Chicken Tortilla Soup

This is a recipe that has been a family favorite for years, even the kids. It is an easy one pot meal that is good for lunch or dinner and tastes even better the next day. It makes 10 servings which allows for leftovers and some to be frozen, it is easily halved if need be. I found this recipe on back in 2009 making minimal changes based on our preferences. I use low sodium or no salt added products to keep it healthier and my measurements for the seasonings tend to be generous. Enjoy!

Total time is 1.25 hours which includes 15 minutes prep time

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped (I use white or yellow)
4 garlic cloves, minced (I always add one or two more)
1 medium jalapeno pepper, chopped (To accommodate different spicy preferences you can offer these as a garnish instead of cooking in the soup.)
1/2 medium green pepper, chopped
4 small or 2 big boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cups frozen corn
1/2 dry white wine or water (I typically use cooking white wine)
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 cayenne powder (omit or modify based on spicy preference)
4-14 oz cans chicken broth (I use low sodium broth)
2-14 oz cans diced tomatoes (I use no salt added)
2-8 oz cans tomato sauce (I use no salt added)

Optional Toppings:
Shredded cheese
Crushed tortilla chips or homemade tortilla strips

1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Saute onion, garlic, green pepper, and jalapeno until soft.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil.
3. After about 15 minutes remove chicken and shred.
4. Return shredded chicken to the pot and simmer for about 45 minutes.
5. Serve, topped with desired toppings.
*I have used frozen chicken breasts and slow cooked all day in the crockpot on low and it turns out great as well. If you are using frozen chicken breasts with the stove top method then just add more boiling time for the chicken to cook thoroughly.
** The chicken can be shredded using two forks to pull apart meat. If you don’t mind using another dish the chicken shreds very easily using the kitchen aid mixer as well.