Southwestern Chicken Soup Recipe
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Southwestern Chicken Soup Recipe

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This slow cooker recipe brings people back for seconds. Chock-full of chicken, corn, tomatoes, peppers and chilies, the savory soup is sure to put a little zip in mealtime. —Harold Tartar, West Palm Beach, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES:10 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1-1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt, optional
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (prepared with reduced-sodium broth and without seasoned salt) equals 144 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 350 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 16 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch


  1. In a large skillet, saute the chicken in oil until lightly browned. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker with a slotted spoon. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken and vegetables are tender. Stir before serving. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Chicken Soup in Quick Cooking March/April 2003, p53

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Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

"Added black beans and omitted peppers due to my family's preference. Served topped with sour cream and avocado."

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"I also did this in my dutch oven and we enjoyed it. I agree that the flavor needs to be bumped up a little bit, but this is an excellent base recipe for southwestern chicken soup. To really make it southwestern you should add some black beans to it. I made the confetti corn muffins to go along with this and they had great flavor with the cilantro butter. Yummy!"

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"Nice one"

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"My family and I loved this soup. It was very easy to make and a nice crock pot recipe. My only complaint is that it needs some more seasoning. When I make it again, I'll try to add some different seasonings! Great soup!"

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2012

"This was delicious! Instead of doing it in the crockpot, I was making it for lunch, so I did it in my dutch oven. I sauteed the chicken, onion, peppers, and garlic (I used minced instead of powder) in the oil together so they would soften. Then I added the other stuff. I brought it to a boil and then turned it down to simmer with the lid on for about an hour. When I served it, I stirred just a spoonful of fat free sour cream into each bowl and sprinkled it with a tiny bit of shredded 1.5% Vermont sharp cheddar. It was fabulous! I will definitely be making this again. I think a lot of the liquid must have simmered off, because it made just 7 one-cup servings for me."

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