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July 24, 2013

A fast, fresh take on creamy chicken corn chowder

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Indeed, after you’ve cut all of the kernels off the cob, you should scrape the cob itself with the dull side of a knife. The milky liquid that results is another soup thickener (as are the potatoes in the recipe). Finally, at the end of the cooking process, I pureed some of the vegetables — the onions, as well as corn and the potatoes — to make the soup creamy without adding any cream.

I recommend garnishing this soup with homemade tortilla strips. They’re delicious, a snap to cook up, and both fresher and lower in fat than store-bought tortilla chips. Then again, if you’ve run out of time, use the store-bought baked chips.

The real beauty of this soup is that it’s a hearty and complete meal in a single bowl. You won’t need to serve anything else on a weeknight, and it leaves you with very few dishes to clean up.

SOUTHWESTERN CORN AND CHICKEN CHOWDER WITH TORTILLA CRISPS

Start to finish: 1 hour (30 minutes active)

Servings: 4

Three 6-inch corn tortillas

2 teaspoons ground cumin, divided

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Kosher salt

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 cup finely chopped yellow onion

1/2 pound red bliss or Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 cups fresh corn kernels (or thawed frozen)

4 cups chicken broth

3 cups chopped or shredded rotisserie chicken

1 cup purchased salsa

1 to 2 tablespoons lime juice

Chopped fresh cilantro or basil, to garnish (optional)

Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Arrange the corn tortillas on a baking sheet, then mist them with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 teaspoon of the cumin, the chili powder and a pinch of salt. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the tortillas. Using a pizza cutter, cut the tortillas into thin strips. Bake them on the middle shelf of the oven until they are golden and crisp, about 6 to 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

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