1 − 2 1/2−3lb. chicken, cut−up and skin removed
2 ribs celery, cut into chunks
1 med. onion, quartered
1 large carrot, quartered
2 sprigs parsley
2 tbls. chicken soup base
1 teas. lemon−pepper seasoniong
1 large clove garlic or granulated garlic to taste
Combine all the above in a large stockpot and cover with
water by about 2 inches. Bring to a rapid boil; lower heat to a
simmer and cook for about 1 hour until chicken is tender and falling
off the bone. Strain and reserve the broth. Tear pieces of chicken
into small pieces. Set aside.
In 4 cups of the reserved chicken broth, boil about 1 1/2 lbs
peeled potatoes until tender. Remove from heat. Do not remove the
broth....mash up the potatoes and add the following:
1 large can of creamed corn
1 10oz. can of Rotel tomatoes, crushed
1 1/2 cups half & half cream
2−4 tablespoons minced cilantro
Add enough of the reserved chicken broth to thin out the soup to
the desired thickness. Simmer on low for about 15−20 minutes.
Taste and correct seasoning. Be careful of adding too much salt.
Moments before serving, stir in:
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
reserved cut−up chicken
4−6 corn tortillas, cut into 1/4" julienne strips
Continue to simmer until cheese is melted and chicken is heated
Ladle soup into deep bowls. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream,
chunks of avocado dipped in lemon juice, slices of black olives anda small handful of thin corn tortilla strips that have been deep fried.