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Chicken soup is a near-perfect food — especially with rice or noodles. But still, as comforting as it is, chicken soup is missing something: spice. That’s why the next time you’re craving a classic chicken soup, especially if you’re sick and looking for something comforting that will also clear out your sinuses, you should try out this jalapeño lime chicken soup.
Start by cooking diced onion and jalapeño in some olive oil in a soup pot until the onion turns soft and fragrant. When that happens, fill the pot with water and some salt, and add raw chicken breasts or thighs. Let that boil with the cover on for five to 10 minutes, then take the cover off and remove it from the heat and let the pot stand for about 20 minutes; this should ensure the chicken cooks all the way through.
Remove the chicken breasts, but leave everything else in the pot. Then add white beans and a jar of salsa verde, bring the pot to a simmer, and let it cook for about 30 minutes. That should be enough time for all the flavors to meld together and the beans to get nice and soft. While the pot simmers, shred the chicken breasts with a fork, and then add the chicken back to the pot. Before serving it, add the juice from one lime to the pot and stir it in. Quarter another lime, and use that for a garnish. When you’re finished, you’ll have a smooth, comforting chicken soup with a nice jalapeño kick to it. Try it topped with fresh cilantro, shredded cheese, or sour cream.
If you’d like the soup a little more substantial, you can even add rice to it for a spicy take on chicken and rice soup. And there’s even an Instant Pot version of this recipe, which is a valuable bit of information for anyone (like me) who is obsessed with their Instant Pot.
Also, the author reports this recipe reheats like a dream, which is always a valuable thing when we’re packing our work and school lunches in advance so we can eat healthful food and avoid spending $20 on mediocre sandwiches or vending machine candy bars.
Get the recipe: Jalapeño Lime Chicken Soup from Pinch of Yum
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