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chicken tortilla soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • Author: Megan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This is the BEST Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe. It’s a simple recipe that’s ready in about 30 minutes. This recipe is hearty and satisfying while using healthy and clean ingredients.


  • 1 ¼ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts) 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno, diced & seeds removed 
  • ½ yellow onion, diced 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne (optional, for spice)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
  • 1 cup corn (canned or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Toppings (optional):

  • Tortilla strips
  • Avocado, diced
  • Cilantro, chopped


  1. Cook your chicken breasts in the oven: bake them on a sheet pan at 425 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Once cooked, shred into bite-sized pieces using two forks. 
  2. While the chicken cooks, begin the soup. Add the olive oil to the bottom of a large pot over medium high heat. Saute the onion and jalapeno for 5 minutes, until slightly softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. 
  3. Add the broth, crushed tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, oregano, and cayenne (optional, for spice) to the pot. Stir to combine. Simmer for 15 minutes, uncovered and stirring occasionally. 
  4. Add the cooked chicken, black beans, corn, and lime juice and simmer for 3 – 5 more minutes, until heated through.
  5. Optionally, serve topped with tortilla strips, avocado, and cilantro.


  • Spice: if you choose to add the 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, this recipe with have a low to mild spice level. If you want your soup to be spicer, add more cayenne (double the amount to 1/4 teaspoon for a spicy soup).
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Soup, Chicken, Tortilla, Mexican, Healthy