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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Welcome to MacroEd’s SECOND most popular recipe in the history of ever (running right behind our Pizza Chicken, both with tens of thousands of Pinterest re-pins).  This healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup tastes amazing, has great macros, freezes well, feeds a crowd, AND can be made in the InstantPot.  What more could you ask for?  😉

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Soup is perfect any time of day, any season. But it is especially amazing when it is cold outside or you just want some comfort food. 

Now, usually comfort food comes at a cost nutritionally. But not this soup! It has so many zesty flavors and ingredients that warm up your soul and make your taste buds dance in joy. 

There are two ways to make this soup – in the Instant Pot or on your stove. I’ve included instructions for both. 

How to Make Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot

If you follow these instructions, you will have hot soup in just 30 minutes. We are crazy about our Instant Pot. Home cooked meals in less time than it takes to run to the fast food place. 

  1. Add all the ingredients to the pot.
  2. Close the lid and set the top valve to “seal.”
  3. Program for “Soup” or Manual High 30 minutes.
  4. QR (quick release pressure when time ends).
  5. Remove chicken to shred then return it to pot.

Serve and enjoy! 

Stovetop Directions

Don’t have an Instant Pot? Why not? It makes dinner prep a breeze! 

It’s all good though. If you want to make this on the stove, here are the steps. 

  1. Add ALL the things to a large soup pot.
  2. Cook until chicken is cooked through (juices run clear, meat no longer pink) and veggies are tender.
  3. Remove chicken to shred then return it to pot.

Skinless boneless chicken breasts take about 35 minutes to completely cook. Don’t just trust that time, though. Look and make sure it is cooked before shredding it. 

How to Freeze The Soup

This soup is perfect to freeze and eat later. To freeze it, cool the soup completely. Then, put it in a gallon-sized freezer bag. Make sure it is completely sealed. Then place it in the freezer flat. If it helps, you can place a metal tray underneath it. 

Don’t forget to label it! Put the name of the soup on it and the day you froze it. Soups can last about 3 months in the freezer. 

How to Thaw Frozen Soup Correctly

The best way is to put the frozen soup in the refrigerator for two days before you eat it. But if you are pressed for time, you can always put it in a bowl of warm water. 

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Here’s the recipe! Happy cooking! 

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Yield: 7

Ingredients

  • 950 g boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can (10 oz) enchilada sauce
  • 1 can (10 oz) corn
  • 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes (I used no salt added), with juice
  • 1 can (10 oz) dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced green chiles
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 dry ranch packet (I used homemade)
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 100 g diced onion
  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 c salsa (I used World Table Salsa Verde)
  • water (to desired consistency; I used about 2 cups)

Instructions

InstantPot

  1. Add ALL the things.
  2. Close lid and set top valve to "seal."
  3. Program for "Soup" or Manual High 30 minutes.
  4. QR (quick release pressure when time ends).
  5. Remove chicken to shred then return it to pot.

Stovetop

  1. Add ALL the things to a large soup pot.
  2. Cook until chicken is cooked through (juices run clear, meat no longer pink) and veggies are tender.
  3. Remove chicken to shred then return it to pot.
  4. Serve with any combination of: plain greek yogurt (as sour cream substitute), shredded cheese, guacamole, pork rinds, or tortilla chips.

Notes

Feel free to use my macro math in MFP: MacroEd Chicken Tortilla Soup

Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: approx 1 C
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 306 Total Fat: 6g Carbohydrates: 31g Protein: 32g

If you like this recipe, we think you’ll LOVE the recipes in our soup ebooks!

Gluten Free:  Check your seasonings and salsa, but yes, it should be.
Vegetarian:  Honestly, I think this soup would be awesome without the chicken, so I’m gonna say “yes, if you omit the chicken and bouillon.”  I don’t feel that way about many meat-based recipes, but this one has so much flavor and other fun stuff going on, I can’t swear that you’d miss the chicken.

All the best,

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