In-a-Hurry Easy Mexican Chicken Soup

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May 15, 2024
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This Mexican chicken soup recipe could literally be made in 10 minutes if you have diced, cooked chicken on hand! It’s a perfectly quick and tasty weeknight dinner. I want to tell you about some unrelated kitchen fails today, but I’ll keep showing you photos of this soup so we all remember why we’re here.

This Mexican chicken soup recipe could literally be made in 10 minutes if you have diced, cooked chicken on hand! It's a perfectly quick and tasty weeknight dinner.

Folks, let me be frank: Not everything I cook is a winner. Since my recipes are simple, I usually can tell how they will be before I actually make them. I don’t usually use complicated techniques or adventurous ingredient combinations, so when I get a recipe idea, I pretty much know how it will turn out. Sometimes I make mistakes though. Either ideas aren’t as good as I hoped, measurements are off, I use the wrong ingredient, or something else goes wrong.

This Mexican chicken soup recipe could literally be made in 10 minutes if you have diced, cooked chicken on hand! It's a perfectly quick and tasty weeknight dinner.

Take last Wednesday for example. I cooked a lot that day, but nothing came out quite right. I got a bread maker and got right to work on making spelt bread. It came out as bread all right, but it was super dense and kind of flavorless. Back to the drawing board on that one, but we still managed to eat it. Something has to be seriously bad before I’ll throw it away. I hate wasting food!

Later I planned to make good ol’ Cream of Chicken Soup with Wild Rice, a classic at our house and one I thought I could make with my eyes closed. In this case, I should have eaten it with my eyes closed because it turned out PURPLE.

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Let me just tell you, black rice isn’t the same as wild rice. Black rice is the same as forbidden rice, which turns into purple rice when you cook it. As soon as I dropped that black rice into the pot, I saw a cloud of purple appear and knew what I had done. Again, I sure as heck wasn’t going to waste a perfectly good pot of soup. It still tasted as good as ever, and we all had a good laugh about the color. (It was also perfect for dunking the mediocre bread I made earlier in the day.)

Wait for it. This easy Mexican chicken soup is coming…

This Mexican chicken soup recipe could literally be made in 10 minutes if you have diced, cooked chicken on hand! It's a perfectly quick and tasty weeknight dinner.
This Mexican chicken soup recipe could literally be made in 10 minutes if you have diced, cooked chicken on hand! It's a perfectly quick and tasty weeknight dinner.

This Mexican chicken soup recipe could literally be made in 10 minutes if you have diced, cooked chicken on hand! It's a perfectly quick and tasty weeknight dinner.


For the final fail of the day, I saw a gluten-free chocolate cake mix at the grocery store that day and got a hankering for chocolate cake. I grabbed the mix and a container of chocolate frosting. I figured I could make a quick cake with store-bought ingredients and satisfy my cake craving without too much work. I’m talking about a cake mix here, and I messed it up!

I have only made single-layer gluten-free cakes, but this time I decided to get fancy and make a two-layer cake. That’s not hard, right? As it turns out, it actually is hard when wheat isn’t involved. Those cakes completely crumbled apart when trying to maneuver them. The top layer broke into three big pieces and a bunch of crumbs.

I figured I’d just glue it together with frosting, so I kept on frosting that sucker until it looked somewhat like a cake. Then we decided to add some sprinkles to distract from the falling off parts. My oldest claimed that he was a sprinkles expert, so I stepped aside while he poured a huge mound of blue sugar on top of the cake. I told him that was his piece, and he was downgraded from sprinkles expert to sprinkles apprentice. When it came time to eat that cake, it was so dang sweet from all the frosting and sprinkles that I couldn’t even finish my piece.

By the end of that day, I questioned if I should even be a food blogger. How could I mess up such easy things?? I needed to make something delicious and foolproof to boost my confidence. This Mexican Chicken Soup is IT. You can not mess this up. I really can’t think of a way. (Don’t challenge me on that.)

It is so tasty, easy, quick, and all the other adjectives I love when I’m talking about a dinner recipe. Whether you need to feel like a rock star in the kitchen or just want a no-brainer recipe after a long day, make this soup!

This Mexican chicken soup recipe could literally be made in 10 minutes if you have diced, cooked chicken on hand! It's a perfectly quick and tasty weeknight dinner.

Mexican Chicken Soup Tips, Modifications and Substitutions

Here are some ways to easily modify this recipe to best suit your tastes or what you have on hand.

  • If you are in a hurry and do not have any leftover chicken breast, you can always use 2 cans of canned chicken instead. I know what you are thinking but trust me, it works. Canned chicken is a quick, easy and inexpensive alternative to use in soups or other recipes like this Chicken Enchilada Recipe with Canned Chicken (Stove-top Casserole) or this easy buffalo chicken wrap.
  • Feel free to use pinto beans instead of black beans if you prefer. Both work great in this recipe.
  • Top with some fresh cilantro and diced white onion for extra flavor.
  • For some heat add a jalapeno. Simply deseed and dice and in step one with the other ingredients. For even more heat leave the seeds in.
  • If you do not have Rotel tomatoes, you can use canned diced tomatoes. I like keeping the Rotel fire roasted tomatoes on hand as they are great in this queso recipe or this sour cream dip.
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This Mexican chicken soup recipe could literally be made in 10 minutes if you have diced, cooked chicken on hand! It's a perfectly quick and tasty weeknight dinner.

In-a-Hurry Easy Mexican Chicken Soup

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This tasty chicken tortilla soup could be made in as little as 10 minutes if you have cooked chicken on hand. Perfect weeknight dinner!

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Pour chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, corn, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and cilantro into a stockpot. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts to pot, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  2. Remove chicken breasts, shred meat with two forks, and return to pot. Ladle soup into bowls, and top with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and cheese if desired. Serve with hot sauce to add as needed.

 

Notes

If you have cooked chicken on hand, stir it into the boiling broth, simmer until heated through, and dinner is done!

  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

17 comments

Barbara Karr
7 years ago

Okay! You´ve motivated me. My pantry needs thinning out and these are great ideas. Send any others you come up with, they will be greatly appreciated!!!!! Barb Karr

Angie S
9 years ago

That purple soup is a sight to behold! Thanks for taking the picture! :D
I make a what I call “Chicken Taco Soup” that’s very similar to this, and we LOVE it! Another time saver (if you have thought a bit ahead and/or have a well stocked pantry) is to use a can of cooked chicken. Fresh is oh so much better, but sometimes, it is what it is!!!

Andi
9 years ago

Hi, Angie! I’m glad I could amuse you with that purple soup ;) Yes, canned chicken is a great shortcut! I don’t remember when I started making this soup, but I’m pretty sure the original recipe used all canned ingredients including chicken. Nothing wrong with that! (You can see my post from today for Greek Pasta that talks about how I feel about shortcuts like that.)

Cate @ Chez CateyLou
9 years ago

Laughing out loud about your purple soup. I’m so glad you included a picture too! So funny! I hate food fails, but they definitely happen. This chicken soup is definitely a winner though! It looks so flavorful and delicious!

Andi
9 years ago

It’s ridiculous, isn’t it? I’m glad I gave you a good laugh. I agree that fails happen, but who messes up a cake mix?? Thank you, Cate! xo

Laura O| Petite Allergy Treats
9 years ago

Ha! I’ve had purple finger nails trying to use the rice for another recipe. Great for nutrition but it stains EVERYTHING. Love this easy soup!

Andi
9 years ago

You make the most beautiful naturally colored food that I’m sure you do amazing things with black rice, Laura! xo

Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen
9 years ago

I could eat mexican every day of the week and never get tired! This soup looks so tasty!

Andi
9 years ago

I never get tired of Mexican food either. Thank you, Chandra!

Tonia from TheGunnySack
9 years ago

I definitely have days like that too! Luckily we get a few winners along with the losers to keep us going. This soup sounds perfect!

Andi
9 years ago

Yes, we need the winners to keep our spirits up for sure. Thank you, Tonia!

Beth
9 years ago

I totally want to get black rice now and make purple soup, hehe!!

Andi
9 years ago

I bet you could come up with some seriously fun stuff to make with black rice, Beth!

Phillip
11 years ago

Isn’t everyone in a hurry these days, so any recipe that can be made in 10 minutes is bound to be a hit

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

I know, right!? You can’t go wrong with a 10-minute dinner (or a little longer if you don’t have cooked chicken on hand). Thanks so much for your visit and comment!

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