Cilantro-lime chicken soup


  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time45 mins
  • Makes4 Servings
Cilantro-lime chicken soup

Michael Graydon

Chatelaine Triple Tested


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 1 6-in. tortilla, cut into bite sized strips

  • 1 leek, thinly sliced

  • 2 bell peppers, chopped

  • 2 celery stalks, chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tbsp dried oregano

  • 1/4 tsp hot-red-chili-flakes

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

  • 1 cube chicken bouillon

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, or thighs, excess fat trimmed

  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels

  • 2 limes, divided

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro


  • HEAT a very large, wide pot over medium. Add 2 tsp oil. Add tortilla strips. Cook, stirring frequently, until toasted, 2 to 3 min. Remove to a paper-towel–lined plate. Add remaining 1 tsp oil to pot. Add leek. Cook, stirring frequently, until leek softens slightly, 1 min. Add peppers and celery. Cook until vegetables begin to caramelize, 12 min.

  • ADD garlic and cook 1 min. Stir in 3 cups of water and spices. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Stir in bouillon cube until dissolved. Add chicken. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through, 6 min.

  • REMOVE chicken to a cutting board. Using two forks, shred chicken. Then stir into soup along with corn. Cook until corn is hot, about 2 min. Stir in lime juice (from 1/2 lime), along with cilantro.

  • CUT remaining lime into wedges. Serve soup with wedges and garnish with tortilla strips. Soup keeps well in the refrigerator for 3 days or in the freezer for 1 month. If making ahead, stir in cilantro just before serving.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 74, Protein 7g, Carbohydrates 8g, Fat 2g, Fibre 1g, Sodium 142mg.

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