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Green Enchilada Chicken Soup

Creamy and savory, zesty but not spicy, and so easy to make.

Maybe the best thing about soup is that it’s just so cozy. And this particular Green Enchilada Chicken Soup, though it tastes a little bit creamy and indulgent, is the kind that warms you right up without weighing you down. It’s quick to put together – it’ll take you less than thirty minutes – but the flavor is so well balanced, with savory broth, cream cheese, sweet strips of corn tortillas, and zesty green chiles all working together.

One great thing about this soup is that you’re cooking the chicken in the broth, so you don’t have to worry about cooking chicken separately or waiting until you happen to have leftover rotisserie. You just sauté some onions before stirring in some chicken broth and then letting some chicken breasts bubble away in the liquid until they’re nice and shreddable.

From there, you build the zesty green enchilada flavor, which is thanks to (you might have guessed the first one) green enchilada sauce, salsa verde, and cumin. There’s also some Monterey Jack and cream cheese that you stir in, and they give this a wonderful velvety texture. (And a little creaminess never hurts.)

Strips of corn tortilla get stirred in last, so they soften but don’t go mushy on you. They make this a little more filling and add a nice chew – it’s a soup you can definitely make a meal out of. It’s a truly delicious soup, creamy and savory, and zesty but not spicy… so delicious that it’s hard to believe it’s so quick to put together!

Serves 6

5m prep time

20m cook time

Rated 4.6 out of 5
Rated by 73 reviewers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (28 oz) can green enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • 2-4 corn tortillas, halved and cut into strips
  • Fresh cilantro, for serving.
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft and translucent, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.
  2. Add chicken breasts and broth and bring to a simmer. Cook until chicken can be easily shredded with a fork. Remove chicken and shred.
  3. Return chicken to pot, along with enchilada sauce, cumin, heavy cream, cream cheese, salsa verde, and Monterey Jack. Cook, stirring often, until cheese has melted.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper, stir in tortilla strips, serve with cilantro, and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Seeking Good Eats.

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