Soups & Salads

Chili's® Inspired Southwest Chicken Soup

Posted: May 19

Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

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People love Chili's® Southwest Chicken Soup, but why would you slog through the drive-through when you can make it at home? Chili's® Inspired Southwest Chicken Soup has the savory, spicy flavor of the original, loaded with chiles, tender veggies, and shredded meaty chicken. This soup is perfect for warming you up on a cold night and it’s fresher than any fast food. Chili's® Inspired Southwest Chicken Soup comes together in 35 minutes or less, so it’s essentially the home cook equivalent of fast food!


2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 pound chicken breast, boneless and skinless
salt, to taste
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 cup white onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 quart chicken stock
1 teaspoon chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 cup white hominy
1 (15.25 ounce) can corn
4 ounces green chilies, diced
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 tablespoon cilantro
For the optional garnishes:
corn tortilla strips, fried
cheese, of your choice, shredded


Step 1

Add 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil to a large pot or Dutch oven.

Step 2

Place the chicken on a cutting board and season generously with the salt.

Step 3

Cook the chicken in the pot over medium heat until fully cooked, about 6-7 minutes per side.

Step 4

Transfer the chicken to a plate or cutting board, and shred once cooled.

Step 5

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in the same pot.

Step 6

Cook the garlic and onion until tender, about 5 minutes.

Step 7

Add the celery and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Step 8

Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute while gradually adding the chicken stock.

Step 9

Add the chipotle peppers, hominy, corn, green chiles, diced tomatoes, and shredded chicken.

Step 10

Continue to cook until the soup is fully heated through.

Step 11

Add the lime juice and the chopped cilantro.

Step 12

Add the fried tortilla strips and cheese and serve hot.

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