Mexican soup with chicken

Mexican soup with chicken

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(28 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

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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 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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George Payne's picture
George Payne
18th Jun, 2020
Not good, very little flavour. I also reduced the amount of chicken stock, but still very watery. I usually love Mexican dishes, but sadly this was not a winner at all.
ljshakey's picture
6th Sep, 2015
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
2nd Mar, 2014
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
24th Feb, 2014
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.
18th Nov, 2012
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!
1st Oct, 2012
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.
15th Jun, 2012
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
30th Jan, 2012
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...
17th Jan, 2012
One very dull soup! Won't be making that again.
4th Dec, 2011
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.


Knarf's picture
7th Jan, 2014
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
13th Jan, 2014
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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