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Chicken Soup With Avocado And Crispy Tortilla Strips
Contributed By: Admin
Serves: 6

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1 sm onion
2 garlic cloves
1/2 fresh jalape¤o chile; or to taste
1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
2 chicken breast halves with bones an (about 1 pound)
3 1/2 cup chicken broth
3 cup water
4 corn tortillas
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 firm-ripe California avocados
2 tbsp fresh lime juice

1.  Coarsely chop onion and garlic. Wearing rubber gloves, finely chop jalape¤o. Chop cilantro. Remove and discard skin from chicken.

2.  In a 3-quart saucepan cook chicken with onion, garlic, jalape¤o, 1 tbsp cilantro, broth, and water at a bare simmer until just cooked through, about 15 minutes.


3.  Transfer chicken to a cutting board with tongs and, when cool enough to handle, shred meat, discarding bones. Pour broth mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl and return to cleaned pan.

4.  Halve tortillas and cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-wide strips. In an 8-inch skillet heat oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and, working in 3 batches, fry tortilla strips, stirring gently, until golden. With tongs transfer strips as fried to paper towels to drain.

5.  Halve, pit, and peel avocados and cut flesh into 1/2-inch cubes. Add chicken to broth and heat over moderate heat until hot. Add remaining cilantro, avocado, lime juice, and salt to taste.

6. Serve soup garnished with tortilla strips.


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