Mexican-style chicken soup


  • Prep Time20 mins
  • Total Time20 mins
  • Makes18 Cups (4.5 L)
*PLUS Cooking time: 20 minutes
Mexican-style chicken soup

Yvonne Duivenvoorden

Feistier - and faster - than most chicken soups, this south-of-the-border inspired number is chock full of sweet corn and spicy jalapenos.


  • 3 green bell peppers

  • 3 tomatoes

  • 3 celery stalks

  • 2 onions

  • 2 jalapenos

  • 14 to 16 skinless, boneless chicken thighs

  • 2 tbsp dried oregano, or 1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano leaves

  • 2 tbsp ground cumin

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

  • 2 900-ml cartons chicken broth, or 8 cups chicken bouillon

  • 2 cups corn niblets, fresh, frozen or canned

  • 2 limes

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cilantro


  • Coarsely chop vegetables. If you like super-spicy soup, don't seed the jalapenos. Finely chop the jalapenos. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Lightly coat a very large, wide saucepan with oil and set over medium-high heat. Add about half of chicken. Don't crowd the pan. Sauté chicken until no longer pink, about 3 min. Remove to a bowl. Repeat with remaining chicken. Once all chicken has been removed, add onions and more oil if needed. Stir often until slightly softened, about 2 min. Stir in peppers, tomatoes, celery, jalapenos and seasonings. Add broth. Return chicken and any juices to pan.

  • Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered and stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, from 10 to 15 min. Add corn during the last 2 min of cooking. Stir in juice of 1 lime. Taste and add juice of second lime if needed. Soup will keep well in the refrigerator for 3 days or in the freezer for 3 months. Just before serving, top with cilantro.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 100, Protein 11g, Carbohydrates 8g, Fat 3g, Fibre 2g, Sodium 438mg.

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