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

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    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)

susan7894's picture

Very good. I made my own broth from thighs and then shredded that into the soup. I also added black beans, corn and some pepper flakes.

gk1976's picture

This is quite an easy and simple soup to make. I found that it needed a LOT of seasoning though. What really makes it is the toppings - I served mine with tortilla chips, lime wedges, fresh coriander leaves and soured cream. My 3-year old nephew liked it too!

taracox's picture

Really tasty but I only used about 1 litre of stock which I found to be plenty

taracox's picture

Really tasty but I only used about 1 litre of stock which I thought was plenty.

navjotgill's picture

Very easy to prepare and surprisingly tasty. Will definately make this again.

jaxzmusic's picture

Very very lovely, I made the soup with the chicken then let everyone else help themselves to the avocado, lime, corriander and tortillas, so it was like a funky little soup pick n mix.

Hit with everyone. Will definitely make again :)

poolio's picture

We used smoked chicken and added some sweetcorn: it had much more flavour than we expected and it couldn't be easier to prepare! (especially since we didn't even bother to puree)

janbomyers's picture

easy and delicious


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