Green chile chicken soup is a hearty blend of roasted chile peppers, corn and shredded chicken. Serve with tortilla strips and it’s like your favorite enchiladas, in a bowl.
For a delicious depth of flavors, the green chiles are roasted, along with the onion and garlic then added to the chicken in a final step.
Roasting the green chiles and other vegetables brings out the sweet flavors and allows them to cook until softened enough to run through a blender.
Since green chile peppers are the primary ingredient in this Mexican chicken soup, I decided on Anaheim for the primary chile pepper.
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Anaheim Chile Pepper
Anaheim is one of the less spicy green peppers. You could use bell pepper, though, if you really want no heat at all.
The Anaheim chile is the type of long pepper that’s grown in California. It’s the same type of chile pepper grown in Hatch, New Mexico.
Hatch green chiles, though, are affected by the soil and weather in that region, making them spicier than their Anaheim cousin.
If you have Hatch green chiles available, you can use those instead. I may not use the Serrano in that case. I’m not sure. I’ve never been lucky enough to get my hands on a Hatch green chile.
Have a look at our Scoville Heat Scale to get an idea of the level of heat you want. Pick and choose any green chiles you like.
Add a Serrano Chile for a Little Extra Heat
I used one lonely Serrano and that was plenty enough heat for me. If you want more heat, try using two. They pack quite a punch so don’t go all wild on me there.
Roasting the Chiles
When you roast the vegetables under the broiler, the skin of the chiles will be blackened. The garlic and serrano will be blackened. The onion will have charred bits on it but it won’t be completely burnt.
The onion and garlic can go right in the blender. You will need to peel the charred skin off the peppers before you use them.
Sweating the Roasted Chiles
Once the green chiles come out of the oven, place them in a bowl immediately and cover with plastic wrap. This will allow them to “sweat” and the skin will peel right off.
Just as soon as you can handle the peppers, take them out and peel or rub off the charred skin.
Do you need to peel the peppers?
When you’re serving raw peppers, you don’t need to peel them. The skin is sometimes a little tough which provides a nice crunch.
You will find many roasted chile peppers in Mexican food, like this chile pepper chicken.
You roast the peppers under a hot broiler. Roasting sweetens the pepper but it chars the skin. You need to remove this skin because who wants to eat burnt pepper skin? Am I right?
As you know, 24Bite has a lot of Mexican recipes. As with so many of our recipes, an electric blender is an essential appliance in the Mexican kitchen.
The roasted vegetables are easily pulsed in the blender to make sauces and soups.
Have a look at this Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System at Amazon. It’s the one we use and includes the blender, a food processor bowl and two to-go cups.
Garnishing Your Soup
Serve this green chile chicken soup the same as you would tortilla soup. Here is a list of things I like to use for garnish.
- Queso fresco
- Red cabbage
- Radish slices
- Fried tortilla strips
- Jalapeno slices
- Mexican crema or sour cream
Use your imagination and add your favorite toppings.
If you have extra Anaheim peppers, be sure to check out What To Do With Anaheim Peppers.
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- Sheet pan (cooking sheet)
- Electric Blender
- Large cooking pot
- 4 Anaheim Peppers, fresh
- 1 Onion
- 6 Garlic Cloves, peeled
- 1 Serrano Pepper, fresh
- 4 cups Chicken Broth
- 1 pound Chicken Breast, boneless, fully cooked, shredded and chopped
- 14.75 ounces Del Monte Fire Roasted Corn, drained
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Cumin, optional
- 4 tablespoons Butter
- ½ cup Half N Half
- 1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
- Cooking Spray, like Pam
- Set oven to broil (usually about 550℉) and allow to preheat. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Wash Anaheims and Serrano. Remove stems from Anaheims, slice each pepper in half and place with skin side up on cooking sheet. Cut onion horizontally into four large slices and place on same cooking sheet. Place peeled garlic and whole Serrano on same cooking sheet. Place in oven on highest rack and allow to cook about 10-15 minutes. The peppers will be charred and onions will have a few charred looking bits. The garlic may be completely blackened so don't worry. That's what you are looking to find.
- Place charred peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to "sweat" for 10 to 15 minutes. They need to cool enough for you to be able to handle them easily. Once cool enough to handle, carefully remove the charred skin from each. It should peel off easily. Remove skin, seeds and stem from Serrano. Place all the peppers in an electric blender with the onions and garlic.
- Pour in 1 or 2 cups chicken broth in blender with the vegetables and process until smooth.
- In large pot, pour in pepper mixture from electric blender. In same pot, pour in shredded chicken, corn and seasonings. Stir. Heat on the stovetop on medium until boil then reduce heat to simmer.
- Stir in butter, then half n half, then cheese. Continue stirring until everything is fully melted and incorporated.
- Serve immediately.
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