Total price: NY $19.98 (with extra cilantro & tortilla chips)
Price per serving: NY $2.49
I was so excited to see tomatillos pop up again in the produce section. (Really, I almost clapped my hands in the middle of a crowded market. Cue jaded New Yorkers rolling their eyes and swerving to give the crazy girl a wide berth.)
Tomatillos have a nice bright flavor that really pops when mixed with cilantro, beer, and thyme in this soup.
- 12 tomatillos (NY $1.99)
- 2 medium zucchini (NY $0.89)
- 1 large onion (NY $0.63)
- 2 jalapeno peppers (NY $0.22)
- 4 cloves garlic (NY $0..30 for one head)
- 1 bottle Mexican beer (NY $1.49 for Corona)
- 1 lb. chicken breast (NY $4.99)
- 2 tsps. dried thyme (staple)
- 4 cups chicken broth (NY $2.39)
- 1 bunch scallions (NY $0.50)
- 1 lime (NY $0.50)
- 1 ½ tbsps olive oil (staple)
- 1 ½ tbsps ground cumin (staple)*
- Salt (staple)
- Pepper (staple)
- Tortilla chips (NY $2.59 for 1 bag)
- A few tablespoons cilantro, to taste (NY $0.99)
- 2 cups cotija cheese** (NY $2.50)
Prepare tomatillos by removing the husks, rinsing (they’ll be sticky!), and then chopping roughly.
Chop the onion and zucchini into pieces of about the same size as the tomatillos. Seed the jalapenos by slicing them open lengthwise, then using the tip of the knife to scrape out the seeds. (Be careful not to touch the seeds with your fingers. If you happen to by mistake, then be *really* careful not to rub your eyes with your hands.) Mince the garlic.
In a large pot, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat, and add the chopped produce along with the cumin, some salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. Meanwhile, slice the chicken into ½ inch wide strips and set aside.
Cook the vegetables approx. 7-8 minutes, until the onion is softened and yellow, and the tomatillos become saucy. (Truly, it’s a cheeky and impertinent vegetable. You’ll see!) Add the beer to the vegetables and cook until reduced by about half, approx. 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth and thyme, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove cover, reduce heat to medium-low, add chicken and cook over a low boil for about 6 minutes.
While soup is cooking, slice the scallions, chop the cilantro, and cut lime into small wedges.
When the soup is ready, ladle into bowls and squeeze juice from a lime wedge into each. Allow your guests to top as they please with tortilla chips, scallions and cilantro.
*I like this heavy on the cumin: goes easier on it if you’re not as rabid a fan.
**If you do not like or can not find cotija cheese, feel free to substitute Monterey Jack.
Approximate values per bowl
|Calories 277.8||Vitamin A 7.8 %||Iron 13.0 %|
|Total Fat 16.0 g||Vitamin B-12 12.4 %||Magnesium 12.4 %|
|Cholesterol 64.7 mg||Vitamin B-6 23.9 %||Manganese 23.8 %|
|Sodium 733.3 mg||Vitamin C 19.2 %||Niacin 51.7 %|
|Potassium 606.0 mg||Vitamin D 0.0 %||Phosphorus 38.3 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 11.0 g||Vitamin E 4.4 %||Riboflavin 16.6 %|
|Fiber 2.1 g||Calcium 29.1 %||Selenium 26.9 %|
|Sugars 2.8 g||Copper 12.0 %||Thiamin 6.8 %|
|Protein 23.2 g||Folate 6.2 %||Zinc 13.6 %|