Hearty Chipotle Chicken Soup

Hearty Chipotle Chicken Soup | cookiemonstercooking.com

Our weather is all kinds of crazy right now.  Which I’m sure a lot of you can relate to as well.  This weekend it was gorgeous – sunny and warmer – and I was running around outside without a coat like a kid in a candy shop.  And them bam – we got ice and sleet and now it’s freezing (below freezing technically) again.  I actually really do like winter, but right now I am soooo over it.

To stay warm we’ve been eating a lot of soup.  My consolation prize for dealing with the frigid temps.  Because I love me some soup.  And not to lie, because I will eat it during the summer too – but during the winter it’s even better.  And that’s a fact.

Hearty Chipotle Chicken Soup | cookiemonstercooking.com

But today I feel like a bad friend.  I’ve been making this hearty chipotle chicken soup since the fall I believe … and just now thought to share it here.  Bad bad.  Because it’s good good.  Filling, yet not too heavy, and chock full of goodness with plenty of chicken, veggies and smoky spice.

And you can go ahead and finish it off with some fresh parsley, a good squeeze of lime juice and a big ol’ helping of your favorite tortilla chips.  The chips are totally not optional.  I think I love tortilla chips a little too much for my own good…

Hearty Chipotle Chicken Soup | cookiemonstercooking.com

But I mean, don’t you just want to do a face plant right into that bowl?  No, just me?

Hearty Chipotle Chicken Soup
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
For the soup:
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken or veggie broth
  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 medium red potatoes, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can white hominy, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup heavy cream (or half and half)
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce*
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
For serving:
  • chopped fresh parsley
  • lime wedges
  • tortilla chips
  1. Set a large stockpot over medium heat. Add in the olive oil. When hot, add in the onions and carrots. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Add in the chipotle pepper, cumin, oregano, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until fragrant. Add in the chicken (or vegetable) broth, increase the heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add in the chicken breasts. Cover, turn down the heat to medium / medium-low and let simmer for about 20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through (160 to 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer - how long it will take to cook will depend on the thickness of your chicken breasts). Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and set aside.
  2. Return the pot to medium heat and add in the potatoes and hominy. Cook for about 20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender (the mixture will come to a simmer). Meanwhile, shred or chop the chicken (once it has cooled down a bit).
  3. Once the potatoes are tender, add the shredded chicken to the pot, along with the cream, adobo sauce and tomatoes. Turn the heat down to medium-low and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Season with additional salt/pepper to taste, if needed.
  4. Serve with fresh parsley, lime wedges and tortilla chips.
*The adobo sauce comes from a can of chipotle peppers. From the same can you get the pepper to chop, just spoon out the required amount of liquid.

Adapted from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures. Originally from Cooking Light, December 2004.


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  1. says

    Ahh I’m so happy you got to share this with us all! It looks plain amazing, and since it’s still super cold here, I’m longing for some warm soup. Especially if it’s spicy and it involves chicken ;–)
    Gorgeous shots too, Ashley! xxx

  2. Jo @ the contented baker says

    I have the chips, guacamole and salsa, I just need this delicious soup now! I am a big fan of hearty soups. I so hope the weather improves for you guys soon…such a long cold winter 😉

  3. says

    Okay seriously this weather. It snowed four inches where I’m at today and the day before it was in the 40-50s! I am sooo ready for winter to be done! This soup looks amazing – hearty soup is my favorite! Especially with chicken and chipotle…

  4. says

    Better late than never, Ashley! Thanks for sharing because we need soup by the gallons lately! And I also love soup any old time of the year. There’s always air conditioning to cool things down. ; )

  5. says

    Nothing like a bowl of hot soup in the winter! This soup, plenty of tortilla chips, and maybe some guacamole….thats a dinner I could eat daily and not get tired of it! We will be eating it at least one night soon! Thanks, Ashley! :)

  6. says

    Soup is the perfect thing for those awful, cold temperatures. Your pictures are so bright and colourful, it’s hard to imagine that the weather sucks over there but I know all too well how it can be bright and sunny and just horribly cold at the same time. Stay warm!

  7. says

    I have been eating my weight in soup these days too – this soup sounds and looks like it will be an awesome addition to my to-make soup list! I love using chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in my soups and stews too – they add such depth of flavor!

  8. says

    Mmm … there are so many lovely flavours in this wonderful soup! I can tell it’s getting close to dinner time because I was almost smelling this as I was reading! Hope it gets a bit warmer over there soon. Don’t worry, there’s a limit to how far into spring cold weather can go … surely? 😉

  9. says

    I can totally relate to the crazy weather you’re having, although mine is probably much more mild. Okay, it’s not even close but it has been going from warm and sunny to cold and rainy…? 😉

    Yes, I would face plant right into this if it didn’t have chicken. I love all of the spices and the addition of limes and tortilla chips. You can never go wrong with that combo!

  10. says

    All I want is a big warm bowl of soup right now! It’s cold outside and I feel like I am coming down with a cold or something and a big bowl of soup would be perfect. I’m ready for winter to be over and for spring weather to stay!

  11. says

    Yup, the weather is so bizarre! I just want summer to get here so badly. I’m sick of the cold, wind and snow!

    I love soup, but sometimes it isn’t very filling so I love that this one has so much stuff in it. I could see it being very satisfying.

  12. says

    I can’t ever get enough soup, and gladly eat it year round…I just crank the air conditioning in the summer. Ha. This sounds so delicious with that spice and all of those yummy veggies, and the chips are a must in my book!

  13. says

    Yes, yes I do want to face plant into this right now. And I’m with ya, WHAT THE HECK IS UP WITH THE WEATHER? I hate hate hate it with a passion. BUT I got word from my weatherman Gary that we may see 70 degrees on Monday. 70!! If you can’t tell, I”m pretty pumped. :)

  14. says

    We’ve been having all kinds of crazy weather too and soup is the perfect comforting meal! Would totally want to dive head first right into a big bowl of this hearty and delicious soup :)

  15. says

    …”do a face plant”…ehehe, haven’t heard that one! Thanks for finally sharing that chicken soup with the rest of us…it looks fantastic. And so do the chips :) ela

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