Chicken-Tortilla Soup
By :Williams Sonoma Book 2
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Warm, cozy, and comforting, this Mexican staple is seriously addictive. The spicy, smoky flavor of the broth is brought to life with an array of creamy, crispy, and salty toppings. Keep a stash of soup in your freezer for a quick dinner any night of the week.
Votes: 5
Rating: 5
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Course Soup
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Soups, Stews & Broths
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Chicken Broth, Chicken Thighs, Onion
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 33 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 dried ancho chiles stemmed, seeded and torn into pieces
  • 14.5 ounces crushed tomatoes 1 can
  • 1 yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano preferably Mexican
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
For Serving
  • Avocado slices
  • crumbled Cotija cheese
  • crushed tortilla chips
  • chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • sour cream
Course Soup
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Soups, Stews & Broths
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Chicken Broth, Chicken Thighs, Onion
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 33 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 dried ancho chiles stemmed, seeded and torn into pieces
  • 14.5 ounces crushed tomatoes 1 can
  • 1 yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano preferably Mexican
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
For Serving
  • Avocado slices
  • crumbled Cotija cheese
  • crushed tortilla chips
  • chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • sour cream
Votes: 5
Rating: 5
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Instructions
  1. Put the chiles in a small heatproof bowl, cover with boiling water, and let soak for 10 minutes. Drain and discard the liquid.
  2. In a blender or food processor, combine the chiles, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and 1 cup of the stock. Blend until smooth.
  3. Select Sauté on the Instant Pot® and heat the oil. Working in batches, brown the chicken on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate as browned. Press the Cancel button to reset the program.
  4. Add the chile purée, cumin, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to the pot and stir to combine. Return the chicken to the pot and add the remaining 5 cups stock and the bay leaves. Lock the lid in place and turn the valve to Sealing. Press the Soup button and set the cook time for 20 minutes at high pressure.
  5. Let the steam release naturally, or for at least 15 minutes, before turning the valve to Venting to quick-release any residual steam. Carefully remove the lid and discard the bay leaves. Using two forks, shred the chicken. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Discard the bay leaves.
  6. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with avocado slices, cheese, tortilla chips, cilantro, and a drizzle of sour cream. Serve right away.
6 replies
  1. TheRealKilroy
    TheRealKilroy says:

    The absolute,most authentic Chicken-Tortilla Soup recipe for the instant pot. My toughest food critic raved about it two days and I have overheard the rave to others since. The key is using the exact ingredients and dont use substitues. Had to do a few trips first time to different places, but the end result made it worth it.

  2. LisaR517
    LisaR517 says:

    I actually did use a substitute (chipotles instead of ancho chiles, same number of peppers), and the heat was lovely.

  3. 24jmberry@gmail.com
    24jmberry@gmail.com says:

    I added the following before cooking for 20 minutes:

    1 can of corn.
    3 tablespoons of chopped cilantro.
    1/4th of a cup of sour cream.
    Added more texture and it was creamier.

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