Tortilla Soup with Mehu-Liisa Steamed Chicken

Here is an easy recipe for tortilla soup made with chicken I steamed in my Mehu-Liisa steam juicer from Finland. Check out the post on steaming the chicken.

Ingredients:

1 half chicken breast, steamed in Mehu-Liisa steam juicer

1 lb fresh tomatillos, dry roasted

1 bulb garlic, skins on and separated, dry roasted

1-3 large serrano chilies (5-7 inches), dry roasted

1 TB olive oil

2 cups steamed chicken stock from Mehu-Liisa steam juicer (see previous post)

1 cup water

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

salt and pepper

fresh tortilla chips

1 TB apple-wood pellets

Tortilla soup with Mehu-Liisa steamed chicken - roasting Tortilla soup with Mehu-Liisa steamed chicken - blending

First off, I peel the husks from the tomatillos and separate the garlic cloves. I dry roast the veggies on the range, the tomatillos over the hob (this works just as well below a broiler), and the garlic and serranos in a small cast iron skillet (no oil). Once the veggies are good and charred–the tomatillos should start to soften–I peel the paper from the garlic, stem the chilies, and place them all in the food processor. I process till smooth.

Tortilla soup with Mehu-Liisa steamed chicken - apple wood pellets Tortilla soup with Mehu-Liisa steamed chicken - chicken in smoker Tortilla soup with Mehu-Liisa steamed chicken - heating the smoker

I like a bit of smoky flavor in my tortilla soup, so I use a makeshift smoker to smoke the chicken in the oven. I place a tablespoon of apple-wood pellets on a cast iron skillet on high heat. As soon as they start to smoke I place the chicken on a grill over the pellets, place a lid on the skillet, and stick it in the oven (no heat, just to contain the smoke) for about ten minutes. You may want to start your kitchen vent.

Tortilla soup with Mehu-Liisa steamed chicken - hot olive oil Tortilla soup with Mehu-Liisa steamed chicken - adding base Tortilla soup with Mehu-Liisa steamed chicken - adding stock

While the chicken smokes, I heat up a tablespoon of olive oil till smoking hot, then pour the blended base all at once into the pan. It should sizzle dramatically and come quickly to a boil. This really opens up the flavor of the base. As soon as the base starts to thicken, I add the stock all at once.

Tortilla soup with Mehu-Liisa steamed chicken - smoker Tortilla soup with Mehu-Liisa steamed chicken - smoked chicken Tortilla soup with Mehu-Liisa steamed chicken - finished soup

The chicken comes out of the oven nice and smoky. I shred it with two forks, chop up the cilantro, and add both to the broth. I let the flavors combine for about 1o minutes over medium low heat and then serve with fresh tortilla chips. Nice! A dab of sour cream would go well with this hearty soup.

Let me know if you try this out. Please offer any suggestions or improvements. As always, I welcome your comments and any tips and recipes you may have for using the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer from Finland.

Take care,

Daniel

 

About dheila62

Owner of Mehu-Liisa Products, importer of the Mehu-Liisa Steam Juicer from Finland.
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