Southwestern Chicken Soup

This delicious, one-pan dish packs a ton of flavour into every bite. Adding some fresh lime juice and coriander (celantro) right before serving really brightens the flavours and pulls them all together. This soup makes a great appetiser, or pair it with a crisp, green side salad for a light, yet satisfying meal.


Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 60 – 80 minutes.
Serves: 8

2 T. extra virgin olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Salt and black pepper, to taste
6 c. organic chicken broth, divided
4 ears fresh sweet corn, husked and kernels removed
2 15-oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
½ c. fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 small jalapeno pepper, finely diced
2 t. ground cumin
1 T. chilli powder
2 t. dried oregano
½ t. cayenne pepper
4 limes, quartered
¼ c. fresh coriander, chopped

  1. Heat olive oil and garlic in a large, high-sided pan over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Remove browned garlic with a slotted spatula and discard.
  2. Unroll chicken thighs and season both sides with salt and black pepper, to taste. Add chicken to hot pan and brown on both sides, approximately 3-4 minutes per side.
  3. Add just enough chicken broth to pan to cover about 1/3 of the chicken thighs. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until chicken is pull-apart tender, approximately 40-45 minutes.
  4. Once tender, carefully shred chicken with 2 forks while still in the pan. Add corn kernels, black beans, chopped tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, cumin, chilli powder, oregano, and cayenne pepper to pan and top off with remaining chicken stock. Stir to combine and season with additional salt and black pepper, to taste.
  5. Increase heat to medium and simmer until heated through, approximately 15 minutes. If time permits, simmer longer to give flavours more time to mingle. Remove from heat and stir in juice from 2 whole limes and fresh coriander. Serve immediately with remaining lime wedges. Enjoy!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Gina Fobbe says:

    sounds delicious, will test it!


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