock or broth
.5 c sour cream
Zest and juice of 2 limes
.5 c fresh cilantro
4 scallions

I forgot she garnishes it with scallions, too. Gross. And that's a heckuva lot of cilantro. And the recipe never does say what to do with the lime juice, heh.

But there you have it. Build from there.

1 comment:

Be nice.