Here's a version of chicken tortilla soup that's both super-easy and delicious. To make it even quicker, use crumbled baked tortilla chips in place of the homemade tortilla strips and skip Steps 1-2. Serve with vinegary coleslaw, lime wedges and hot sauce. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2008

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

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  • Spread tortilla strips in an even layer on a baking sheet and coat with cooking spray. Bake until browned and crispy, 12 to 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add peppers and onion and cook, stirring, until the onion begins to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Add cumin and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add chicken, broth, tomatoes and their juice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in lime juice. Serve each portion topped with some of the baked tortilla strips, Cheddar and cilantro.

Tips

Tip: To trim boneless, skinless chicken thighs, we like to use kitchen shears to snip the fat away from the meat.

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

275 calories; 11.8 g total fat; 3.5 g saturated fat; 52 mg cholesterol; 761 mg sodium. 530 mg potassium; 23.8 g carbohydrates; 4.8 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 19.4 g protein; 1910 IU vitamin a iu; 4 mg vitamin c; 22 mcg folate; 107 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 49 mg magnesium;

Reviews (22)

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Rating: 3 stars
08/31/2018
I don't really understand all the hype about the recipe. It was ok not bad but not fantastic. I added more cumin than the recipe called for plus some garlic powder black pepper and a pinch of salt. Without that it would have been bland. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2014
Tremendously Awesome I made this soup the other day with the only modification being that I used two cans of Rotel( Original ). This soup had an amazing flavor and just enough spice. It will become a family favorite Pros: Incredble Flavor Cons: I have to double the recipe because we ran out so quickly! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2014
DELISH! This was one of the best recipes for tortilla soup I have ever made. I made some small modifications: didn't make the tortilla strips and substituted a small bag of frozen corn in its place. Also used a can of the original rotel (instead of toms w/ chilis....added a little more flare which my family likes!) Can't wait to have left overs tomorrow night! Pros: Slightly spicy great flavors easy dish to prepare! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/29/2012
Staple in our house! I make this even easier by either poaching chicken breast and shredding or using breasts from rotisserie chicken adding 1 1/2 cups of my favorite salsa from my local mexican restaraunt 2 cups chicken broth 1 cup water cumin simmer for 20 min then top off with the lime cheese cilantro FF sour cream and tortilla strips. It's so easy and delicious! Pros: Easy satisfying healthy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2012
Yummy and spicy I made this for dinner last night and absolutely loved it. Then I read back over the recipe and realized I forgot to add the lime juice. Shoot! Thankfully I have leftovers so I'm planning to add that for supper tonight. This is a very spicy dish and unfortunately for me the rest of my family doesn't like spice. So I have to save this recipe to make when they're out doing other things. It's soooo good though! Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2012
delicious! I made a double batch of this which is risky with a first try recipe but I'm so glad I did! It was quick & easy and SO good. The only thing I did differently was to brown the chicken first then add the oil and cook onions and peppers (add a little salt) & scrap up browned bits as the liquid is released. I think browning the meat adds an extra level of flavor so I always do it. The lime juice made this dish so don't skip it. This was fantastic and will definitely become a staple in our house! Pros: easy quick tasty Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I have made this soup several times now. I pretty much make it according to the recipe and we always love it. Great fast super tasty recipe! Mary Santa Cruz CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was great. I added some leftover mixed veggies. Heidi Los Alamos NM Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I added very finely chopped carrots celery and garlic and also added avacado with the cheese. Lisa NC Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is a very good low fat version of Tortilla soup. I doubled the recipe used 2lbs boneless/skinless chicken thighs and added a can of white beans. When serving I added a small amount of chopped fresh avocado. This was a big hit with my son and husband. Thanks! Deedle Peterborough NH Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Excellent flavor combination and very easy to make. Just be sure to wear gloves when you cut up the hot pepper! Erin Essex VT Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My girlfriends and I use to make this exact receipe a long time ago. I had lost it the original and coundn't remember all the ingredients. I am so glad to find it here. After eating this you won't ever have it at a restaurant again! Thanks. Peggy Lewis Bradenton FL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very Very good. I used some pre-cooked cuban-spiced chicken thighs from the deli (and omitted the cumin) and added frozen corn. I want to eat this every day! Next time I'm going to reduce the meat to half a pound and add some beans (they're good for your heart). BettyR Seattle WA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Wow I just made this for lunch and it was GREAT! I used boneless chicken breast in place of the chicken thighs as I am not a fan of chicken thighs. But my husband LOVED it. I went to the extra effort to make the tortill strips and it made a difference! This is a new staple at our house! Marsha Brooklyn NY Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe is awesome and easy! I did change a couple things though. I also used white meat - tenders to be exact and I used canned Fire Roasted tomatoes instead of the ones with green chilis. I used only one can of chicken broth 1 large onion (not med.) 1 poblano (from my garden) 1 can undrained black beans and used white cheddar. Soooo gooood! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I absolutely loved this recipe. Made it for a group if friends and everyone went crazy for it. I added black beans used only 2 peppers and a little more lime juice. I'll definetly make it again. Caryn L Philadelphia Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was delicious and fairly simple to make. I forgot about the the lime juice so it may have even been better also added a hand full of spinach just before it was done. Will make again. Stacey Pa Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I added a can of black beans and some frozen corn for a little extra bulk and nutrition. Absolutely fabulous. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I add black beans at the end of the cooking process. When serving I put a dollop of sour cream then the tortilla chips. Chop cilantro and squeeze some lime juice on top. Fantastic! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Tried and true I have made this too many times to count. It's the perfect way to use up some left over chicken or rotisserie chicken. So much flavor with just the right amount of heat. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Wonderful flavor! We loved this soup! It was so quick and easy to make. I added a half bag of frozen southwestern blend veggies when I added the broth etc. I also tossed in a couple of quarters of fresh lime before serving I will definitely be serving this again. Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious and healthy! I made this soup last night and followed exactly except i added (like some other reviewers)black beans and corn. Delicious! Read More