Chicken Tortilla Soup

Shredded chicken, jalepenos and fresh vegetables in a spicy tomato and chicken broth, thickened up with corn tortillas.

I was given this recipe by my boss and can't think of a thing that I would change about it!  She had made a big batch a few years back and brought it to the barn to share during a big snowstorm at the barn.  It was irresistibly delicious and is now a very important recipe I have to make every winter.

Instead of thickening this with cornmeal or flour, this calls for strips of corn tortillas mixed into the broth as its boiling.  The tortillas disappear and thickens the broth up to give it a bit more of that authentic Mexican flavor that you know I adore.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Just look at all those fresh vegetables!  This should only simmer for about 25 minutes, which is great because it keeps the veggies still a little crisp and keeps the flavors alive.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Serve this with sliced avocado, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips and shredded cheese.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Serves: 4-6
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 2 small yellow onions, diced
  • 2 C chopped carrots
  • 4 lg garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2 qts low sodium chicken broth
  • 28oz diced tomatoes with juice
  • 3 jalepenos, diced
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 C chopped cilantro
  • 6 corn tortillas, cut into strips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Place chicken on a sheet pan and rub with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 35-40 minutes or until done, then shred with a fork and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, heat 3 TBS olive oil and cook onions, carrots and jalepenos for 10 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook another 30 seconds.
  4. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, cumin, coriander, 1 TBS salt, 1 tsp pepper, and cilantro. Stir to combine.
  5. Add tortilla strips and bring the soup to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer for 25 minutes.
  6. Add shredded chicken and cook an additional 10 minutes.
  7. Serve with sour cream, sliced avocado, shredded cheese and crushed tortilla chips.
  8. Tastes best after sitting in the fridge overnight too!


Lauren Collins

I'm a health coach and plant-based recipe creator from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In a few short words, I love to cook, eat, travel, play around with food photography and most of all, I love to help people live healthier and happier lives. A lot of the recipes you see here are adapted from my Mom, or from just throwing a few ingredients together until something magical happens.

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Amy O - June 18, 2014

This was really successful as a vegetarian option. Delete the chicken, substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth, add some diced potato (white and/or sweet) and a handful of corn if you’d like a heartier soup. Make it in the crock pot in the morning and it’s perfect to come home to after a winter horse show!

    Lauren Collins - June 18, 2014

    That’s a great idea Amy! Thanks for sharing and I’m thrilled you love it!

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