Mexican Chicken Pozole Soup Recipe

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

Chicken soup gets a flavorful twist with classic Mexican ingredients like smoky chipotle peppers, chewy hominy and fresh lime juice.

Mexican Chicken Posole Soup Recipe by The Lemon Bowl


If you’ve been reading this blog awhile or have visited my About Page, you probably know that I was exposed to authentic Mexican food at a very early age. Although I only lived in Tucson the first six months of my life, we traveled back almost every spring break of my childhood. While the rest of Michigan was at Disney World, we were relaxing in the desert avoiding the long lines and overpriced junk food. I will forever be grateful.

During our week in Arizona, my parents would take us on a day trip to Nogales, Mexico located an hour and a half south of Tucson. From the minute we crossed the border, the smell of homemade corn tortillas, fresh cilantro and warm spices would fill the air. It was completely intoxicating and was the start of my lifelong love affair with authentic Mexican food.

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This Mexican Chicken Posole Soup is a weeknight version of the classic dish. To save time, I use rotisserie chicken but any leftover shredded meat would work including pork or even beef. My husband loves carrots so I tend to add them to every soup but you could swap out for zucchini or skip if you don’t have on hand.

Whatever you do, take 15 minutes and whip up a batch of Smoky Corn Tortilla Chips to serve along side. We also enjoyed a green cabbage version of my Mexican Slaw with Honey Lime Vinaigrette.

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Chicken Posole Soup - The Lemon Bowl

Mexican Chicken Pozole Soup Recipe

4.17 stars average
Chicken soup gets a flavorful twist with classic Mexican ingredients like smoky chipotle peppers, chewy hominy and fresh lime juice.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes
Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 2 medium carrots (diced)
  • 1 red pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (grated)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 in chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (seeded and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 8 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 12 ounces shredded cooked chicken breast (rotisserie works well)
  • 14 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 14 ounce can hominy – drained
  • 4.25 ounce can diced green chilis (drained)
  • 1 juice of lime
  • sliced radishes (diced scallions and minced cilantro – optional garnish to serve)
  • Smoky Baked Corn Tortilla Chips – to serve

Instructions
 

  • Heat a large soup pot over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add onion, carrots, red pepper, garlic and salt. Cook until veggies begin to soften, 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in chipotle peppers, smoked paprika and pepper.
  • Pour in chicken broth, shredded chicken, diced tomatoes, hominy, green chilis and lime juice. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Garnish with sliced radishes, diced scallions and minced cilantro. Serve with Smoky Baked Corn Tortilla Chips.

Notes

If you like foods on the mild side, reduce the chipotle peppers to one.

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcalCarbohydrates: 15.4gProtein: 16gFat: 2.1gSaturated Fat: 0.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 618mgFiber: 2.8gSugar: 5.9g

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55 responses to “Mexican Chicken Pozole Soup Recipe”

  1. Nikki Avatar
    Nikki

    This is more of a caldo(soup, chicken soup) than posole. Posole doesn’t have all those vegatables, it’s just the chicken with harminy (corn) and you eat it with toritillas, lettuce/cabbage, and raddish. Then there is menudo, which is almost the same (different meat) and some don’t put the hominy in.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes this is my interpretation of it.. I like to add vegetables to almost everything to bulk up the nutrition. :)

  2. Russell at Chasing Delicious Avatar
    Russell at Chasing Delicious

    My gosh, this looks like a fantastic recipe! I love all the tex-mex I get down here, but I’m always looking for authentic Mexican takes on great dishes. Can’t wait to try this one!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much!! Let me know what you think!

  3. Maralyn Woods Avatar
    Maralyn Woods

    I lived in Zihuatanejo for 7 years and every Thursday night was posole night. Some restaurants only opened on Thursday and only served posole. I always went with the pork and green chile then added all the fixings including avocado. I really appreciate your nutritional information as I’m on a sodium restricted diet. Great post, love your blog.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much for your nice words!

  4. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog Avatar
    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

    What a beautiful and delicious sounding soup! I love a good soup for dinner and this one looks totally filling!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You and me both – I love filling soups!!

  5. Ashley M. | Our Full Table Avatar
    Ashley M. | Our Full Table

    I love how you can customize this soup to whatever you like. This looks delicious!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I am all about customization :)

  6. Liz Avatar
    Liz

    Nice soup recipe. Thank you, Liz. Have a Great Day!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks Liz – you too!!

  7. Christine from Cook the Story Avatar
    Christine from Cook the Story

    This is a bowl of gorgeous goodness!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You eat with your eyes right?? :)

  8. Joanne Avatar
    Joanne

    My best friend is from AZ so I have had my fair share of exposure to really good Mexican food! It is shockingly hard to find here in NYC so if I want it, I really have to make it myself. This soup looks so good. You can almost feel the rich flavor combing out of it!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hear you on having to make it yourself!! For me, it’s hard to take kids to restaurants these days so I always end up just cooking at home instead. :)

  9. Bri | Bites of Bri Avatar
    Bri | Bites of Bri

    I love, love, love posole! Can’t wait to try this. Thanks, Liz!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you like it Bri!!

  10. julia Avatar
    julia

    I had posole soup at a restaurant in Chicago recently and fell in love. It really is one of the best soups out there! I am keeping this recipe and will be making it soon!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Isn’t it the best?? Let me know if you try it!

  11. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living Avatar
    Jeanette | Jeanette’s Healthy Living

    Love all the fun toppings in this soup! I think my kids would have fun with this, assembling their own soup bowls.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes!!! It’s so fun to customize!!

  12. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) Avatar
    Alyssa (Everyday Maven)

    I love Posole! Those spring trips sound awesome.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      If you left out the hominy is it paleo? I was trying to decide!

      1. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) Avatar
        Alyssa (Everyday Maven)

        Yes, without the hominy and corn chips, it would be Paleo but the hominy is what makes it! ;)

  13. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps Avatar
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    Loving all the flavors here!!! Perfect for Cinco De Mayo!!!!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s funny I realized it was good timing for cinco!!

  14. Erin | The Law Student's Wife Avatar
    Erin | The Law Student’s Wife

    LOVE posole and all of the colorful veggie goodness in here.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you my dear!!

  15. Tom @ Raise Your Garden Avatar
    Tom @ Raise Your Garden

    Greetings from Buffalo!

    Great recipe.

    Here in Buffalo, you can only get chain restaurant Mexican food. Nothing too authentic here. Not so fresh either.

    Nice color too. Going to give this a try.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you try it Tom! So good and easy!

  16. eat good 4 life Avatar
    eat good 4 life

    We do too love Mexican food, however, I don’t cook it enough. I love adobo anything so I need to start cooking more with it. Great soup, and I love that you used already prepared chicken to speed up the process :-)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh I love adobo too! So much flavor!

  17. Gaby Avatar
    Gaby

    Total comfort food, I love it!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It could have used a little guac on the side. ;)

  18. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain Avatar
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    This soup has my name written all over it! ***SLURP***

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes it does my dear!

  19. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite Avatar
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    Authentic mexican food is way different than Tex-Mex but if you put the flavors down in front of me I will LOVE it. I’m a sucker for anything mexican food.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh man you and me both!!

  20. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness Avatar
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I have never tried hominy – but I ALWAYS see it on “Chopped” and I have always wondered what on earth it is, but have had no idea what to use it in…and now I have an idea! I love any kind of Mexican soup and yours look deeelish Liz! As always :) Pinned!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      ahaha chopped!!! I could see it there!!

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