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Chipotle Chicken Soup

Chipotle Chicken Soup is the easiest chicken soup recipe. It has a hint of spice and creaminess from the chickpeas and a slight bit of heat from the chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce.

chipotle chicken soup in a soup pot with a ladle

This homemade Chipotle Chicken Soup is pretty healthy, full of so much flavor and pretty easy to make. This soup is easily adaptable to make it as flavorful or as hot as you prefer. 

I’ve been loving some chipotle recipes lately, no not the burrito spot, but recipes including chipotle peppers. If you’re loving the chipotle peppers and Southwest vibes too, you have to try my Chipotle Chicken Skewers, and an amazing Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken and Rice Soup

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    This Chipotle Chicken Soup recipe was inspired by the book, 300 Sensational Soups, it’s one of the best cookbooks I’ve come across for soup recipes. It has recipes with simple ingredients as well as recipes for more adventurous tastes.

    Why You’ll Love This Chipotle Chicken Soup

    • It’s adaptable, while I enjoy the soup according to this recipe, you can easily adjust your soup ingredients to your preferences and still end up with a fantastic soup recipe.
    • This soup uses healthy ingredients, no added preservatives or unnecessary ingredients
    • Easy filling lunch or dinner recipe that packs a punch with flavor
    • Only uses pantry staple ingredients, nothing too intense
    • Super simple soup recipe that’s ready in well under 45 minutes
    • One pot soup recipe- no crazy flipped upside down dirty kitchen to deal with later
    chipotle chicken soup in a soup ladle

    Recipe Ingredients

    • Chicken broth
    • Garlic cloves
    • Chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce
    • Ground black pepper
    • ChickpeasCooked chicken
    • Salt
    • Avocado
    • Fresh cilantro
    • Lime

    How to Make Chipotle Chicken Soup

    • Step One: In a large pot, bring stock, garlic, chipotles and salt and pepper to taste to a boil over medium-high heat.
    • Step Two: Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes to blend the flavors. Add chickpeas, chicken and salt to taste.
    • Step Three. Ladle into bowls and garnish with cilantro, avocado, tortilla strips and lime wedges. Squeeze a lime over top of each bowl (optional).

    Equipment Needed

    chipotle chicken soup in a soup bowl with a spoon

    What To Serve With Easy Chipotle Chicken Soup

    Recipe Tips and Tricks

    • I like to use already cooked chicken in this recipe as it’s a time saver. You can also use rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken from other recipes.
    • Prep your ingredients and soup beforehand and store it in the fridge just a few hours ahead and then all you have to do is heat it up on the stove later. This also gives your soup more time to let the flavors meld together.
    • Use this soup as part of your meal plan so you can enjoy it for multiple dinners and lunches. 

    Variations and Substitutions

    • If needed, you can swap the chicken broth out for vegetable broth or low sodium chicken broth if you need to watch your salt intake.
    • Feel free to add in more veggies like spinach, kale, cauliflower, or even a hearty zucchini. Keep in mind the water content of the ingredients that you add in or you may end up with a super watery soup.
    • You can add in other ingredients like diced tomatoes, corn, pinto beans or black beans for more delicious flavors.
    • Feel free to swap out the chicken for leftover turkey. That would make another scrumptious soup recipe.
    • Add a little heavy cream to make this more of a rich, creamy chowder.
    • Add a scoop or two of cooked white rice or even cooked Mexican rice to this soup when serving it to bring more texture to it and bulk it out some more. It will also go further this way. 
    chipotle chicken soup in a bowl with a spoon

    How to Store Homemade Chipotle Chicken Soup

    Leftover Chicken Chipotle Soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

    Can You Freeze?

    Absolutely, you can freeze this homemade soup recipe. Sometimes I like to make a double batch to enjoy some now and freeze the extra soup for later. 

    Let your soup cool completely before placing it in a ziplock bag and laying flat in the freezer to freeze safely. Be sure to leave a little room in the bag for expansion. 

    To thaw your soup, all you have to do is remove it from the freezer and place it in the fridge to thaw. 

    To reheat your Chicken Soup, simply dump it in a sauce pan and reheat on the stovetop. You can also reheat soup in the microwave. I recommend microwaving in bursts so you can stir it up as it reheats. 

    Is Chipotle Chicken Soup Healthy?

    This homemade chicken chipotle soup uses healthy ingredients that offer a variety of different health benefits. With different variations of what you want to use you can really make this soup as healthy as you desire.

    chipotle chicken soup in a bowl

    What Is Chipotle Chicken Made Of?

    For this soup recipe, we use already cooked chicken and then add on chipotle chile peppers that are in adobo sauce. This is part of what brings the heat to the chicken and the soup. You can add more adobo sauce or more chile peppers for more heat as well. 

    What Else Can You Add On Top

    If you’re looking to add some other delicious toppings to your Chipotle Chicken Soup, here are some of my favorite ideas to toss on top of my soup when I’ve added it to the serving bowls:

    • Cilantro (like we used here)
    • Lime juice (or lime wedges)
    • Tortilla strips and homemade air fryer tortilla chips
    • Sour cream
    • Greek yogurt
    • Fresh avocado (more than we already use)
    • Shredded cheese of various flavors 

    Other Soup Recipes To Try

    Soups are fantastic dinner recipes that can last you for a few meals. Here are a few more to help you carry through your meal plan for the week. 

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    4.67 from 3 votes

    Chipotle Chicken Soup

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 6
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Total Time 35 minutes
    This is the easiest chicken soup recipe. It has a hint of spice and creaminess from the chickpeas.


    • 6 cups chicken broth
    • 4 garlic cloves minced
    • 1-2 chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce minced
    • ½ tsp ground black pepper
    • 1 can chickpeas 540 mL can, drained and rinsed
    • 3 cups cooked chicken shredded
    • salt to taste
    • 1 avocado diced
    • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
    • 1 lime cut into 6 wedges


    • In a large pot, bring stock, garlic, chipotles and salt and pepper to taste to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes to blend the flavors. Add chickpeas, chicken and salt to taste.
    • Ladle into bowls and garnish with cilantro, avocado, tortilla strips and lime wedges. Squeeze a lime over top of each bowl (optional).


    Serving: 1g | Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 505mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Soups
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Chipotle Chicken Soup Recipe

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    1. I LOVE soup year-round but especially on rainy days and/or chilly weather. Admittedly, right now, I mostly buy canned and/or packaged soups. But I plan on getting a slow-cooker and then I’ll make my own.

      This book sounds great. I’m intrigued by the Hearty Soups for Meat-lovers chapter.

    2. Crystal Kordalchuk says:

      We’re soup fanatics at home! Especially with a side of sour dough bread. I’m definitely going to try some of these recipes over the holidays 🙂

    3. Christina Kelbel says:

      This soup sounds so good, I love soups.

    4. Sherri Lewis says:

      We eat soup a lot… at least a couple of days a week, year-round. Always on the lookout for new varieties to try.

    5. Jenn Huey says:

      I am a lover of soups, especially in the wintertime. You have posted some great options

    6. Debbie White Beattie says:

      I love making soups and there’s something great about a cookbook that’s just about soup

    7. Bill Gibson, II says:

      4 stars
      The garbanzo beans are a surprise for me in this soup. Will try. I also rinse off the Adobo and just dice the chipotle peppers. I have used the canned white meat chicken for this, but have also used the left-over white meat chicken from a whole roasted chicken. The same white meat that I might use to make chicken salad. I’ve thought that other Southwestern flavors might go good, perhaps whole kernel corn. I’ve also used several different types of peppers (both hot & mild, and more than one in the same soup). We have a State Farmers Market about an hour from where I live and later in the summer, there is one vendor that sells more than 50 different types of peppers, and I have found a few that I like, and use in various soups & chowders. I have a good, spicy, seafood chowder that uses several hot peppers.

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