A healthy and delicious chicken soup for quick weeknight dinners. So good, you’d never guess it takes fewer than 10 minutes to make.
Would you look at that? Baking Mischief is officially two months old! How time flies.
Last month we did a January salad series, and that worked out so well I figure we will keep up the themed months, at least until it stops being fun. Coming into cold and chilly February, I thought, what better than a month of soups? So every week until March we’ll have a new soup or stew or chowder, starting with, drum roll please… the World’s Easiest Chicken Taco Soup.
If you drew a graph where x was hard to easy and y was ick to delicious, this soup would hanging pretty in that top right hand corner (something gross and hard to make would be down in the bottom left). Does that make sense? I always trot out that graph metaphor when I describe this soup to people and am usually met with blank stares, but I can’t help it. I feel like I need graphics to explain just how easy and amazing this soup is! To make it, you literally open a few cans, toss in some chicken, heat and eat. It might just be magic.
And lest you hear canned food and think this soup must be packed full of salt and high in calories, think again! Make sure your chicken broth and beans are low-sodium, and you are good. Even with a healthy dollop of sour cream and handful of cheese, this soup still comes in at under 400 calories. You can’t complain about that!
This is my go-to soup for crazy week nights and potlucks when I know time is going to be tight. It’s a total crowd-pleaser and you cannot imagine how many people ask for this recipe and are shocked when they hear how simple it is. Seriously, give it a try. You won’t regret it.
- Breast meat from a rotisserie chicken (about 12oz), shredded*
- 4 cups (2 14oz cans) low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 can (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (8.75oz) can corn, drained
- 1 (10oz) can green enchilada sauce
- 1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
- 4-6 tablespoons sour cream
- 1-1 1/2 cup (4-6oz) sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- Green onions (optional)
- Fritos or tortilla chips, crushed (optional)
- Dump everything together in a large pot.
- Mix in cheese and sour cream.
*If you don't feel like going out to the store to pick up a rotisserie chicken, you can cook a couple of breasts in the slow cooker, sprinkled with taco seasoning and salt and pepper, or in the oven for about 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees F. The texture will be slightly different but the soup will still be delicious.
Recipe adapted from: AllRecipes
Make-ahead Instructions: Chicken can be shredded, and stored in an air-tight container up to 24 hours in advance.
Freezer Instructions: This soup freezes well and will keep in the freezer for up to four months. I like to freeze soups in individual servings, in quart bags laid flat on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, they can be easily stacked to save space. Defrost in the refrigerator.