Mexican-Style Chicken Soup

Just 15 minutes of hands-on time is all it takes to prep this subtly spicy and exotic south-of-the-border soup.

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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
180 min
195 min


  • 10 oz grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 each green and red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 zucchini or yellow summer squash, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
(2 8-oz breasts)
  • 1 tbsp chile powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice plus additional lime wedges for garnish, optional
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin
 olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, optional


  1. Mist a 3- to 3½-qt slow cooker with cooking spray. Add tomatoes, bell peppers, onion, squash, garlic and 1/4 cup water; stir gently. Arrange chicken on top and mist with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine chile powder, cumin and oregano. Sprinkle evenly over top of contents of slow cooker. Cover and cook until chicken is no longer pink in center, 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low.
  3. Turn off slow cooker. Remove chicken and transfer to a cutting board. Stir cilantro, lime juice, oil and salt into tomato-pepper mixture. Pull chicken apart into large pieces, or shred coarsely with 2 forks. Return chicken to slow cooker, gently stir and let mixture sit, uncovered, for 15 minutes, until thickened slightly. Divide rice among shallow soup bowls and spoon tomato-chicken mixture over top, dividing evenly. If desired, top with additional cilantro. If using, serve with sour cream and lime wedges.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 1/4 cups tomato-chicken mixture and 1/2 cup rice
  • Calories 366
  • Carbohydrate Content 36.5 g
  • Cholesterol Content 66 mg
  • Fat Content 10.5 g
  • Fiber Content 6 g
  • Protein Content 32 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 2 g
  • Sodium Content 354 mg
  • Sugar Content 7 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 2 g