Southwestern Chicken Soup


In 20 minutes, this Southwestern-inspired dish goes from the stovetop to the dinner table.

Southwestern Chicken Soup
Photo: Alexandra Rowley
Hands On Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 serves

The next time you need help deciding what to make for dinner on a busy weekday evening, try this southwestern-inspired chicken soup. This dish goes from start to finish in under 20 minutes.

It's as simple as it is delicious, starting with a jar of salsa (or substituting homemade salsa if you prefer). After combining the ingredients and simmering, customize the soup with whatever toppings you want, including onions, sour cream, tortilla chips, green onions, or frozen corn.


  • 1 12-ounce jar salsa verde

  • 3 cups cooked chicken pieces (1 small deli-counter rotisserie chicken or leftovers)

  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained

  • 3 cups chicken broth

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)

  • 2 green onions, chopped

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • tortilla chips (optional)


  1. Empty the salsa into a large saucepan. Cook for 2 minutes over medium-high heat, then add the chicken, beans, broth, and cumin (if desired). Bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Top each bowl with a sprinkling of onions, a dollop of sour cream, and some tortilla chips (if desired). For a soupier dish, use 4 cups of broth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

381 Calories
13g Fat
27g Carbs
35mg Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 381
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 668mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Protein 35g
Calcium 124mg 10%
Iron 4mg 22%

*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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