Thursday, January 04, 2018

"Peachy Cool Arrow" Hickey's Chicken Thigh Tortilla Soup!

 I am a chicken thigh guy.  Now, I like my legs and  breasteses as much as any

Irlandesa Gringo, but for full flavor, nothing cooks up like chicken thighs.

Hence, I break with Yankee Food Channel and eschew the breasts - I eschew with my teeth.

So, for real tasty Tortilla Soup I go with the thighs

 Hickey Chicken Thigh Tortilla Soup

2 tablespoons light olive oil
1 large red onion, diced
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1 jalapeno, finely diced
Liberal use of Goya Adobo Powder*
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth or 2 Boxes of College Inn
One 14.5-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
One 14.5-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
6-8 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
2 limes, juiced, plus wedges for garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves


In a large skillet brown the hell out of the chicken thighs - use a few dashes of Adobo powder when turning thighs. Cook all the way through 5-6 minutes a side, or 180 degrees on a good meat thermometer.  Cut up the thighs once they cool.

In a large saucepan heat the vegetable oil. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes. Once the onions have softened add the garlic and jalepenos and cook for another minute. Pour the chicken broth, tomatoes and beans into the pot and bring to a boil. Once at a boil lower heat to simmer and add your chicken thighs. Cook the chicken for 20 to 25 minutes; then remove and cool.  When cool enough to handle shred it and set it aside - dash with Adobo. Add lime juice and fresh cilantro to the pot. In a serving bowl add a mound of shredded chicken. Ladle soup over chicken and top with a lime wedge, grilled tortilla strips, avocado slices and Good Mexican cheese - not of that Kraft Mixes.
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Serve with Sparkling water and good Mexican Beer - Pacifico, Victoria, Dos Equis, Tecate, Model - Hell, they are all good - like Czech beers.

Mexicans, Culchies, Homies and Euro-rash Rednecks work like badgers and eat like kings.

*Adobo Powder is one-stop shopping for great Mexican flavors (salt, paprika, black pepper, onion powder, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder.)

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