Mexican soup with chicken

Mexican soup with chicken

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus soaking


Serves 4
All those typically Mexican flavours - lime, coriander, chilli - combined in a soup with the crunch of tortilla chips

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen without toppings

Nutrition: per serving (soup only)

  • kcal257
  • fat10g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs10g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre0g
  • protein34g
  • salt2.12g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 ancho or other large dried chilli, deseeded and softened in boiling water for about 10 mins



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 400g can plum tomato



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 1½ l chicken stock
  • 2 chicken breast, sliced
  • juice 2 limes



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • tortilla chips or homemade tortilla strips (see below), chopped avocado, lime wedges, red onion and coriander, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and garlic, soften for 5 mins, then stir in the dried chilli, cumin, tomatoes and chicken stock. Blitz in a food processor in batches, or use a hand blender to purée until smooth.

  2. Return to the pan, then bring to the boil. Add the chicken, reduce the heat, then simmer for 10 mins until cooked through. Stir in the lime juice and some seasoning, then ladle into bowls. Put the toppings in the middle of the table for everyone to help themselves.

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Comments (28)

ljshakey's picture

A lovely simple soup. We don't really mind it being watery, as it's still very tasty! It's great with the toasted tortillas too. A good recipe for a cold evening :)

evie jacks's picture

This recipe is as close as it gets to the real thing. This soup became a favourite of me & my husband after a few holidays in Mexico. The only change I've made to the recipe is to make it with 1litre of chicken stock instead of the 1.5 litre. This recipe is a big hit with all of the family. The ancho chillies can be bought from waitrose or amazon

CulinaryDisaster's picture

I put in 1 litre of water and a generous handful of red lentils. I don't like too much lime flavour so I didn't put any into the soup until right towards the end when it was on my plate. Served with tortilla chips and coriander. Lovely.

sallyandwill's picture

Really delicious - I added a couple of red peppers and I couldn't find an ancho chilli so I used 1/2 tsp of chipotle chilli paste (I found it in Waitrose) instead - Can't wait to make some more even my anti-soup husband and fussy 6 year old son loved it too!

lisajayne6881's picture

Not a big fan- found the consistency too thin and it basically just tasted like hot lime juice. If I made it again I'd put just half a lime or 1 max, def not 2, it overwhelms the soup. Unlikely to try it again though.

hayleyandscott's picture

This was so easy and really nice, I used less stock as recommended by others and was glad I did otherwise it would have been very watery. Found it hard to get Ancho chilli but used Chipotle instead. Will definatley make this again

jaguarx's picture

For the Ancho chillies I ordered these online... but normal medium heat chillies work well (Ancho chillies have much more flavour), and the 1.5 of stock, I use pints not litres as litres will make it too watery and the recipe isn't clear on the unit so I went with pints and it works perfectly...

callum78's picture

One very dull soup! Won't be making that again.

jaguarx's picture

This recipe is perfect. Easy and very very tasty. We had a lot of Mexican Lime Soup in Mexico and this is just as delicious and authentic... My boyfriend loved it too and bugged me to make a load so he could take it to work (he loves to show off to his friends that he has a girlfriend that can cook). Not watery or over spicy at all, although its not meant to be a thick soup.

mpinnock's picture

Awesome. Was a big hit at dinner party. Had one vegetarian and a non fish person. Added sweetcorn and then had little bowls of chicken, prawns, fresh chilis, coriander etc in the middle.

anitashah3's picture

my husband and i loved this. i am a veggie so i used tofu pieces instead of chicken. We usually have bread with soup but this recepie does not need bread.

traceyj0411's picture

I made this soup according to the recipe and although taste wise it's very tasty, it was really watery in consistency.

I added a cup of long grain rice & cooked for a further 15 mins which did the trick and thickened the soup up a treat.

When I cook this again I'm only going to add 1 litre of stock as I think it'll be ample.

ladimananda's picture

spicy and delicious!

fleming's picture

Really delicious, my boyfriend said it was one of the best things he'd ever tasted!!

jacqmac's picture

Really delicious and so easy to make. I added some lentils before blending to make it slightly thicker. A big hit with the whole family!

amusville's picture

I made this soup today taste is great. I added some chick peas to thicken the base before blending and added some red and green peppers with the chicken. Would definately make again!

rhianthomas1984's picture

I forgot to stir in the lime juice before serving but it was still very tasty, we particulary enjoyed the homemade tortilla strips.

jburton's picture

Well i dont know where i went wrong with this. Ive never had a problem with making soup before but this came out far far too hot (and we love spicy) and very very runny and and an awful grey colour. It was like runny water with tomatoes chucked in. Ive never had a problem with any of the recipes on this site, it must have been something that i did, i cant believe it was the recipe due to the very good comments above. I would be happy to try my hand at making this again.

jburton's picture

This sounds lovely although we don't eat chicken or turkey, even tho we are meat eaters. Ive bought a chunk of 'Extra special Cooked Arista pork loin' from my local supermarket Deli, i thought of chopping this into small cubes and adding this to the soup when its poured back into the saucepan after the Processor stage to warm through, and im serving with 'Ciabatta Cheese and Garlic Bread' i maight also add a little bit of sweetcorn. I hope this will work.x

biancab's picture

not my favourite soup - too watery and a bit bland


Questions (2)

Knarf's picture

OK I am new to this game. The ingredients doesn't say if the chicken should be cooked first.
Help. I don't want to do anyone a dodgy stomach.

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there. Thanks for your question. Yes, the chicken is raw at the start and cooks through in the soup. Thanks, BBC Good Food web team.

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