Chicken Enchilada Verde Soup

Chicken Enchilada Verde Soup was  inspired by my Chicken Enchilada with Verde Sauce   recipe made with shredded chicken breast, fresh tomatillos, cloves of garlic, jalapeno, green chile peppers, fresh diced tomatoes, sharp cheddar cheese, cilantro, and lime and topped with sour cream, chopped cilantro, homemade tortilla strips and diced avocado.

Chicken Enchiladas are a favorite of mine… I  purchased all the ingredients to make Chicken Enchiladas with Verde Sauce the other day and seriously needed to use the produce before it went to waste. Alas, there was only one thing stopping me from my task this after…I no longer wanted the Chicken Enchiladas… I really wanted a warm comforting soup in a major way today… Craving a warm comforting soup in fact.

Chicken Enchilada Verde SoupI sat down weighing my options…Let my produce take a possible hit or use it in a soup recipe. I decided to Google some soups, of course, there were the popular Stuffed Pepper Soup and 8 million other soups made from popular casseroles that I’m not in the mood to eat or don’t have all the ingredients. CRAP! (That’s not exactly what I was thinking)  I don’t want those soups today, I want something different. So I opened the refrigerator again for the 18th time to see what I had to make soup. Then VIOLA it hit me like a ton of bricks…Chicken Enchilada Verde Soup!

Below you will find my delicious warm and comforting recipe with a simple to follow instructions to make your own Chicken Enchilada Verde Soup on a dreary rainy day.

Chicken Enchilada Verde Soup was inspired by my Chicken Enchilada with Verde Sauce recipe made with shredded chicken breast, fresh tomatillos, cloves of garlic, jalapenos, green chile peppers, fresh diced tomatoes, sharp cheddar cheese, cilantro, and lime and topped with sour cream, chopped cilantro, homemade tortilla strips and diced avocado.

Chicken Enchilada Verde Soup Recipe

  • 3/4 pound of fresh tomatillos, husked
  • 1/2 medium white onion diced
  • 4  cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeños,
  • 1 green chile,  seeds and stems removed, diced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 4 cups of the cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • 1 cup of organic frozen corn, non-GMO verified
  • 2 cups of diced tomatoes seed removed
  • 2 jalapeño peppers seed removed and diced
  • 1/2 of teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 of teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 of cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup of sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup of half and half cream
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 crumbled fresh corn tortillas, to thicken
  • 1/4 of a cup green scallions
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Garnish & toppings

  • sour cream
  • chopped cilantro
  • tortilla strips
  • lime wedges
  • sliced jalapeño peppers
  • 1 avocado peeled, pitted, diced or sliced for serving

Directions to make soup

  1. Place tomatillos in a large pot, fill with enough water to cover the fresh tomatillos with – bring  the tomatillos and water to a full boil, then cut heat and simmer uncovered for 10-12 minutes- remove from heat at this time and allow to cool for about 12 minutes
  2. Place the cooked tomatillos in a food processor or blender, along with  1 cup of the water tomatillos were cooked in. Add to the food processor or blender the onion, garlic, jalapeños, green chile, cilantro and fresh lime juice. Blend until it becomes a smooth texture.
  3. Place the salsa verde into a large enough pot to accommodate all ingredients. Add the chicken, broth, shredded chicken, organic corn, diced tomatoes, diced jalapeño peppers, cumin, oregano, cilantro, kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Bring to a slight boil and then cut to a simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the shredded sharp cheddar cheese, occasionally stirring, continue to cook until the cheese has completely melted, about 5 minutes. Stir in the half and half cream, crumble 3 corn tortillas in soup, stir and simmer for 5 more minutes or until thickened.
  5. Add the lime juice – adjust seasonings if desired. Add 1/4 cup of green scallions to soup and remove from heat immediately.
  6. Ladle into soup dish top and garnish with sour cream, cilantro, tortilla strips, lime wedges, sliced jalapeño peppers and diced or sliced avocado.
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