Green Chile Chicken Soup is flavorful and hearty – packed with veggies, beans, and chicken, it is the perfect thing to whip up for a quick and satisfying fall dinner.
It is officially soup season, and I am so excited about it! One of my absolute favorite things to make on fall weekends is a big pot of soup. This Green Chile Chicken Soup is the first soup I made this fall, and we absolutely loved it. It is so flavorful and is packed with tons of veggies, chicken, and beans – filling, healthy, and delicious.
And today is Mystery Dish day! Our host this month is Zainab from Blahnik Baker. She was one of the first friends I made in the blog world and she is just the best – if you haven’t seen her blog I definitely recommend it. You will love her and all of her delicious baked goods!
For some reason, I had a hard time with this month’s ingredients. The list was:
Green tea or matcha powder
Prickly pear cactus
and we had to use 3. I was feeling so un-creative, but then at the last minute was inspired by Green Chiles and decided to make green chile chicken soup. And in the end, I used FOUR ingredients – green chiles, pinto beans, cardamom, and feta.
This soup is so easy to make and is full of tons of healthy ingredients – onions, carrots, celery, chicken breast, pinto beans, tomatoes and of course green chiles. It is packed with flavor and nutrition. I served it topped with fresh lime juice, which brightens up all the flavors. Then I garnished with chopped cilantro and some feta cheese. The southwestern / Mexican flavors in this soup are delicious, and it is the perfect fall dinner!
Green Chile Chicken Soup is flavorful and hearty - packed with veggies, beans, and chicken, it is the perfect thing to whip up for a quick and satisfying fall dinner.
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2-3 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 3 cardamom pods
- dash cayenne
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 (4oz) cans diced green chiles
- 1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 (15 oz) can pinto bean, drained and rinsed
- 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium high heat. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and add to pot. Cook about 5 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through. Remove chicken to a plate.
- Turn heat down to medium and add 1 - 2 tablespoons more oil (depending on how much oil is left after cooking chicken). Add the onion and cook until starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the carrot and celery and cook 5 - 7 minutes until onions are browned and vegetables are starting to soften, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, chile powder, cumin, cardamom, and cayenne and stir constantly for a minute. Stir in salt and pepper.
- Add tomatoes and chiles and cook for 3 minutes.
- Add broth and water and bring mixture to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- In the meantime, shred or dice the chicken.
- Puree half the beans in a food processor with a splash of stock or water.
- Stir pureed beans into soup. Then add cooked chicken and beans to the pot. Cook for about 5 more minutes. Discard cardamom pods.
- Serve soup with fresh lime juice squeezed on top. Garnish with cilantro and feta.
Can substitute any kind of bean for the Pinto beans. Can also garnish with cotija or cheddar cheese.
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Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron says
I love these posts!! They are so fun! And your soup looks absolutely delicious Cate! That is a tough list, but you totally rocked it! Pinned 🙂
Aw, Thanks Chelsea! It is always fun to have a challenge in the kitchen!
sarah k @ the pajama chef says
oh yum! great choice this month. i almost went in a mexican direction but chose asian-ish instead 🙂
I was totally debating between Mexican and Asian! Or fall, with something apple. Mexican won 🙂 Thanks, Sarah!
Marissa | Pinch and Swirl says
Horray for soup season! And this one looks amazing – love all of the spices and chunky veggies!
Karen @ The Food Charlatan says
This sounds delicious Cate! Love the cardamom in there! I need to put my big girl pants on and start using pods.
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
This soup sounds delicious! So happy soup season is here. My husband loves green chilies. If I made this for him he would be a very happy guy!
Zainab @ Blahnik baker says
I’m a huge fan of soup as well so this is going to so happen. Especially so that it’s spicy! I love how you used the ingredients here!!
I’m so excited that it’s soup season…I mean I eat it all year, but it’s best in the cold months! I love these flavors and ingredients here. 🙂
Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour says
I love all of the ingredients you used here..it was definitely a tough list but I love what you came up with!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout says
Mexican is my absolute favorite, and this soup looks sublime 🙂
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
I could eat soup any day of the year, even when it’s 90 degrees out! But especially when the weather gets cooler, I always crave it. This green chile soup sounds so flavorful, Cate! Perfect for this time of year!
peter @feedyoursoultoo says
Green chilis make everything better. Everyone thinks they are hot. They add a little sweetness I believe. Your soup is the perfect idea for our Chicago weather right now.
Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says
I’m really excited for soup season too – it seems like the possibilities are endless. Great job on using 4 mystery ingredients! This soup looks fantastic!
Mary Frances says
Ooh, I really like the cardamom in this soup! That definitely makes this stand out, as if I needed any more reason to love green chile chicken soup. It’s a staple comfort food in the fall! Great recipe Cate!