Here in Albany NY, this soup contains essential ingredients missing from this recipe: black beans, potatoes and rice. Only the potatoes and carrots are cut in large chunks.for mouth appeal. All others are small pieces, and the rice is very small. But, included with the tomatoes, and topped with the shredded cheese and tortilla strips on top, they make a wonderful vegetable soup. I cannot detect any whipping cream in the version served here in Albany - it's a heavenly, clear broth, deliciously satisfying in both cold and hot seasons. It's served only on Thursday, so I make it a weekly treat!
Love this recipe, but since I don't usually buy whole chicken, I used 5 chicken breasts instead. I didn't use the whole chicken so I used a quart of chicken stock
I love poblano peppers, I seeded 2 and used them. You can also add 2 small cans of green chilies. When making this I also subtracted some of the water and added 3 15 oz. cans of tomato sauce.I like how it looks and tastes better.
Finally I crushed a bag of 14 oz tortilla chips which helps to thicken the soup.
I love the food at the Cheesecake Factory and wanted to try this soup. I made several changes to the recipe- instead of heavy cream, I used fat free half and half, jalapeno Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces) boiled a huge chicken breast instead of the whole chicken, doubled the Indian red chilli powder (since I didn't have cayenne) and cumin, used garlic powder instead of fresh garlic and added a chicken stock cube to fortify the taste of the chicken broth. I also mixed cornstarch and water together to thicken the soup. My family loved it-very yummy. Thank you for sharing.
I don't know what the Cheesecake Factory is, but this seemed like a wonderful recipe to make. It does take some time to make, but the results were outstanding! I made it exactly as posted and we all enjoyed this over the weekend. A bit like Mexican French onion soup with chicken! Made for PAC spring 2008 - very much enjoyed thanks Brandess. FT:-)