Spicy Vegetable & Chicken Soup


Who wouldn't want to eat their vegetables when they're tucked into a fragrant broth with bits of tasty chicken and spiked with a shot of fresh lime and cilantro? This healthy Southwestern chicken vegetable soup seems even richer with the smoky flavor from roasted poblano peppers and garlic. Serve this healthy chicken soup recipe with tortilla chips.

Active Time:
1 hr
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
8 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each

Can You Make Chicken Soup Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can make this vegetable and chicken soup recipe ahead of time. Prepare the soup through Step 4. Let cool and transfer to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave until heated through. Proceed with Step 5 before serving.

Can You Freeze Chicken Soup?

To freeze this chicken soup recipe, prepare through Step 4. Let cool and transfer to an airtight, freezer-safe container. Be sure to date and label the container before freezing so you can keep track of its contents. Freeze for up to 6 months. When you're ready to enjoy, transfer the soup to the refrigerator to thaw. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave until heated through. Proceed with Step 5 before serving. Herbs will lose their flavor in the freezer, so it's best to wait to garnish until you're ready to eat.

Additional reporting by Alex Loh


  • 2 medium poblano peppers

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil

  • 12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion (1 large)

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red or green bell pepper (1 large)

  • 1 ½ cups green beans, cut into 1/4-inch pieces, or frozen, thawed

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans or pinto beans, rinsed

  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 4 cups chopped chard or spinach

  • 1 ½ cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • ½ cup fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving


  1. To roast poblanos: Position oven rack about 5 inches from the heat source; preheat broiler. Line the broiler pan with foil. Broil whole poblanos, turning once, until starting to blacken, 8 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a paper bag and let steam to loosen skins, about 10 minutes. When the poblanos are cool enough to handle, peel, seed, stem and coarsely chop; set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add onion, bell pepper, green beans and garlic. Cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in chili powder and cumin and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in broth, beans, tomatoes and the chopped poblanos; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.

  4. Add the reserved chicken and juices, chard (or spinach) and corn; return to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes more to heat through and blend flavors.

  5. Top each portion with 1 tablespoon each cilantro and lime juice; serve with lime wedges.

    Southwestern Vegetable & Chicken Soup

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

213 Calories
6g Fat
25g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size about 1 1/2 cups
Calories 213
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 17g 33%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Vitamin A 2806IU 56%
Vitamin C 72mg 80%
Folate 45mcg 11%
Sodium 386mg 17%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 3mg 16%
Magnesium 72mg 17%
Potassium 779mg 17%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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