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Hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 50 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 1 hour
  • yield Yield: 10-12 1x
  • category Category: Soup
  • method Method: Oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: Mexican


Hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup filled with vegetables, chicken, chipotle peppers and fresh cilantro. Top this chicken tortilla soup with avocado for a healthy recipe that’s a definite crowd pleaser. 



  • 1 lb. boneless skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 6 cups of Low-sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large Chipotle Pepper (from can of Chipotle Pepper in Adobe sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon of sauce from Chipotle Pepper can
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 28 oz. can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 large zucchini, diced
  • 1 large yellow squash, diced
  • 15 oz. can of sweet corn {no salt & sugar added}, drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 2 large limes
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. To a medium sauce pan add chicken broth, bay leaf and boneless chicken breasts. Bring to a boil, poach the chicken so it is cooked all the way through, approximately 10-15 minutes. (depending on size of chicken breasts)
  2. Heat a large stockpot or dutch oven to medium high heat, add coconut oil, diced onions and garlic. Sauté until onions are translucent.
  3. Then add minced chipotle pepper, chipotle pepper sauce and smoked paprika. Stir and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Then add diced fire roasted tomatoes. Stir and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add diced zucchini and squash. Season with salt & pepper. Stir and simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  6. By this time the chicken should be done. Remove the chicken from the pot of broth {reserve broth} and shred chicken using two forks. To the dutch oven add, sweet corn {drained}, shredded chicken, lime juice, fresh cilantro and chicken broth.
  7. Turn heat down to medium low and let simmer for 30 minutes to let all flavors absorb.
  8. Optional toppings: diced avocado, cheese (Cheddar or Queso Fresco)
  9. Serve with crunchy bread or with crushed tortilla chips.


  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 170
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Sodium: 372 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 16 g
  • Cholesterol: 33 mg

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