This is a great soup that can be spiced up or tamed down depending on your individual taste. Keep in mind that you if can not purchase fresh tomatillos at your local grocery store you can substitute with canned tomatillos, drained and chopped. Try garnishing with sour cream, as indicated in the recipe. Top with a leaf of cilantro.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Heat oil over high heat in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Saute chicken in oil until both sides are browned, approximately 2 minutes per side. Remove the chicken, and set aside.

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  • Add onions and garlic to saucepan, and saute until golden. Stir in the tomatillos, jalapeno peppers, and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover the pot, and simmer for about 15 minutes.

  • Puree vegetables in batches in a blender or food processor. Return to pot, and reheat. At this point taste the soup; if not piquant enough, add cayenne pepper or pepper sauce.

  • Slice the chicken into thin slices, and then shred. Stir into soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • When ready to serve, stir in the minced cilantro and ladle into bowls. Put a dollop of sour cream on top of each portion, and let it melt a bit. Top each dollop with a single cilantro leaf, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

159 calories; 10.1 g total fat; 27 mg cholesterol; 43 mg sodium. 7.4 g carbohydrates; 10.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2010
Great soup. I made mine in the slow cooker. It was super easy and fast. I added 2 raw whole chicken breasts all the ingredients (I didn't even chop the onions or tomatillo's just added them whole) I put it on low for about 6 hours then I put everything except the chicken breasts in my blender. I shredded the chicken and added the puree back to the pot. Voila! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/23/2003
I was really disappointed after the other rave reviews. The soups was a very thin broth with hunks of chicken floating in it. It was not very interesting and I won't make it again. Read More
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163 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 109
  • 4 star values: 36
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2010
Great soup. I made mine in the slow cooker. It was super easy and fast. I added 2 raw whole chicken breasts all the ingredients (I didn't even chop the onions or tomatillo's just added them whole) I put it on low for about 6 hours then I put everything except the chicken breasts in my blender. I shredded the chicken and added the puree back to the pot. Voila! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2010
Great soup. I made mine in the slow cooker. It was super easy and fast. I added 2 raw whole chicken breasts all the ingredients (I didn't even chop the onions or tomatillo's just added them whole) I put it on low for about 6 hours then I put everything except the chicken breasts in my blender. I shredded the chicken and added the puree back to the pot. Voila! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2006
I've only recently discovered tomatillos and was so happy to find this recipe! I used just over a pound of tomatillos but I definitely think I should have used more - the broth was a little too watery for my liking. I added a little bit of cumin and also a splash of lime juice. The flavor was absolutely outstanding! I will be making this again! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/17/2004
Nice Southwestern dish. The recipe is worth five stars when tomatillos are in season during the summer months. Best with more tomatillos - I doubled the quantity pureeing half and coarsely chopping the other half. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2006
This was delicious! Following other reviews I used more tomatillos (1.5 lbs) to make the soup thicker and I reduced the (vegetable) broth to 3 cups. It came out slightly thinner than a good pea soup--just right. I made it without chicken and instead topped it with chopped avocado which was excellent. I had two leftover Jamaican hot peppers so I threw those in instead of jalapenos which made the soup plenty hot--I didn't even need to add cayenne or hot sauce (and I love heat). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2003
This soup was excellent! I made this to use up some tomatillos my mother gave me from her garden. I saw that someone thought the soup was too thin so I cooked a small potato and blended it into the mixture to thicken it. Then I added black beans and orzo to add a little extra to it and served it with a dollup of sour cream as suggested. Will definately be making alot more of this one! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2005
Delicious tangy soup! I added a little garlic salt as well as some ground cumin to add a more mexican flavor. I used cubed chicken rather than shredded and it was still very yummy. Thanks for this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2007
I really love this soup and I make it every time I buy fresh tomatillos. The flavor is wonderful - like a spicy hot and sour soup. I like to use a few more tomatillos than the recipe calls for. To thicken it I add just a little rice white or brown and I add crisp sweet corn for color and sweetness. This is SUCH a wonderful recipe! So tasty and delicious! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/23/2003
I was really disappointed after the other rave reviews. The soups was a very thin broth with hunks of chicken floating in it. It was not very interesting and I won't make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2005
This has a wonderful unusual hot and sour flavor to it. I did follow some of the advice of other reviewers and added a can of black beans and about a cup of frozen corn to give it a little more body. I am not adventurous when it comes to spicy food but two jalepenos seeded and minced were not too spicy. I even added a little of the hot sauce although none of the cayenne pepper. I thought the taste was very good. I think if you don't like tomatillos or sour soup you probably wouldn't like this but since I like both I was very happy with it. Read More
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