Mexican Chicken Lime Soup (Sopa de Lima)
Mexican Chicken Lime Soup (Sopa de Lima)
  • prep: 10 min
  • cook: 1 hr 15 min
  • total: 1 hr 25 min
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  • Summary

    Chicken, corn tortillas, avocados, lime. These are ingredients that simply love each other. Pretty much anything you make with them is bound to be good. The following soup is a relatively easy version of “Sopa de Lima” or “Lime Soup”, a specialty of the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. It’s a chicken soup flavored with fiery habanero, cinnamon, clove, and tangy limes. The limes that are used in the Yucatan are a slightly different variety than what is easily available here, but standard Persian limes will work fine. The soup is tangy from limes, smoothed with the buttery richness of avocados, and enjoys a little crunch from fried tortilla strips added for garnish. It’s reminiscent of both pozole and tortilla soup, but with somewhat different spices and a strong hit of lime.

    Ingredients

    • 1 to 1 1/2 cups canola or corn oil for frying
    • 6 corn tortillas
    • 1 1/4 cup chopped white onion
    • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 1 habanero chile, seeded and minced
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • Pinch of ground cloves
    • 1 pound tomatoes (2 large), cored, peeled, and chopped (or 1 cup of canned crushed tomatoes)
    • 2 quarts of chicken stock (homemade is best)
    • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano (preferably Mexican oregano if you have it)
    • 1 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
    • 1 1/2 pounds of skinless, boneless chicken thighs (or breasts if you prefer, we like the stronger taste of thighs), trimmed of excess fat, and cut in half crosswise
    • 1/3 cup lime juice (from 2 to 4 limes, depending on the size)
    • 1 bunch of cilantro, roughly chopped (stems included) for garnish
    • 2 avocados, pitted, peeled, and roughly chopped for garnish

    Instructions

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 6
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 926 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 73 g 112.51%
    • Saturated Fat: 12 g 57.71%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 104 mg 34.57%
    • Sodium: 1631 mg 67.94%
    • Calcium: 75 mg 7.48%
    • Potassium: 360 mg 10.3%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 4 mg 20.5%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 36 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 6 g 23.93%
    • Sugar: 8 g
    • Protein: 32 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 10.41%
    • Vitamin C 23.91%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat13
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch2
    • Exchange - Vegetables2
    • Exchange - Lean Meat1
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total1 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total1 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total4 oz-eq

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