Salsa Verde Chicken Soup 


Supermarket staples come together to make this deeply flavored chicken soup. 

Hands On Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins

Salsa verde is a type of salsa, but its star ingredient is tomatillos. Unlike tomatoes, which are red and sweet, tomatillos are green and tart—which makes for a tangier, zestier salsa. So imagine the flavor boost that results when you add this ingredient to chicken soup!

This recipe for salsa verde chicken soup also features fresh cilantro, pinto beans, and hominy. A delicious, hearty meal on its own, it gets extra oomph when topped with chopped avocado, shredded cheese, or tortilla chips. If you love this soup, you might also want to try salsa verde chicken tacos.


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-in. pieces

  • 1 cup chopped white onion (from 1 onion)

  • 3 cups unsalted chicken broth

  • 1 15-oz. can no-salt-added pinto beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 15-oz. can white hominy, drained and rinsed

  • 1 cup jarred salsa verde

  • .50 chopped fresh cilantro, divided

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)

  • 1 avocado, chopped

  • crushed tortilla chips, for serving (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Add chicken and onion; cook, stirring often, until chicken is cooked through, beginning to brown slightly, and juices have mostly evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. Stir in broth, beans, hominy, and salsa verde. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high.

  3. Reduce heat to medium and cook until hot, about 5 minutes.

  4. Stir in ¼ cup chopped cilantro and lime juice. Serve in bowls topped with avocado, remaining ¼ cup cilantro, and, if desired, tortilla chips.

    Salsa verde chicken soup
    Victor Protasio

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

449 Calories
18g Fat
42g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 449
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 898mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 33g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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