Mexican Chicken Soup

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This simple, flavorful Mexican chicken soup is warm, comforting and easy to make. Naturally gluten free, it’s great for feeding a crowd!

Mexican Chicken Soup

Mexican chicken soup, also know as caldo de pollo, is one of my top comfort foods of all time. While I love cooking soups all year round, I especially find myself craving it more as the temps continue to drop here in Michigan.

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This humble yet satisfying chicken soup is naturally gluten free and made with just a few simple ingredients including chicken broth, onions and carrots. While I typically start with raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts you could just as easily use shredded rotisserie chicken to save even more time.

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The true star of the show in this Mexican chicken soup is the garnish. Fresh lime juice, creamy avocados, minced onion and spicy jalapeño are sprinkled on top right before serving. While these garnishes are optional, I highly recommend serving them at the table along with warmed tortillas if you wish.

Easy Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe

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Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe

Mexican Chicken Soup

4.50 stars average
This simple, flavorful Mexican chicken soup is warm, comforting and easy to make. Naturally gluten free, it’s great for feeding a crowd!
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 40 minutes


  • 8 cups chicken broth (low sodium (or homemade))
  • 1 medium onion (quartered)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 3 large carrots (peeled and quartered)


  • lime juice
  • cilantro (minced)
  • avocado (cubed)
  • onion (minced)
  • jalapeno (thinly sliced or minced)


  • Bring chicken broth, quartered onion, salt and pepper to a boil in a large soup pot. Add chicken breasts then bring back to a boil. Reduce to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until chicken breasts are cooked through.
  • Remove chicken from the pot and place on a cutting boar. Cut into large chunks then return to the broth. Add quartered carrots and cook until fork-tender, about 6-7 minutes. 
  • Divide soup between four bowls then garnish with lime juice, cilantro, avocado, minced onion and jalapeño. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. 

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While these garnishes are optional, they are the star of the dish so I highly recommend them. 


Serving: 2cupsCalories: 186kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 26gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 2471mgPotassium: 1008mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 9055IUVitamin C: 39.5mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 1.6mg
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2 responses to “Mexican Chicken Soup”

  1. Judah S Harris Avatar
    Judah S Harris

    Mexican chicken soup – 16 ounce portion lists Sodium 2471mg. That seems wrong, not that much if using low-sodium broth. Maybe an error. Certainly too much sodium in a soup, though I know some have high amounts.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Hi Judah! Part of the reason for the higher count is that most conventional chicken has a high salt content. To eliminate / reduce sodium try using organic chicken and homemade stock or salt-free stock. :)