Recipe of the Week: Chicken Tortilla Soup


This will warm your soul, and quite possibly make you a better person. Well, maybe just the first one, but its worth a shot. Good food makes us good people, right?


Chicken Tortilla Soup                                                     Yield: 1gallon


1gal chicken stock

1 whole chicken, rinsed and salted

2ea onions, small dice

1c celery, rinsed and small diced

7ea garlic cloves, peeled and chopped

4ea red peppers, roasted, peeled and small diced

1c sweet corn kernels

1bu kale, stems removed and sliced thin

2T paprika, smoked

2T coriander, ground

1T cumin, ground

1/2T clove, ground

15ea corn tortillas, stale and dry, (leave out overnight on counter, uncovered)

3ea limes, zested and juiced

2 cans Kidney beans

3ea bay leaves


Place stock into non-reactive stock pot. Bring to a boil.  Place Chicken into pot and simmer for 45mins or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165f.  Make sure it is a light simmer, so you do not reduce the liquid more than 15%.  Remove chicken and let cool.  Strain off broth with a fine mesh sieve, and reserve.  Pull chicken meat from carcass.

Place onion, celery, garlic, peppers, sweet corn, a couple pinches of salt, and the stock back into the stock pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 20mins or until onions are translucent and cooked through.  Add kale, paprika, coriander, cumin, clove, cilantro, and chicken to the pot.  Bring to a simmer for 20 mins.  Add tortillas and lime. Taste for salt.  Does it need more?

Taste for Acid. Does it need more zip and freshness? Add more lime juice if necessary. Enjoy.

Chicken Stock                                                                 Yield: 1gallon


3lbs chicken carcass and bones or 6 chicken backs

2lbs onion, cut in half with skin and root intact

1lb celery, rinsed and chopped; utilizing the root end

1lb carrot, rinsed and chopped; utilizing top and skin

1ea garlic head, halved

3ea bay leaves

10ea oregano Sprigs, fresh

10ea parsley Stems

8ea Tellicherry black peppercorns

1.5g water


Place all of the ingredients in a non-reactive stock pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let lightly simmer for 5 hours. Make sure it is a light simmer, so you do not reduce the liquid more than 15%. Strain off broth with a fine mesh sieve.  Also here you can skim off the fat from the broth and toss it.

When product is completely strained, divide into an ice tray and freeze. After product is frozen, pop out stock cubes and place into a container or Ziploc bag, then put it back in the freezer.

Pull them out when needed to cook vegetables or rice or noodles or chicken or marinades or sauces and/or soups.

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Born and raised in the suburbs of Saint Paul, MN, Brandon has immersed himself into being a local and sustainable advocate for delicious living. Working for the best Chef’s in the Twin Cities before becoming the Residence Chef at the Minnesota Governor’s Residence and personal Chef for the Zimmern family. Foraging, eating, parenting, writing, cycling, consulting, catering and hosting pop up dinners are what his free time entails.