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Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup

Tender chicken in a spicy tomato broth-based soup topped with homemade tortilla strips, fresh avocado, and cilantro. This soup is always a hit!

Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup. The BEST Chicken Tortilla Soup made with tender chicken, Mexican spices, and homemade tortilla strips. www.modernhoney.com

How to make the BEST EVER Chicken Tortilla Soup with homemade tortilla strips. This is perfect for those chilly Fall and Winter nights.  It is hearty, filling, and healthy. This recipe will become a mainstay in your home!

Chicken Tortilla Soup by Modern Honey. The perfect chicken tortilla soup made from scratch.

Chicken Tortilla Soup is serious business.

My kids have been eating it for weeks as I have tested out dozens of variations in search of the PERFECT Chicken Tortilla Soup.

I am happy to report we have a winner!

Chicken Tortilla Soup by Modern Honey. The perfect chicken tortilla soup made from scratch.

As a Mom, who knows that my kids are going to inhale more candy in one Halloween night than they have eaten all year, I make them eat the biggest bowl of soup before they go out Trick or Treating. In our home, we always serve a big pot of homemade chicken soup (classic chicken soup recipe HERE: Mama’s Best Chicken Soup), a big bowl of hearty chili (our favorite recipe HERE: BEST Chili Recipe), or this Chicken Tortilla Soup.  I try to fit their bellies with protein so quite possibly they won’t devour as much candy.

*Wishful thinking.*

Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup. The BEST Chicken Tortilla Soup made with tender chicken, Mexican spices, and homemade tortilla strips. www.modernhoney.com

Here’s the thing. Before my little blog here, I rarely wrote down my recipes. I would just throw in a bunch of ingredients and spices and call it good. Since Modern Honey, I am a changed woman. For the past few weeks, I have been playing around trying to create the perfect chicken tortilla soup recipe.

I am a ridiculous perfectionist in the kitchen! I keep going until I feel I nailed the recipe. Then I get a lot of taste testers to give me their HONEST feedback. They all gave this a solid 10. Success!

Chicken Tortilla Soup by Modern Honey. The perfect chicken tortilla soup made from scratch.

How to make perfect Chicken Tortilla Soup:

A. Tender Chicken. Instead of poaching chicken in water, which can be hit and miss as to whether or not it will come out tough, we saute it with the onions and garlic. It comes out tender every single time. Plus it alleviates a step in the process which is always a win-win!

B. Flavorful Broth.  This isn’t some one-note broth. It’s seasoned with onions, garlic, jalapeno, chili powder, cumin, green chilies, tomatoes, and cilantro. I think you get the point. It has a serious depth of flavor.

C. Homemade Tortilla Strips. Fry those babies up! Man alive, they are the difference makers in this soup because who doesn’t love crispy fried goodness in your tortilla soup? Click HERE for a perfect strainer for fried foods. I have an option for those who steer away from fried foods. You can bake the corn tortillas instead of frying them.  Yes! Place the strips on a sheet pan and drizzle with a small amount of canola oil and salt.  Bake at 375 degrees for 5-10 minutes or until crispy.

D. Toppings. Get that avocado in the bowl. Throw in that cheese! Sour cream? Heck yes! Don’t underestimate the power of garnish.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

By: Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey
Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup is a warm, spicy, comforting bowl of soup.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients  

  • 1-2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 1 Large Onion (diced)
  • 1 Jalapeno (diced)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (minced or 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder)
  • 1 lb. Chicken Breasts or Rotisserie Chicken (cooked, cubed or shredded)
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • (1) 10-ounce can Rotel Tomatoes + Green Chilies
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth

Corn Tortilla Strips:

  • 6-8 Corn Tortillas cut into strips lengthwise
  • 1/2- 3/4 cup Canola Oil
  • Salt

Toppings:

  • 1 Avocado cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup Mexican Cheese or Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream or Mexican Crema
  • Cilantro
  • Lime

Instructions 

  • In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add jalapenos and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add chicken breast. Cook for 7-8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Add salt, pepper, chili powder, and cumin. Stir.
  • In a blender or food processor, puree canned tomatoes and cilantro. Add to pot. Stir in chicken broth and cover. Cook for at least 15-20 minutes on low heat. Taste for seasonings.
  • In large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Once it starts to sizzle, add corn tortilla strips. Using tongs, flip and stir to fry evenly. Fry for 1-2 minutes or until golden and crispy. Remove from oil and place on paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with salt.
  • Ladle soup into bowls. Top with tortilla strips, avocado, and cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 283kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 1455mg, Potassium: 498mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 190IU, Vitamin C: 16.7mg, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 1.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 283
Keyword: chicken tortilla soup
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Chicken Tortilla Soup by Modern Honey. The perfect chicken tortilla soup made from scratch.

One more week until Halloween, so let the festivities begin! It always starts with soup in our fam. What is your favorite Halloween tradition? Have a fabulous Monday, my friends!

Happy Cooking! xo


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  1. I love chicken tortilla soup. I’ve tried a lot of different recipes. This one by far was the easiest and the best I’ve made! So so good! Thank you!

  2. 4 stars
    Omgoodness this is sooo good added corn and black beans just my family’s preference but didn’t change a thing I’ve been looking for a new cts recipe, was thinking of making it in the slow cooker next time do you think it would taste the same ??

  3. Hi, looking forward to trying this tonight! Clarifying question: is the chicken supposed to be raw? You mention I can use either rotisserie chicken or 1 lb of chicken breast. Rotisserie chicken is already cooked, but the steps say to sauté the chicken until it is no longer pink.

  4. You said blender the tomatoes and the other stuff , but your recipe has no tomatoes on it just the rotel is that what you meant ? You do not have canned tomatoes on the recipe. Making it now just wondering. Thanks girl . I do have the sour cream, cilantro and Mexican cheese and avocado and crispy tortilla strips ready for toppings lol .

    1. Hi Jeannie! Great question! The tomatoes listed are the canned ROTEL tomatoes so you are right. You can substitute finely diced or crushed tomatoes if you don’t have Rotel but I do like the green chilies in the Rotel canned tomatoes. I hope that helps and I hope you LOVE the soup! — Melissa

  5. 5 stars
    Modern Honey,

    I stumbled across your recipe last winter and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT; my entire family licked bowls! I could NOT for the life of me find your recipe to make it again but after numerous google search attempts finally found it again TODAY! Despite the heat in California, I will be making another pot tonight 😀

    I just wanted to take time to thank you for sharing your amazing recipe.

  6. I am excited to try this! I love to make and compare recipes and taste and Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my very favorite! Thank you!

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Debbie! You are my kind of girl — making, testing out, and comparing recipes. It is way too much fun, right? I hope that you love the chicken tortilla soup. Have a great day!