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Chicken Tortilla Soup with Lime

The fresh lime and cilantro in this zesty treat remind me of warmer climates—a nice bonus on chilly days here in northern Michigan. I lightened up the original recipe by baking the tortilla strips rather than frying them. —Marianne Morgan, Traverse City, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 corn tortillas (6 inches), cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pound red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice


  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine tortilla strips, 1 teaspoon oil and salt. Seal bag and shake to coat. Arrange tortilla strips on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until crisp, stirring once. Remove to paper towels to cool.
  • In a large saucepan, saute chicken in remaining oil until no longer pink and lightly browned. Add onion; cook and stir until onion is tender. Add broth and potatoes.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the corn, chilies, cilantro and pepper. Cook until heated through. Stir in lime juice. Garnish with tortilla strips.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 221 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 757mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1/2 fat.
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  • kcc1108
    Feb 13, 2012

    Tasted just like the homemade soup from my local "Mexican Mom & Pop" restaurant that I love so much; she may have just lost a bit of my business.Easy to do and very tasty!

  • shecooksalot
    Nov 30, 2011

    It wasn't a bad recipe, it just didn't have enough flavor for me. This has more of a broth base and I think my personal preferance is toward a creamy based chicken tortilla soup.

  • dajs
    Oct 15, 2011

    Next time I make it I will consider adding coconut milk to kick up the flavor and give it a Jamaican edge.

  • teina1536
    Aug 25, 2011

    We love this recipe -I froze half of it and then added julienned red bell pepper and carrots and my husband loved it, I also added a little cubed chicken. We will fix this on a regular basis.

  • 112sandy
    Mar 18, 2009

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