Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup (sans the cream)
~1lb chicken breast
1 large can crushed tomatoes (no added spices)
1 red bell pepper
2 anaheim chiles
3/4 - 1 carton of chicken broth
1/3 yellow onion
pinch of cumin
pinch of paprika
immersion blender (or food processor)
Put the bell pepper and both chiles in the oven on broil. Leave them in there for a while, let them get black. Flip them and let them get black on the other side. You can do this while you prepare other parts of the recipe. Once they’re black all over, take them out and wrap them in a towel (or put in a bag) to steam. Once they’ve been steaming for around 15 minutes, take them out and peel the skins off, take the stems out, and the innerds. The chiles will be diced very finely, and the pepper you can just split into about 6 strips. Doesn’t need to be exact, by any means.
Bring the chicken broth, crushed tomatoes and cumin/paprika to a boil in a large pot. Throw the raw chicken and onions into the pot. Let it boil until chicken is cooked all the way through. Once cooked, pull it out of the tomatoes/onion/broth mixture and take a fork or two to it and shred it up. Mostly smaller shreds with a few larger chunks are best. Set chicken aside. Add roasted bell pepper pieces all into the mix. You can also add about half of diced chiles at this point as well, and a small handful of cilantro.
Chop open one of your avocados. Take chunks of it and add it to the soupy tomato goodness.
Remove the soup from heat for a little bit to let it cool just slightly. Now is when you’ll want to blend it all up with either your immersion blender (best/easiest option) or your food processor. Either way, blend that shit up. If you want to leave chunks of something you can, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Make it nice and smooth.
Once it’s creamy, heat it back up and add in your shredded chicken.
Once it’s hot, you’re done. You shouldn’t need to add salt unless you used low sodium broth/tomatoes. I didn’t add any at all to mine but it was absolutely perfect. Scoop into bowls. Top with the rest of the diced chiles, diced tomatoes, cilantro, and some tortilla chips (I made mine from corn tortillas). Eat! Nom nom nom.