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Takes Makes 6 servings


  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups small-diced onion (about 1 large)
  • 4 celery stalks, cut into medium dice
  • 3 carrots, cut into medium dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 medium poblano peppers, seeded and cut into medium dice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons osher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 8 cups (2 quarts) chicken broth
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 cups shredded, cooked chicken breast (home roasted or rotisserie chicken)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Tortilla strips and sliced radishes, for garnish


  1. In a large soup pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, and poblanos and sauté, stirring often, until tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, cumin, and thyme and sauté until caramelized and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes longer.
  2. Add the broth and cream, bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, for 15 to 20 minutes to meld the flavors.
  3. Use an immersion blender to carefully blend the soup until smooth. (Alternatively, let cool slightly and, working in batches as necessary, process in a stand blender until smooth, filling the blender no more than half full and removing the lid slowly after blending. Pour the soup back into the pot.)
  4. Add the chicken and simmer for 15 to 30 minutes to meld the flavors to your liking. Stir in the cilantro. Serve warm, garnished with tortilla strips and sliced radishes.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Additional Notes

I think I might give this a try, subbing the chicken/chicken broth for leftover turkey and turkey stock from Thanksgiving.

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