Mexican Chicken Soup With Cilantro-Chile Cream

"I printed this off Ortega's web-site. The creator was a finalist in their 2002 cooking contest. It is REALLY good and really easy. My additions are a can of hominy (because I love it!) and shredded Monty Jack to top the soup. Great with tortilla chips!"
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  • Combine chicken broth,water and garlic in a large saucepan: bring to a boil.
  • Add salsa,rice,oregano,and salt.
  • Cover- reduce heat to low; cook for 15 minutes,stirring occasionally.
  • Add chicken,beans,corn and chilies; continue cooking for 5 minutes or until heated through.
  • Serve in soup bowls; top each serving with a dollop of cilantro-chile cream.
  • CILANTRO-CHILE CREAM: Combine the sour cream,diced chilies,cilantro and lime juice in a small bowl.

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  1. I am not normally a soup eater, but this was very hearty and had a great taste. I made exactly as the recipe directs, although I'm sure I added more chicken. The soup has plenty of character and robust flavor on its own; the cilantro-chile sour cream gives it a richness and extra zip that everyone enjoyed. This will definately be made over and over in our house. Thanks for posting.
  2. Just wonderful! I added extra garlic & rice to the soup and tripled the amount of cilantro to the cream sauce. (Just a personal preferance, though) Very simple to prepare and it did not take forever to make, which is nice. This is a keeper. Just terrific! Cheers!
  3. This was a delicious and hearty soup that warms the soul on a cold winter night. The cilantro cream adds just the right richness, without making the soup too heavy. I garnished with avocado slices, which were a nice contrast. Thank you for sharing this great recipe that will go in my keeper file for sure, MEP.
  4. I was looking for a recipe to use some leftover turkey and cilantro I had. This was PERFECT!! I added about a cup more meat and skipped the rice. It was fantastic! My boyfriend loved it and even wants to try cooking it himself!! The cream sauce adds a great flavor burst to the entire dish! Easy, and delicious! Can't beat that!
  5. Fantastic! We really enjoyed this soup. Very easy to make. Made a double batch and used one jar of hot habanero salsa and one jar of medium salsa. Used left over rice, so put it in at the same time as the chicken. Served with corn chips. Thanks for the recipe!


  1. BF made this the other night, with vegetarian chicken strips from the freezer section and vegetable broth. Instead of sour cream he used Greek yogurt. He didn't have enough salsa in the house so only added about half a jar, and he added too much cilantro to the cream sauce and did not chop it finely enough (as recipe specified). He didn't add any cilantro to his portion as he doesn't like it. Therefore I thought maybe I just shouldn't submit a review at all, but then we ate the leftovers, at which point he added extra salsa and kept the cilantro out of the cream sauce entirely. So, I decided it deserved 5 stars after all:D BF was particularly fond of this recipe, so I will be making it for him again. I like hominy too, so I might try that next time.
  2. This is now my favorite meal. Switch out the green chilies with jalepenos if you want more spice, and don't forget the tortilla chips!


July 8, 2009: Our resident bionic woman lost her battle to cancer yesterday. MEP was a passionate, caring and beloved member of our community and she will be deeply missed. Our thoughts go out to her family, Gordy and Cakes, at this difficult time. Her vivacious spirit will live on here at Recipezaar. If you'd like to express your condolences, there is a thread here: <br> <br> <br> <br>and a cookathon here: <br> <br> <br> <br>Liza @ Recipezaar <br>****************************************************** <br> <br>I AM The Bionic Woman. <br> <br>I am married. To El Gordo for 29 years. <br> <br>I have one daughter whom I call Cakes, but is actually Caitlin. She's 18, and absolutely amazing. <br> <br>I also have a dog named Otis Voy - a Chocolate Lab who is 14 years old ! <br> <br>I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 1994. It came back again in 1996, and I then had a bone marrow transplant.Was cancer free for 12 years. <br> <br>I also had a liver transplant in 2005 - and I'm still here... <br> <br>And now I can add that I've just been diagnosed with Secondary Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) as a result of the above-mentioned cancer/bone marrow transplant. <br>The s--- never ends...and now...lung cancer! <br>A new challenge for The Bionic Woman!
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