holy smokes. this soup is so good it's addicting (i'm not exaggerating). from New Mexico Linds.
2-3 chicken breasts
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large inion, chopped
2 or 3 small cans hot, fire roasted green chilies, diced if possible*
4 cups chicken broth
4 cans beans (all white or 2 white and 2 black)**
1 pint sour cream
1. place chicken breasts in a medium pot and cover with as much water as the pot can hold without boiling over. add 1 tsp salt and bring to a boil. lower heat and simmer for 2 hours. add more water if necessary. shred or cut cooked chicken into small pieces. (i know there are other. less time consuming ways to boil chicken but this is the only method i know of that leaves the chicken tender instead of rubbery).
2. heat oil in a large pot and sauté the garlic and onion until tender and slightly transparent. add the chilies and cook a few more minutes.
3. add the broth, beans and chicken and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. stir in sour cream until completely incorporated (don't let soup boil once sour cream has been added) and serve with warm bread.
* if you can't find the pre-diced chilies just dice them up yourself
** i like using both white and black beans for the contrast (since the soup is so white) but if you do, make sure to drain and rinse the black beans.