Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Roasted Tomato and Chicken Tortilla Soup (from scratch!)

The first of this weeks healthy meals!  I got this one out of Cooking Light Magazine, except I added grilled chicken for some extra protein.  Enjoy!


  • 5  medium tomatoes, cut in half (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 2  (6-inch) Anaheim chiles (I used poblano peppers because they were out of Anaheim)
  • 7  (1/4-inch-thick) slices onion
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 2  large garlic cloves, halved
  • Cooking spray
  • 8  (6-inch) white corn tortillas, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1  tablespoon  chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2  teaspoons  ground cumin
  • 1/2  teaspoon  sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 3  (14-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2  cup  diced ripe avocado
  • 1/2  cup  (2 ounces) shredded queso fresco
  • 8  cilantro sprigs


1. Preheat broiler.
2. Arrange tomatoes, cut sides down, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Cut chiles in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place chiles, skin sides up, on baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Remove from oven; let stand 15 minutes. Peel tomatoes and chiles; place in a small bowl. Place onion and garlic on baking sheet; lightly coat with cooking spray. Broil 20 minutes or until browned, turning after 10 minutes. Add onion and garlic to tomatoes in bowl. Discard foil.
3. Arrange tortilla strips in a single layer on a baking sheet; coat with cooking spray. Broil 9 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
4. Grill chicken with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Place tomatoes, chiles, onion, and garlic in a food processor. Process 1 minute or until blended. Spoon tomato mixture into a large saucepan; cook over medium heat 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; cook 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cilantro and the next 5 ingredients (through broth); shred the chicken and add to saucepan, bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Ladle 1 cup soup into each of 8 bowls; top each serving with about 6 tortilla strips, 1 tablespoon avocado, 1 tablespoon queso fresco, and 1 cilantro sprig.

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