Hearty Chipotle Chicken Soup Recipe
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Hearty Chipotle Chicken Soup Recipe

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Sweet corn and cool sour cream help tame the smoky hot flavors of chipotle pepper in this well-balanced soup that's perfect for chilly nights. —Sonali Ruder, New York, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups frozen corn
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeded and minced
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

Nutritional Facts

1-2/3 cups with 1 tablespoon sour cream equals 287 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 790 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 21 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat 2 vegetable


  1. In a Dutch oven, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, cumin and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in chicken; heat through. Garnish with sour cream; sprinkle with cilantro. Yield: 8 servings (3-1/4 quarts).
Originally published as Hearty Chipotle Chicken Soup in Healthy Cooking December/January 2010, p35

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Reviewed Jan. 19, 2016

"We loved it! Great flavor for canned ingredients. I even cheated with the chicken on this one. I bought frozen chicken (Tyson) southwest flavor. We did need to tone it down with sour cream also, those peppers are SPIIIIICCYY!"

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

"This was incredibly easy to prepare and wonderful to eat. I put the onion, garlic and chipotle peppers along with the sauce into my small food chopper and finely chopped all that good stuff together. I added all that to the oil in the pan along with 1/2 of a seeded jalape?o pepper (only canned tomatoes I buy are petite-diced) for some more spice. Salted all that until the onion was tender, then pretty much followed the rest of the recipe. I did take cherikzalger's suggestion and added some lime juice just before serving. Next time will substitute black beans; neither DH nor I cared for the pinto beans in this dish. Other than that minor flaw, outstanding!"

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015

"We loved this soup. We really needed the sour cream to tame it down a bit, and the fresh cilantro was the best part."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"Love this soup."

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"I had some leftover chipotles in adobo sauce from another recipe, and decided to try this out. It was perfectly spicy. If I make it again, I will leave out the chicken, I don't think it added anything and the beans and corn make it hearty enough."

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