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Mexican Chicken Soup for a Malady


Nick reported that he’s tending to a friend who isn’t feeling well.  I suggested one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar plus one tablespoon of honey in hot water. Tori Ritchie, who writes an excellent food blog: Tuesday Recipe, has an equally good idea. In mid-May she offered her recipe for “Mexican Penicillin”, chicken soup that will take care of what ails you. Pros at The Mayo Clinic have an opinion about why this home remedy is effective. One feels better just thinking about the combination of fresh cilantro, chopped avocado, and lime juice on top of a bowl of chipolte laced chicken soup.

With Tori’s permission:


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2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 yellow onion, chopped

1 large carrot, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup chopped cilantro, plus leaves for garnish

1 canned chipotle in adobo*, chopped (or 2 teaspoons smoked pimenton “picante”)

1 quart low-sodium chicken broth

2 cups water

1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup shredded cooked chicken (from a rotisserie bird)


1 cup raw white rice

1 large avocado, diced

1 lime, cut into wedges


In a soup pot or Dutch oven, warm the oil over medium-high heat and add the onion and carrot. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic, chopped cilantro, and chipotle and cook for 30 seconds. Add the broth, water, and garbanzo beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in chicken at the end to heat it through. Season to taste with salt. 

Meanwhile, in a separate pan, bring 2 cups water to boil with a pinch of salt, stir in the rice, then cover and simmer until cooked, 18 to 20 minutes. 

To serve, divide cooked rice among soup bowls. Ladle soup over rice and garnish with avocado and cilantro leaves; add a lime wedge to each bowl to squeeze over the soup. 

Note: don’t misread this as “1 whole can” chipotle in adobo…you only want to use one of these fiery little beasts from the can; fish it out with a fork with some of the sauce clinging to it. 


6 thoughts on “Mexican Chicken Soup for a Malady

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  2. The cider vinegar/honey can be taken in equal parts on a spoon as well, and works to help clear chest congestion. I just got over an upper respiratory ailment and it worked better than any OTC medicine I tried. The soup sounds glorious. I want to make it this week!

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