Mexican soup with chicken

Mexican soup with chicken

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(25 ratings)

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 cloves, 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 breasts, 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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20th Jan, 2011
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.
3rd Jan, 2011
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.
27th Nov, 2010
spicy and delicious!
23rd Nov, 2010
Really delicious, my boyfriend said it was one of the best things he'd ever tasted!!
26th Aug, 2010
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!
18th Jul, 2010
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!
25th Jun, 2010
I forgot to stir in the lime juice before serving but it was still very tasty, we particulary enjoyed the homemade tortilla strips.
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12th Oct, 2009
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.
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25th Sep, 2009
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
25th Sep, 2009
not my favourite soup - too watery and a bit bland


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