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Remember how I told y’all that I’ve got a gift for throwing ingredients together in times of need?
This recipe is another example of that ability.
I am sick.
Sick, sick, sick, sick, sick.
Like, I feel like I have the flu or something. My body aches, my throat hurts, my ears hurt, my chest feels tight, I’m exhausted, and I want to do nothing but curl up on the couch and watch Paranormal Witness.
Oh, and eat soup.
Piping hot soup that’s spicy and soothing and will rip open the floodgates of my sinuses.
I walked into our pantry yesterday with my head swimming and spinning and my legs wobbling and bobbling praying to God that we had some sort of soup in our house.
We did, but we only had French Onion and Lentil, and I didn’t want either of those.
Plus, it was canned soup, and I’m trying really hard to stay away from processed & pre-packaged foods.
So, I opened up the fridge and scanned my options.
I had a half eaten rotisserie chicken, some celery that needed to be used, and a tiny square of Danish bleu cheese staring back at me.
My husband had just made the most delicious buffalo chicken pizza I had ever eaten in my life the night before, so that automatically stuck out in my mind.
Buffalo Chicken Soup it was.
Buuuuuut the bleu cheese kind of threw me for a loop.
I wasn’t feeling the whole crumble some into your piping hot bowl, so I started brainstorming other ideas, and I remembered watching Giada de Laurentiis make her own tortillas chips out of corn tortillas the other day, and it hit me that I could make blue cheese tortilla chips to dip into the buffalo chicken soup!
This soup has the characteristics of a classic chicken tortilla soup with the flavors of buffalo and bleu cheese
1 tablespoon + 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Butter
1/2 Large Sweet Onion (minced)
2 Large stalks celery (chopped)
1 Small can of diced green chilis (4 oz.)
2 cloves fresh garlic (minced)
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 quarts Low Sodium Chicken Broth
1/2 cup Buffalo Wing Sauce (I used Moore's. Use more or less to taste.)
4 Small corn tortillas
4oz blue cheese (crumbled)
2 cups rotisserie chicken (shredded or chopped)
1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
freshly cracked black pepper
*WWpts= 4 pts per serving*
*WWpts+= 5 pts per serving*
Heat a large pot over medium-high heat.
Add olive oil and butter and heat until the butter is melted.
Add the onion, celery, garlic, green chilis, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and saute until translucent and slightly tender. About 3-5 minutes.
Sprinkle in the flour and stir until there are no more clumps and the flour is incorporated into the veggies. About 3-5 minutes.
Slowly add in chicken stock, stirring constantly to avoid any clumps.
Add thyme leaves, bay leaf, buffalo sauce, and another sprinkle of salt and pepper (if needed) and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes.
While soup is simmering, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brush both sides of each corn tortilla with the 2 tsp of olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Cut each tortilla into 8 pieces.
Spread on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray and bake for 10 minutes.
Pull the tortillas out of the oven, sprinkle with blue cheese, and continue to cook for another 5 minutes or until the chips are golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
Add chicken to the soup and heat through. About 5 minutes.
Remove bay leaf & thyme sprigs, stir in parsley and cilantro, and add a bit more salt and pepper if needed.
Ladle soup into bowls, garnish with a dollop of plain greek yogurt or sour cream and serve with the bleu cheese tortilla chips.
Amber Forbes is from Charleston, SC, and is currently battling a craniopharyngioma brain tumor. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and her award winning recipes have been featured on the Today Show, Cosmopolitan, SELF, CountryLiving, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Our State magazine, and more. She credits her creativity to her “cuisine gene,” and she aims to develop ministry meals which are quick, healthy, and fun to pull together for friends and family facing trying seasons in life.
Diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2015, God handed me a big ole basket of sour lemons, but I didn’t let it bring me down. Instead, I made a batch of lip smacking lemonade and a southern sweet pound cake to share with family and friends. Pull up a chair and join me on my journey as I make easy party foods, quick weeknight dinners, and comforting ministry meals that feed the souls of others.