Lime Chili Chicken Soup – for a chilly spring day


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We had a cold and rainy start to the week here in New England, which reminded us for a moment that it is not, in fact, summer yet (though the recent weather patterns had us lulled into thinking so…). Besides crawling back in bed with a stack of magazines and a hot cup of coffee, my other instinct is to make soup.

While I will eat soup of all kinds at all points in the year, many of us crave lighter things as the days get longer so this soup, my version of chicken tortilla soup, is both light, and alarmingly easy to make. It is perfect on it's own or served with tortilla chips, (I like a tiny dollop of sour cream and some Cholula's hot sauce) and is wonderful re-heated.

Chili Lime Chicken Soup:

You will need:

2 tbs. olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped (I stick mine in the food processor and really let it have it… it ends up more part of the broth than chunks)

Meat from 1 rotisserie chicken (yes, all of it), or roughly 4 chicken breasts cooked and chopped small

3 canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, finely chopped, plus 2 tablespoons adobo sauce

7 cups chicken broth

Juice of 2 fresh limes

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Salt and pepper

Avocado (1/4 or 1/2 per person)

Serves 6


1.) In a large saucepan, on medium heat, saute the onion in the olive oil until it begins to brown. (5-7mins)

2.) Add the cooked chicken and stir in until well incorporated.

3.) Stir in the chopped chilies and adobo sauce and let cook, stirring occasionally for 3-5 mins.

4.) Add the chicken broth, lower the heat and simmer for 15-20 mins.

5.) Stir in the lime juice and cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste.

6.) When serving, slice a portion of avocado into cubes and put in bowl, ladle soup over it, top with tortilla chips or sour cream or whatever makes your heart sing.


Yum! I hope you enjoy this!

A reminder:

I will be in Wayne, PA at the Blue Horse Boutique on Saturday May 5th for a signing and a little fun! If you are in the Philadelphia area, I would LOVE to see you! Stop by and say hello and enter to win a canvas (yes! they are giving one away!!) For more info check out their website.

Let me know if you are planning on coming!



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