Monday, January 5, 2009

Applebee's Cheese Chicken Tortilla Soup

Note: Since I found Applebee's tortilla soup recipe, I can have it as often as I like. Yahoo! It is wonderful to keep in the refrigerator now that the weather is cooling off. A bowl of this topped with tortillas and a little dollop of sour cream is perfect for lunch.

Applebee's Cheese Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
4 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup chopped green pepper (optional)
15 ounces can tomato puree
1 teaspoon finely minced jalapeño pepper (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
4 teaspoons flour
1/2 cup water
1 pound cooked chicken, cubed or pulled
1 cup cream
1/4 cup non-fat sour cream
8 ounces processed cheese, 1-inch cubes
10 (6-inch) colored or yellow corn tortillas, 1/4-inch strips, fried
Fresh cilantro, roughly chopped (optional)

Sauté oil, garlic and onions in large pan or Dutch oven until soft. Add ingredients 4 through 13. Bring to low boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Cut tortillas into 1/4-inch strips and fry in oil or spray with oil and bake at 400ºF (while soup is cooking). Sprinkle with salt if desired. Thoroughly mix flour and water, then whisk into soup. Bring to a low boil, then simmer 5 minutes.
Add chicken and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream and cheese (more or less of each, depending on taste). Ensure 165ºF serving temperature.

After serving soup, pile tortilla strips into a "haystack" shape on top of the soup.
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Linda said...

I've never had tortilla soup, but it sounds good and I could easily make it gluten-free.

Abby said...

Yum!!! My husband would love that. I don't know if I should tell him I have the recipe. He will be asking for it all the time!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

This sounds great. I am sitting here cold, right now. That sounds great and would warm my tummy.

lana said...

a spicy soup on a cold day... brilliant!

Crystal said...

That sounds delicious! I will definitely have to put that on my menu. You wouldn't happen to have a recipe for Applebee's Fiesta Lime Chicken, would you?

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

I've never had this before. Sounds good.

Lisa said...

That sounds like the perfect meal for a cold day.

From the Doghouse said...

In which book did you find this? I saw a couple of books this weekend with recipes from chain restaurants.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Ymmm, I love all the ingredients in this soup!!! Happy TMTT!!!

Deanna said...

Doghouse - I received this recipe through an email one time.

Crystal - I will go back through my recipes and see if that recipe was included in that original email!

Brenda said...

looks delicious! I especially like tortilla soup

Sherry said...

This sounds absolutely scrumptious!! I'm going to put this on my menu!!