Chicken Lime Soup

"One of two Runner-Up recipes for 1993 in the San Francisco Chronicle, from Jacqueline Higuera McMahan."
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  • Spray olive oil mist over the chicken breasts, then squeeze the juice of 1 lime over them. Grill (or broil) the chicken over medium heat for 5 minutes per side. Cool for a few minutes, then dice or shred. Set aside.
  • Bring the chicken broth to a simmer. Add the bell pepper, garlic, celery and carrot. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Stir in the zucchini and cook for 5 minutes. Add the reserved chicken, the juice of the remaining limes and the tomato. Season with salt. Simmer for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the cilantro and salsa, or pass them at the table.
  • For Salsa: Combine the onion, tomatoes, chile, garlic, cilantro and lime juice in a bowl. Season to taste with salt. Yields about 2 cups.

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  1. Starrynews
    This soup is very flavorful and delicious. There is a nice tang from the lime. The pepper in my salsa had quite a kick, so it added a nice bite to it. Thanks for sharing! Culinary Quest '14
  2. lazyme
    Nice soup! This was simple to make and had great flavor. I agree with the other reviewers - fresh lime juice is a must for this one. Thanks evelyn for a nice lunch. Made for ZWT7 for the Emerald City Shakers.
  3. KiwiYank
    I really like this recipe, tastes light and fresh and oh so lime (which I am a big fan of) I made it twice, once according to recipe and once I marinated the chicken for several hours. The marinade was chili and lime from another recipe which gave it that extra flavor. I will make many times again!
  4. happyhousewife
    This was very easy and tasty!!! I used my own homemade salsa and added a dollop of sourcream on top too. It really is important to use fresh limes....don't cheat and use bottled. Thanks:)
  5. AmandaInOz
    Grilling the chicken before adding it to the soup absolutely makes this dish! We loved the flavour of the lime juice with the vegetables, and the salsa is one of the best I've made recently. This is a fantastic, healthy soup. Thanks so much!


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