Southwestern Spiced Chicken Soup

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Warm up with this comforting and delicious Southwestern Spiced Chicken Soup recipe

This Southwestern Spiced Chicken Soup recipe was born out of me eating a lot of tortilla soup at the Salvadorian-Mexican restaurant by my office. But when I transitioned to being a personal chef, I needed something lower carb, yet satisfying to serve my Los Angeles personal chef clients. So I scrapped the tortillas, and bumped up the flavors with tomatoes, avocados, and spices for a decadent dinner or lunch option. One of my clients loved it so much, he had me make it for him every week. I also often make this at home when I need something super flavorful and comforting, no matter what time of year.

What type of chicken should I use

I use chicken thighs in this recipe because they have more flavor and don’t overcook in the soup. If you would rather stick to white meat chicken, you could add in shredded chicken at the end. You can also cube up some chicken breasts or chicken tenders, season them with the same spices in the soup along with salt and pepper and add them in during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Garnishing Southwestern Spiced Chicken Soup

Garnishes are up to you. The recipe calls for garnishing the soup with cheese. I use a cheddar or Mexican blend from my local grocery store. But it’s really to your taste. You can also garnish with Mexican crema or sour cream. And if you’re missing the crunch from he tortillas, feel free to add them back in.


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  1. Sasha Larkin says:

    Followed this recipe. It was easy and DELICIOUS!

    1. Christina Xenos Author says:

      Thank you so much, Sasha!

  2. Made this for the second time tonight and it’s absolutely delicious! I might add a dollop of yogurt when I serve instead of the cheese because I don’t have any on hand, but otherwise would not change a thing! Thanks for this awesome recipe! Everyone should try it!

    1. Christina Xenos Author says:

      I’m so happy you like this recipe! Yogurt is such a great idea!

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