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Applebee's Cheese Chicken Tortilla Soup

Applebee's is a restaurant in the States and parts of Canada.
I really like their food.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (1 cup)

  • 2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 4 cups chicken stock

  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper (optional)

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato puree

  • 1 tablespoon finely minced jalapeño pepper (optional)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)

  • 4 tablespoons flour

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 pound cooked chicken, cubed or pulled

  • 1 cup cream

  • 1/4 cup non-fat sour cream

  • 8 ounces processed cheese, 1-inch cubes

  • 10 (6-inch) colored or yellow corn tortillas, 1/4-inch strips, fried

  • fresh cilantro, roughly chopped (optional)

Method

  • 1.

    Sauté oil, garlic and onions in large pan or Dutch oven until soft.

  • 2.

    Add numbers 4 through 13. Bring to low boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.

  • 3.

    Cut tortillas into 1/4-inch strips and fry in oil or spray with oil and bake at 400 degrees F (while soup is cooking). Sprinkle with salt if desired.

  • 4.

    Thoroughly mix flour and water, then whisk into soup. Bring to a low boil, then simmer 5 minutes.

  • 5.

    Add chicken and simmer 5 minutes.

  • 6.

    Stir in sour cream and cheese (more or less of each, depending on taste). Ensure 165 degrees F serving temperature.

  • 7.

    After serving soup, pile tortilla strips into a "haystack" shape on top of the soup.

  • 8.

    Optional: garnish with freshly chopped cilantro.

Notes

I also use curly endive as a substitute for the garnish.

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