Chipotle-laced broth and thick chunks of corn on the cob are featured in this healthy, smoky chicken soup recipe. The secret to the great flavor is cooking the vegetables in the broth that's made from cooking the chicken. Serve the soup with warm corn tortillas.

Lesley Téllez
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook


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  • Place chicken and 1/4 onion in a large pot. Add 8 cups water and 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil and skim off any foam from the surface. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer, cover and cook until the chicken is just cooked through but not yet pulling away from the bone, about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken to a bowl; discard the onion. Reserve the broth.

  • Meanwhile, place corn, potatoes, carrots and squash in a 10- to 12-quart stockpot.

  • Set aside 1/4 cup broth. Add enough water to the remaining broth to equal 10 cups and add to the stockpot with the vegetables. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons salt. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Add green beans. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer; cover and cook until the vegetables are slightly tender but not completely cooked, 8 to 10 minutes. Add zucchini. Remove from heat and add the chicken; cover to keep warm.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add diced onion and cook, stirring often, until translucent, 4 to 6 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and the reserved 1/4 cup broth; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in chipotles. Transfer the mixture to the stockpot and stir to combine. Add epazote leaves (if using). Cover and cook the soup over medium-low heat until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes more. Serve the soup in large deep bowls.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

258.3 calories; protein 20.9g 42% DV; carbohydrates 19.5g 6% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 3.3g 13% DV; sugars 5.1g; fat 11.2g 17% DV; saturated fat 2.9g 14% DV; cholesterol 60.3mg 20% DV; vitamin a iu 2454.1IU 49% DV; niacin equivalents 15mg 115% DV; vitamin b6 0.7mg 44% DV; vitamin c 17mg 28% DV; folate 79.9mcg 20% DV; calcium 50.1mg 5% DV; iron 2.1mg 11% DV; magnesium 53.9mg 19% DV; potassium 684.8mg 19% DV; sodium 765.8mg 31% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 24% DV; calories from fat 101.1kcal; percent of calories from carbs 29; percent of calories from fat 38; percent of calories from protein 31; percent of calories from sat fat 9.