This Mexican Chicken Soup is a hearty soup recipe that is as delicious as it is healthy. It’s made with juicy and tender shredded chicken and loaded with veggies. Top it off with your favorite garnishes for a tasty meal!
This recipe is inspired by Ina Garten’s Mexican Chicken Soup recipe in her Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook. She likes to roast her chicken breast bone-in and skin-on for her recipes because it helps keep it moist and delicious. And boy does it! So much more flavor with bone-in, skin-on chicken. And it’s not hard at all. Worth a little extra effort for deliciously moist chicken. Of course, if you need a quick weeknight meal, you could always pick up a rotisserie chicken from the store and use that instead.
How to Make Mexican Chicken Soup
Roast the split chicken breasts in the oven until done. Let cool, remove from the bone and shred. Meanwhile, saute veggies and add spices. Then, stir in the tomatoes and chicken stock. Let simmer for twenty-five minutes, then add the shredded chicken to the pot.
I topped mine with some baked tortilla strips, but you could always use some crushed tortilla chips. I liked it fine with just that as a topping, but a dollop of sour cream, some diced avocado or grated Monterey Jack cheese would also be great.
Homemade chicken stock or a good quality store-bought one like Imagine Organic is best for this Mexican Chicken Soup recipe . It adds a depth of flavor that you need in a soup like this.
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Mexican Chicken Soup
A delicious and hearty soup made with shredded chicken, peppers and tomatoes. Serve it with your choice of toppings.
- 2 bone-in, skin-on split chicken breasts (about 1.5 pounds)
- olive oil or melted ghee
- 1 1/2 cups diced white onion (about 1 large onion)
- 1 cup diced celery (2 stalks)
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 1 cup diced green bell pepper (1 large pepper)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 quart low-sodium chicken stock (homemade or good quality store-bought)
- 1 (28 oz) can of fire roasted crushed tomatoes
- 1/4-1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt (or salt to taste)
- sour cream
- crushed tortilla chips
- diced avocado
- grated Monterey Jack cheese
To make your own baked tortilla strips:
- 5 (6-inch) corn tortillas
- 1 tbsp melted ghee or other high heat oil
Preheat oven to 350°F. On a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, lay the chicken breasts skin side up. Rub them all over with oil and sprinkle salt and pepper on them. Place into oven and roast for 35-40, until done. Remove from the oven and let cool until you can handle them. Remove the skin, pull the chicken off the bones and shred it into bite-sized pieces using your hands or two forks. Cover and set aside.
While the chicken is cooling, heat two tablespoons of oil in a 4 or 5-quart dutch oven or soup pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions, celery, carrots and bell pepper to the pot and let cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in the garlic and spices and let cook for an additional minute.
Pour in the chicken stock and tomatoes. Add the sea salt and cilantro and stir to combine. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer for about 25 minutes. Add the shredded chicken to the pot and stir. Check seasonings and adjust if necessary. Serve topped with a dollop of sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, or sliced avocado.
1.No time to roast your own chicken? Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the store and shred that instead!
2.To make your own tortilla strips, you will need 5 (6-inch) corn tortillas. Cut them in half, then into 1/2-inch wide strips. A pair of kitchen shears works great for this. Once the chicken comes out of the oven, raise the heat to 425°F. Place the tortilla strips on a large baking sheet, drizzle with oil and toss until they are evenly coated. Spread them out on the baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt. Place into oven and bake until crispy and golden brown, about 12-14 minutes, rotating the pan and shaking the strips to redistribute about halfway through the bake time. Remove from the oven and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
Inspired by Ina Garten's Mexican Chicken Soup
Estimated Nutrition Facts (not counting garnishes):