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Chicken and Black Bean Soup Recipe

Chicken and Black Bean Soup Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Chicken and Black Bean Soup

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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!"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"Tasty southwest flavors. Came together easily. I had to change the corn for peas because that's what I had and added a yellow pepper. We ate it with sour cream and shredded cheese."

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2013

"Fantastic soup! My husband raved about it after eating 2 whole bowls!"

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"We really liked this soup and will make it again. My chicken was frozen so I boiled and shredded it rather than cooking in the pan. I also omitted the jalapeno, as I forgot it at the store. Still had great flavor. I think next time I will add more cornstarch to thicken it up a little more. Very yummy!"

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"Very tasty soup - and easy to throw together with ingredients I have on hand."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

"Easy enough for my husband to make! Really delicious!"

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2013

"Really enjoyed this mildly spicy soup! Just made this tonight and my husband and I almost ate the whole pot. I didn't change the recipe other than the order I put it together. I used some oil to cook the chicken in then bloomed the spices in the oil before adding the broth. I didn't add the fresh cilantro until the very end so it would hold it's fresh flavor. For topping options, I offered sour cream, fresh cilantro, sharp white cheddar and tortilla chips. My least favorite part of the soup was the chicken chunks. Next time I think I will slice the chicken breast into thin strips or not add it at all. Loved how fast and easy it was. :)"

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

"Really good soup,. I added chopped onions that I sautéed until soft before adding the rest of the ingredients."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2012

"Very good for a quick and easy soup! I added a medium onion chopped and sauteed it and the jalapeno with the chicken. Other than that, made by the recipe. Great garnished with sour cream instead of cheese."

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