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Southwest Chicken Soup

Cook up a big pot of this hearty soup on Sunday. Then, reheat and ladle up for lunches during the week! —Will Smith, Beebe, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings


  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 medium lime, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 small tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced


  • In a large nonstick saucepan, saute chicken in oil until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm.
  • In the same pan, saute red pepper and onion until tender. Add the garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the broth, beans, corn, lime, jalapeno, black pepper and cayenne; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato, green onions and chicken; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 199 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 621mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 6g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • kitchey
    Mar 20, 2015

    This soup is really good, but I'd be careful with that lime..I use a quarter of one, and taste for flavor. An entire lime is way too much if your limes have a strong taste. Also watch the jalapenos for the same reason. Somehow I attained the perfect balance when I made this soup, earlier today...I used homemade stock and beans cooked from dried. It's just hot enough without scorching the tongue...A good basic recipe to use/tweak as you will..I'll make it again.

  • amandaiscooking
    Sep 30, 2012

    Delicious - I did not use lime (only bc I didn't have any) but the rest was perfect! Can't wait to have again!

  • K9ChemoNurse
    Jul 4, 2012

    After making the soup and tasting it, I agreed with one reviewer who said it "needed something". I added a teaspoon of taco seasoning and this really added much needed flavor. I served it with a dolop of FF sour cream, a tsp of salsa and a few tortilla chips. This is an easy recipe for sure, just needed more flavor.

  • jaime
    Nov 13, 2011

    No comment left

  • breanne2117
    Jun 8, 2011

    The lime absolutely ruins this otherwise perfect soup. The other thing this needs is fresh chopped cilantro. I also added cooked limas, about 3/4 of a cup. I would make this again just without the lime. way way too bitter. And I cook all the time so I know this is what ruined it.

  • lissakay_osu
    Mar 12, 2011

    It was pretty good...needs salt and something else in my opinion, but I'm not sure what that "something else" is...