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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. What a great way to use up the last tortilla chips in the bag! —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 (calculated without cheese): 194 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 752mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 5g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat.

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ahrensj8822 User ID: 5965877 260073
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2017

"I make a very similar soup. Double the chicken, use fiesta corn (corn with red and green peppers) and only a cup of chicken broth. Add a "tub" of Santa Fe cooking cream (formerly a Philadelphia Cream Cheese product but an easy recipe is available on line). The biggest difference is the topping. Take four small tortillas, cut them in strips and brush with olive oil. bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Watch to be sure they get brown, not burnt. Delicious even as a snack. You don't need to thicken the sauce with the cooking cream. Just brown the chicken and add the rest of the ingredients (except the tortilla strips) and simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Top with the strips and cilantro. It's so easy and yummy. I always get rave reviews when I make it."

randcbruns User ID: 828588 259071
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2017

"This is a great basic chicken and black bean soup. It has great flavor but isn't anything special."

wadesworld1973 User ID: 1044011 241485
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! :)"

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 237241
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."

momof2inpa User ID: 3572256 235788
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."

Jenna092 User ID: 7825623 214937
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!"

roz2 User ID: 2776976 206328
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!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 142615
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."

pschube User ID: 2658481 55573
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2013

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

molinaro.ak User ID: 7120798 112956
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!"

sbpugh User ID: 3396804 148932
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

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

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 55652
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

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

SAStith User ID: 120416 143296
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. :)"

3dognite User ID: 1548108 136310
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

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

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 136307
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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