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Superfast Mexican Chicken Soup


Superfast Mexican Chicken Soup

This Mexican Chicken Soup uses only 4 ingredients and comes together in minutes, yet packs a ton of flavor thanks to one clever ingredient: salsa verde. Serve it as is to get dinner on the table in record time, or garnish it with delightful toppings on special nights!

Superfast Mexican Chicken Soup //

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Over the years, I have gathered tons of food magazines—literally. A couple of years ago, as my family and I were clearing out the house in anticipation of a move—who wants to carry around hundreds of pounds of old magazines?—I started leafing through lots of issues, one by one, tearing off interesting articles or recipes to try. Doing so required patience, Netflix in the background, and an occasional glass of wine, but relieving myself from the weight of all those magazines made me feel SO MUCH BETTER.

The recipes I tore off went into a binder, and when I lack dinnertime inspiration, I go back to it and flip through to try a new recipe. Many such recipes have earned a spot in my family’s list of favorite dishes. Sometimes, the binder has inspired me to create recipes that became my own.

One of my favorite magazines 10 years ago was Real Simple—and though I loved my Real Simple magazine collection, it was also the one I just couldn’t wait to get rid of. The pile was huge because I was a subscriber for many years and also because each issue was always super thick. I loved Real Simple especially for the recipe section, which was filled with no-nonsense dishes. I often used the magazine’s simple recipes as a starting point to elaborate my own variations.

After trying one of Real Simple’s no-fuss recipes, I was inspired to create this Mexican chicken soup. This heart-warming, spicy soup is infused with salsa verde, and it couldn’t be simpler to make. Simply combine the 4 ingredients in a pot, simmer for 10 minutes, and you’re done. Dinner on the table in record time.

Superfast Mexican Chicken Soup //

But what I like most about this Mexican Chicken Soup recipe is that it’s super versatile. You can add veggies to it—my favorite additions are corn and avocado—and garnish it with a ton of toppings to make it feel fancier. It’s a hearty soup that’s a close cousin to chili, so anything you’d serve with chili works here: tortillas, sour cream, grated cheese, green onion, fresh coriander, and so on.

However you choose to serve it, this Mexican Chicken Soup is a complete, hearty, and healthy meal you can make in a snap.

Superfast Mexican Chicken Soup //

Superfast Mexican Chicken Soup

This Mexican Chicken Soup comes together in minutes, yet packs a ton of flavor thanks to one clever ingredient: salsa verde. Serve it as is to get dinner on the table in record time, or garnish it with delightful toppings on special nights!
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:15 mins
Servings 6 servings
Author Marie Asselin,


  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken meat, (from a leftover rotisserie chicken, for example)
  • 1 can (14- to 19-oz) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup salsa verde (see note)

Toppings (use any or all or none at all)

  • Tortilla chips
  • Diced avocado
  • Cooked corn kernels
  • Minced green onions
  • Fresh coriander
  • Grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream


  • In a large saucepan, combine the chicken broth, chicken meat, white beans, and salsa verde. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Season with black pepper, if desired.
  • SERVING: Garnish each serving of this Mexican Chicken Soup with the toppings of your choice.
  • STORAGE: Refrigerate the soup in airtight containers for up to 4 days. You can also freeze this soup in portions for up to 1 month. Always add toppings right before serving.
  • NOTE: Salsa verde (“Green Salsa”) is a spicy type of salsa that is made with tomatillos and green chili peppers. You’ll find it in the Mexican product section of your grocery store.
  • MAKE IT GLUTEN FREE: Use gluten-free tortilla chips, or omit the tortilla chips from the recipe completely.

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Author: Marie Asselin

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins


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