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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2008


Recipe Summary

45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • 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.


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; protein 19.4g 39% DV; carbohydrates 23.8g 8% DV; dietary fiber 4.8g 19% DV; sugars 3.1g; fat 11.8g 18% DV; saturated fat 3.5g 18% DV; cholesterol 52.1mg 17% DV; vitamin a iu 1909.8IU 38% DV; vitamin c 3.9mg 6% DV; folate 22.4mcg 6% DV; calcium 107.4mg 11% DV; iron 2.4mg 13% DV; magnesium 49.1mg 18% DV; potassium 530.1mg 15% DV; sodium 760.5mg 30% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 9% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
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
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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
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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
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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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I added very finely chopped carrots celery and garlic and also added avacado with the cheese. Lisa NC Read More
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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
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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
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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
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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