Chicken and Black Bean Soup Recipe
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Chicken and Black Bean Soup Recipe

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This spicy soup is one of my husband’s favorites. It's quick to make but tastes like it simmered all day—and what a great way to use up the last tortilla chips in a bag! It's even delicious reheated. —Linda Lashley, Redgranite, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 18 tortilla chips
  • Shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups (calculated without cheese): 194 calories, 2g fat (trace saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 752mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 5g fiber), 17g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 2 lean mea


  1. Place a large nonstick saucepan coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or until no longer pink. Reserve 2 tablespoons broth; add remaining broth to pan. Stir in corn, beans, tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro, chili powder and cumin. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes.
  2. Mix cornstarch and reserved broth until smooth; gradually stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Top servings with crushed chips and, if desired, cheese. Yield: 6 servings (2 quarts).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Zippy Chicken Soup in Light & Tasty December/January 2007, p57

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Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

"I've made this recipe several times since it originally came out as Zippy Chicken Soup in the Light and Tasty magazine. I recently made it with leftover turkey and turkey stock from thanksgiving, and it was just as delicious! I sometimes omit the jalapeno, and frequently add onion and sometimes add extra corn and black beans to extend the pot. I've also tripled the recipe for potlucks, and it's always a hit. You just can't go wrong with this recipe! :)"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2015

"Delicious! I used 2 chicken breasts, chicken stock, omitted the jalape?o, and 2 t chili powder. I also used dried cilantro and added a dash of salt."

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

"Really good and easy. I don't like anything too spicy so I omit the jalapeno. Since I never have cilantro on hand I leave that out as well. Otherwise it's a meal I can make from pantry items and my family really enjoys it. Top with some crumbled tortilla chips, shredded cheddar and sour cream."

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014 Edited Dec. 15, 2014

"This is a go-to recipe for both my mom and me. We love the kick from the spices and jalapeno, yet it's still comforting. This is the best recipe when it's so cold outside and you just can't seem to warm up!"

Reviewed May. 31, 2014

"So good! I did cheat and use some dried cilantro leaves and frozen rotisserie chicken from my freezer. Had great results. Thanks!"

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