Holy Guacamole Soup with Grilled Lemon-Jerk Chicken
It may not be the most beautiful dish, but it is an easy and delicious avocado soup base that can be served warm, room temperature, or even cold. Pass around a plate or two of the mix-ins and let people put what they want in their individual bowl. Everyone I make this for loves this soup, even my 3 small children. Excellent for a casual summer get together, and easily doubled. Serve with tortilla chips.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1cup fresh lemon juice
- 1tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1clove garlic, minced
- salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- 2(10 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- 1tablespoon Jamaican jerk seasoning
- 1large lime, juiced
- 2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1small red onion, diced, divided
- 3large cloves garlic, minced
- 4ripe avocados, chopped, divided
- ½cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1tablespoon chicken bouillon (such as Knorr®)
- 1½ cups hot water
- 2limes, juiced
- 3ears fresh sweet corn kernels
- 2Roma tomatoes, chopped
- 1½ cups chopped fresh cilantro
- 1cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1jalapeno chile, chopped
Step 1Combine lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1 clove garlic in a bowl. Season marinade with salt and pepper, keeping in mind that you will also use jerk seasoning on the chicken later.
Step 2Pound chicken with the flat side of a meat mallet or a rolling pin until about 1/2 inch thick, being careful not to pierce the meat. Put chicken in a gallon-sized resealable plastic bag and add marinade. Squish bag to coat chicken; marinate in the fridge for at least 3 hours, ideally overnight for the fullest flavor.
Step 3Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Sprinkle chicken with jerk seasoning and place on grill. Grill chicken breasts until cooked through and juices run clear, about 4 minutes on each side. Brush with juice of 1 lime immediately after coming off the grill. Cool slightly and shred. Cover and keep warm.
Step 4Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat until fragrant. Add onion and 3 cloves garlic. Cook until garlic is lightly browned and fragrant and onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add 3 avocados. Saute just until avocados are warm and edges are slightly browned. Pour in orange juice and cook for 2 minutes, stirring once. Remove from heat.
Step 5Combine hot water and chicken bouillon to make a broth. Pour into a blender. Add avocado mixture and juice of 2 limes; blend until smooth. Pour into bowls and serve with the shredded chicken, sweet corn, tomatoes, remaining avocado, cilantro, Cheddar cheese, and jalapeno.