Savory, Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup

This recipe is perfect for cold winter weather. Hot, healthy, and produces the most heavenly smells that will fill your kitchen. This is a new favorite in my house, and it is requested weekly. It requires just a little prep time and then simmers, melding all of those delicious flavors while you do other things. 

Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Serves 4
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 45 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 45 min
Total Time
2 hr
  1. • 5-6 Chicken thighs without skin and bone (you can use chicken breast or whatever you have)
  2. • ½ t Chili powder (you can use more seasoning if desired. I start light and add more later)
  3. • ½ - 1 t Cumin
  4. • ¼ t Garlic powder
  5. • ¼ t salt
  6. • 1 Onion (diced)
  7. • 1 Green and 1 red pepper (Orange and yellow will work, too.)
  8. • Garlic
  9. • Corn ( I use a steamfresh bag that I cook in the microwave)
  10. • 3 T Corn meal
  11. • 4 c of hot water
  12. • Chicken broth (32 oz- low sodium)
  13. • Rotel
  14. • 3-4 T Tomato paste
  15. • 1 can of Black beans (rinsed and drained)
  16. • Optional toppings: avocado, cilantro, jack cheese, sour cream, red onion
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Pace Chicken on foil lined sheet and drizzle with oil. Mix seasonings and sprinkle half over chicken. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is done. Cut up and set aside.
  2. Sauté onion, peppers, garlic in a heated pan. Add the remaining spices. Add cooked chicken.
  3. Add chicken broth, Rotel, tomato paste, water, black beans, and corn. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45-60 minutes uncovered.
  4. Mix cornmeal with just a small amount of water to create a paste. Pour into the soup and simmer for an additional 30-40 minutes.
  5. Check seasoning. I was conservative with the amount. Some do not like spicy. Add more chili powder, cumin, and salt if needed.
  6. Let soup stand for 10 minutes before serving. You can slice up corn tortillas and add to soup a few minutes before serving if you like them to be soft. I prefer to add crunchy tortilla chips to the top before eating.
  7. Top with avocado, cilantro, jack cheese, sour cream, red onion, chips, etc.
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