Mexican Chicken Soup (Caldo De Pollo)
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- 4 medium carrots, cut lengthwise and then in 3 inch lengths
- 1 yellow zucchini, cut across in 1/4 inch round slices
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 4 garlic cloves, minced and browned on a dry skillet
- 1⁄2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 pinch cumin
- 2 whole chicken breasts, about 2 lbs total
- 2 2 anaheim chilies (mild) or 2 chipotle chiles (very hot)
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
- salt & pepper
- lime wedge (to garnish)
- Place the carrots, stock, browned garlic, oregano, chilies, cumin and salt in a dutch oven (5-quart) and bring to a boil.
- Add the whole chicken breasts, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked, approx 15 minutes.
- Remove chicken to a plate to cool about 10 minutes.
- Remove the chillies from the soup and adjust the seasoning.
- Remove the skin and bones from the chicken and tear it into coarse shreds.
- Add zucchini and chicken to the pot simmer 5 minutes.
- Add cilantro and serve in about 2 minutes with wedges of lime on the side.
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The big chunks of vegetables were really good but, overall, I found it rather lackluster. This recipe barely served four adults so consider doubling the recipe if you're making it for a larger group. <br/>The zucchini needed more time to cook in order to be soft enough to eat. Don't overcook, however, as you don't want it mushy. <br/>Boneless, skinless chicken breasts were used and worked just fine. Using a darker meat and/or meat on the bone would have added a bit more flavor.<br/>I added chunks of potatoes with the carrots. You could add them just a bit after, if you like, but we enjoyed that they were very soft to add texture.<br/>I found that more garlic was needed and would have added more flavor, in general, or had all of the seasonings with the chicken stock simmer for a bit longer.
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