Chicken Avocado Lime Soup

07.25.2014

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Even though it’s summer I’m still eating soup like crazy. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I’m not outside a lot, rather sitting in a nice and cool home. I’m seriously so grateful for air conditioning! I can’t imagine life without it. When I used to live in Arizona I’d hear people talk about how they grew up without air conditioning, in 110 degree+ weather! I’m sure I wouldn’t be eating hot soup in that. I’d be living at Bahama Bucks (the best snow cone place known to man, how I miss it.) and Cold Stone.

This soup is definitely a new favorite for me. It’s basically just avocado amped up tortilla soup. It is seriously loaded with avocado, as in about 1/2 an avocado per serving of soup. I love tortilla soup and lately I’m obsessed with avocados so this is just meant to be. If you want to keep this soup healthy then just omit the optional toppings, which I think that’s the way it’s intended to be but sometimes I just can’t resist. Like, ever. I see true healthy eating in my future…maybe. Life is too short not to enjoy good food, just all things in moderation right?

Enjoy!

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Chicken Avocado Lime Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: About 6 servings

Chicken Avocado Lime Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts*
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped green onions (including whites, mince the whites)
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and minced (leave seeds if you want soup spicy, omit if you don't like heat)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 3 medium avocados, peeled, cored and diced
  • Tortilla chips, monterrey jack cheese, sour cream for serving (optional)

Directions

  • In a large pot heat 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add green onions and jalapenos and saute until tender, about 2 minutes, adding garlic during last 30 seconds of sauteing. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, cumin, season with salt and pepper to taste and add chicken breasts. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Then reduce heat to medium, cover with lid and allow to cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken has cooked through 10 - 15 minutes (cook time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts). Reduce burner to warm heat, remove chicken from pan and let rest on a cutting board 5 minutes, then shred chicken and return to soup. Stir in cilantro and lime juice. Add avocados to soup just before serving (if you don't plan on serving the soup right away, I would recommend adding the avocados to each bowl individually, about 1/2 an avocado per serving). Serve with tortilla chips, cheese and sour cream if desired.
  • *For thicker chicken breasts, cut breasts in half through the length (thickness) of the breasts, they will cook faster and more evenly.
  • Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Mama Miss
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/07/chicken-avocado-lime-soup/

105 comments

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I don’t have a/c! And you know what, I still eat soup in the summer. Just had some this week :) I do get a little toasty afterward though. LOL

    Your soup looks awesome and so healthy! Love the avocado in it! Pinned July 25, 2014 at 11:30am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I feel for you, but at least you are in beautiful California so that’s gotta make up for it right :), I think I might just trade for that. Thanks for pinning Averie! July 25, 2014 at 1:26pm Reply

  • sue/the view from great island: I’m sitting in an un-air conditioned room right now and STILL craving this soup! July 25, 2014 at 12:00pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): I love these flavors, I could eat this soup anytime of year! July 25, 2014 at 1:37pm Reply

  • Kiley- Rooks to Cooks: YUM! Tortilla soup is one of my favorites, and the summer time is one of the best times to enjoy avocado. I love this combination of avocado, soup, and homemade goodness! July 25, 2014 at 2:10pm Reply

  • Paola Avila: This is a very common soup in Costa Rica, we are in summer and we are not used to have a/c, so we have to deal with the hot after the soup haha, your pictures like always super bright and gorgeous make me want a soup right now! :D July 25, 2014 at 3:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliment Paola :)! August 13, 2014 at 8:58pm Reply

  • amanda @ fake ginger: I about fainted when we moved to Colorado and started hearing that a good portion of the state doesn’t have a/c. I can’t imagine! But I’m with you, if I’m in the air, I can eat soup all year long. This looks delicious! July 25, 2014 at 9:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Seriously, a good portion of the state? I can’t imagine either! July 26, 2014 at 8:24am Reply

      • Janet: for my kids i substitute the jalapeno and put celery. i also added really little onions lol they didnt even realize it and ate it. thanks coming from a mom with picky eaters September 24, 2014 at 7:45pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: Great substitutions, I’m so glad it was enjoyed! Thanks for leaving a review Janet! September 24, 2014 at 9:36pm Reply

  • Medeja: Ingredients unusual for the soup :) but this soup looks lovely and it sounds like the flavor is also nice.. :) July 25, 2014 at 10:44pm Reply

  • Kim: Good old Bucks. I would sure love one of those. Yes they are the best especially with the cream. Yummy! July 26, 2014 at 2:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The cream is a must :)! I never cared for shaved ice until I tried theirs with a perfect texture like that and cream drizzled into it. So good! July 26, 2014 at 10:42pm Reply

  • Cathy: OMG Jaclyn,
    I just made this soup and it is the best I’ve ever had! Absolutely the perfect amount of jalapeno
    and lime. I love it and I can’t wait to share. Nice and easy too. I never eat soup in summer but this has changed my mind. Thanks again! July 27, 2014 at 1:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you liked it Cathy! Thanks so much for your feedback! July 27, 2014 at 6:59pm Reply

  • Gisela: *Wiping the drool off of my face!* Question (and forgive my cooking ignorance) but does the chicken go in raw? It looks shredded in the picture. (Glorious picture btw!) July 27, 2014 at 8:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes it goes in raw, I like to do it that way with soups most of the time because it saves a step in cooking it some other way, and a pan :). I hope you try it and love it Gisela! July 27, 2014 at 9:27pm Reply

  • Anna | One Prcickly Pear: I love eating soup in the summer too – even if it’s hot. My back can get sweaty all it wants, but I have to have my soup fix. Love the recipe! Pinned :) August 1, 2014 at 11:25am Reply

  • Carressa: Made this tonight and my boyfriend and I loved it! We added a little bit more garlic and lime because we love those ingredients but everything was perfect! The avocado also did not make you miss the pasta or rice most people would add in a soup. Served with shredded cheese and sour cream and multigrain tortilla chips.. Thank you! August 1, 2014 at 7:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you both loved it Carressa! August 21, 2014 at 12:11am Reply

  • dymphie: Really loved it! It tasted great… spicy but I like that… thanks for sharing! August 5, 2014 at 3:51pm Reply

  • Erica Layne: Made this tonight, and it was delicious! Froze half (minus the avocado) for later. Thank you! August 8, 2014 at 10:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your review Erica! I’m so happy to hear you liked it! August 9, 2014 at 11:14am Reply

  • Kelly: Made this tonight. … yummy amd soooo easy!!! August 11, 2014 at 8:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you liked it and found it to be easy to! Thanks Kelly! August 13, 2014 at 8:55pm Reply

  • Sara: I, too, eat soup in the summer! I can’t wait to try this, even if it’s supposed to get up to 98 degrees by the end of the week. This recipe reminds me of another soup recipe that I made earlier this summer that was wonderful, light, and refreshing as well – it had chicken, veggies, lemon, fresh basil and quinoa in it. August 20, 2014 at 5:24pm Reply

  • Laura: I love this soup! I make it every week no lie, the only two changes I make is more lime juice (4 limes) and I add tomato sauce. The tomato sauce gives it more flavor try it with it next time, this recipe is a winner! August 21, 2014 at 9:59am Reply

  • Kevin | keviniscooking: Jaclyn this looks so damn good right now. I’m hungry, but still, perfecto! Got a crazy amount of avocados in the house and I like that you put a lot of jalapeños in, too. Spicier the better! September 1, 2014 at 10:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I couldn’t agree more – but my family doesn’t like spicy so much so hot sauce is like my best friend :). September 1, 2014 at 5:21pm Reply

  • Chicken Avocado Lime Soup – Lovin' From The Oven: […] I chopped up my chicken prior to throwing them in the pot to cook, but I think shredding them would have been better. Either way, it doesn’t matter. Recipe from Cooking Classy. […] September 4, 2014 at 10:22pm Reply

    • Janet: yes shredding is way easier.

      the first time i did it i cut it into small pieces.

      the second time i just did as instructed and its way faster and in the long run easier for my 1 year old to eat September 24, 2014 at 7:47pm Reply

  • kelly: I made this for dinner tonight its good, just next time maybe less hotness and less lime…Not sure I’ll make it again.. September 12, 2014 at 4:54pm Reply

  • Taryn: Any recommendations for turning this into a crockpot soup? September 16, 2014 at 3:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I would add everything up to salt and pepper to the slow cooker then cook on low probably like 6 – 7 hours then shred chicken & add remaining ingredients. Hope you love it! October 6, 2014 at 1:19pm Reply

  • Claire: I made this tonight for dinner. My husband took one bite and announced we had to make it every week!! Thanks for an easy, quick and super delicious recipe! September 17, 2014 at 6:47pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So great to hear Claire! September 29, 2014 at 2:29pm Reply

  • Tracy: Best soup I have ever had. Thank you for sharing. September 19, 2014 at 8:47pm Reply

  • Jennifer: This looks amazing!! I’m wondering..what can you serve this with?? We usually have some type of bread with our soups…but I’m not sure that would go well with this particular soup… September 20, 2014 at 2:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I just served it with tortilla chips since it’s a rather filling soup on it’s own but if you wanted something more you could do cheese quesadillas. October 15, 2014 at 10:38pm Reply

  • cece: Tried it and loved it. If you don’t want it so spicy only use one jalapeño and maybe a tiny bit less lime. Personally I love the spicy with lime so this recipe was perfect for me :) September 23, 2014 at 9:27pm Reply

  • Nicole: I made this soup last night for my boyfriend, and we very much enjoyed it. So simple and still so much flavor. I added some brown rice to our bowls and crushed some tortilla chips on top, delicious. Will definitely make this one again. September 24, 2014 at 1:28pm Reply

  • Jerri: I love the idea of this soup except for the cilantro…is there any alternative to this? Cilantro is not a favourite in my household. September 24, 2014 at 3:40pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I can’t really think of another herb I’d love in this soup, parsley would probably be my next option but I wouldn’t use a lot. October 21, 2014 at 7:14pm Reply

    • Dee: I had a bit of fresh spinach in the fridge that I needed to use so I chopped that up & threw it in. Didn’t really add much flavor but it looked kinda like cilantro. :) April 12, 2015 at 6:24pm Reply

  • Donna: this was awesome!!! I added some organic corn and low sodium black beans. September 30, 2014 at 5:45pm Reply

  • Sally Hessenius: I adore soup no matter what the temperature is outside. Made this tonight and just loved the flavor of the broth. Next time I might use some shrimp. Yum And yes, I too cut the chicken before cooking. It will just be even better next time. October 1, 2014 at 6:03pm Reply

  • Joanne: Made this last night and it was SO GOOD! Will definitely be making it again. Thanks for sharing! October 5, 2014 at 2:30pm Reply

  • Amy: This was awesome! We had French bread with it too and it was great. Thanks! October 14, 2014 at 8:34am Reply

  • LeighAnn: For a family of 3, I would need to triple this recipe! It was clearly not enough when I added the broth! There is no way this can serve 6! But it was very delicious! November 5, 2014 at 5:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yeah sorry I always just guess based off what my family eats so I know the servings could vary. November 5, 2014 at 9:54pm Reply

  • Héctor: Actually, seeds make no difference in the spiciness of the soup; the seeds contain zero capsaicin, which is the chemical compound the gives the spicy/hot characteristic to any kind of pepper or chile, if you want it less spicy, is the vains what should be removed from any pepper. December 8, 2014 at 4:07pm Reply

  • patricia: Just made this for first time and it is delicious! Honestly!! Allergic to tomatoes so I substitute with roasted red peppers. It’s amazing! January 12, 2015 at 9:45pm Reply

  • Crystal: How many calories in a serving and what is the serving size? January 13, 2015 at 12:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t have nutritional info for my recipes. And as far as serving size goes I base it off give or take about what my family eats. January 13, 2015 at 9:34pm Reply

    • Patti: Without “toppings”, each serving is 340 calories. January 25, 2016 at 2:02pm Reply

  • Candy: i know this is a silly question but do you cook the chicken before putting it into the broth or do you put the chicken in the broth raw..and cook it that way? January 19, 2015 at 9:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Add the chicken in raw. Hope you love it! February 5, 2015 at 6:44pm Reply

  • Candy: Do you put the jalapeño in whole or slice them up then throw them in? January 19, 2015 at 10:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Mince them up first, sorry if the photo threw you off :). February 5, 2015 at 6:44pm Reply

  • Chris: Is it possible to cook this in a crockpot? maybe saute veggies in the beginning and add all to pot? February 2, 2015 at 7:16pm Reply

    • Chris: I’m just wondering if that might enhance flavors or ruin anything.. haha February 2, 2015 at 7:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That should be fine then just add avocado and other ingredients listed at the end. Hope you love it! February 2, 2015 at 9:44pm Reply

  • Chicken Avocado Lime Soup | Kara Evonne: […] few nights ago, we tried Cooking Classy’s Chicken Avocado Lime Soup, and it was delicious!  It’s perfect for cold winter nights at home (and pairs perfectly […] February 4, 2015 at 6:13am Reply

  • Kelly Cumpian: Husband I are making this right now and it smells wonderful. I’ll keep ya posted. February 25, 2015 at 5:54pm Reply

  • Lori Bernard: This soup was amazing. The way you cooked the chicken in the soup was so easy! I am looking for quick healthy recipes that pack a lot of protein, and this one was perfect. February 26, 2015 at 2:50pm Reply

  • Angela W: I made this for dinner last night and the whole family loved it. We had left overs so I brought some with me to work for lunch, and everyone in the office was asking about it!! March 13, 2015 at 11:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you liked it Angela! Thanks for your feedback! March 13, 2015 at 3:13pm Reply

      • William: Should the avocados be hard or soft for this recipe March 28, 2015 at 4:51pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: Definitely not hard because they wouldn’t be ripe but you don’t want them soft and squishy either or it will be like guacamole in the soup. A happy medium, ripe but semi-soft if that makes sense :). March 28, 2015 at 6:31pm Reply

  • Theresa: Hi!! I made this soup last night it was amazing!!! But how many calories do you think this soup has?

    Thanks again! Everyone in my house loved it! March 30, 2015 at 5:08am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t have nutritional info for my recipes! I’m so glad everyone loved it though! April 20, 2015 at 12:08pm Reply

  • Linda g: Sounds great! April 4, 2015 at 3:53pm Reply

  • Christie Wheeler: I found this recipe on pintrest yesterday. I made it today for my bible study group! Omg! It is Sooo delicious and full of flavor. Picky eaters are also enjoying it! Thanks For Pinning this. June 17, 2015 at 4:17pm Reply

  • Michelle: I made this soup today and it is awesome. :-) July 12, 2015 at 5:03pm Reply

  • Linda: Hi Jaclyn, wanted you to know that I made this soup last night and it is the best broth-based tortilla soups I’ve ever had. I couldn’t stop sipping on it throughout the day. I’m freezing some for my mom. She’ll love it. Thank you so much for this! August 10, 2015 at 8:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed this soup Linda! Thanks for your feedback! August 12, 2015 at 5:33pm Reply

  • Joanne: do I add the chicken in raw?? August 12, 2015 at 3:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes, just make sure it cooks though before shredding. August 12, 2015 at 4:52pm Reply

  • Jessie: I made this last night, and it was so easy and tasty! The only change I made was adding a healthy sprinkling of cayenne – I tend to like my food spicy. :) Thanks for the great recipe! It’s grey and damp up here in the Pacific NW today, so I’m looking forward to eating leftover soup tonight! August 20, 2015 at 4:44pm Reply

  • Jo: I’m going to try this week, but I’ll double recipe and cook in a crockpot. Can’t wait!!! ;) September 1, 2015 at 9:12am Reply

  • Dollie: I just made this soup today and my family and I LOVED IT! Everyone had second, good thing I doubled the recipe😊 September 15, 2015 at 6:36pm Reply

  • Jodie Ochs: I made this soup tonight for dinner and my whole family, including my 2 and 3 year old loved it! I will be adding this to our rotating menu. Btw, I’m in Austin and it was 94! The soup was great in the air conditioning ☺️. September 16, 2015 at 9:05pm Reply

  • randi: Do you think I could make this with rotisserie chicken (already cooked) or would it not get all the flavors from the chicken cooking in the soup? September 21, 2015 at 3:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think that should work great too. The chicken breasts don’t flavor the broth a whole lot since they don’t have bones, skin and fat so the rotisserie should be fine. You could peel the chicken off then add whats left to the soup to simmer if you want to add more flavor. I hope you love it! September 21, 2015 at 5:35pm Reply

      • Beckie: Should I shorten the cooking time if using a cooked rotisserie chicken? Looking forward to making this tonight! October 20, 2015 at 9:58am Reply

        • Jaclyn: I’d still let the broth and other ingredients simmer for about 10 minutes to soften the tomatoes and pepper then add the chicken in at the end. I hope you love it! October 20, 2015 at 11:02am Reply

          • Beckie: Thanks for the advice. It turned out great! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes. October 21, 2015 at 12:29am

  • Kelly: If I leave the avocado out, do you think this soup would hold up in the freezer as something I could make ahead and defrost when ready to eat? September 30, 2015 at 11:23am Reply

  • Kayleen: I have never left a comment on a recipe before. But this…this requires a comment. SOOOOOOO GOOD! We added Greek yogurt and I wanted thirds! Thank you for a healthy soup recipe that tasted like an unhealthy recipe!!! October 5, 2015 at 8:47pm Reply

  • Alicia: I made this last night and it was superb!!! October 20, 2015 at 12:03pm Reply

  • Molly: could you possibly add rice to make a chicken noodle ish soup? October 20, 2015 at 12:18pm Reply

  • Laura: Made this soup last night and it was awesome. Lots of chopping and I should have made the chicken pieces smaller but it was a great dinner for me. I made the full recipe and I have lunch for today plus two more servings in the freezer for later. October 20, 2015 at 12:54pm Reply

  • LisaD: Absolutely delicious!! I can’t wait to have it again for lunch tomorrow!! November 10, 2015 at 12:50pm Reply

  • Molly McInturff: I’m 12 and love to cook. I made this for lunch the other day and it was delicious definitely making it over thanksgiving November 18, 2015 at 11:06am Reply

  • Peprich: I’d never heard of chicken avocado lime soup until I saw it on your website. I make soup every week during winter months. I had avocados ready for use, so I tried this soup. As suggested by others, I added a can of black beans. We enjoyed the soup and will definitely make it again. It was easy and quick – so that works for me. November 28, 2015 at 11:14am Reply

  • Jenn: OMG this soup is to die for ! One of my co-workers found this recipe and made it , one of my other co-workers tried it and loved it .She made some over the weekend and brought in for me to try today. I just printed out the recipe and will make it this week for the boyfriend and my 4 year old. November 30, 2015 at 8:41pm Reply

  • Meredith: Made this tonight and everyone loves it, even the kids. Thanks for the great recipe! January 7, 2016 at 5:53pm Reply

  • mandy cat: Leave off the chips and this is a low carb delight – sour cream, cheese and all.

    When we moved from Atlanta to Denver, we were perplexed by real estate ads that mentioned “Has air conditioning!!!” In the South, this is like bragging “Has running water!!!” January 27, 2016 at 3:19am Reply

  • Naya: Can this be made in a slow cooker? January 27, 2016 at 6:23pm Reply

  • Elise Williams- MyPoachedEgg: Oh my goodness! I just love this soup! It absolutely perfect… I just added basmati rice to it! January 31, 2016 at 9:18am Reply

  • Amanda s: This is my favorite soup to make! Even my husband asks for it. I make a huge thing of it and eat it for week straight! I love how simple and clean it is but at the same time SO flavorful!! Prefect paired with some good corn tortilla chips. Love love love! February 13, 2016 at 7:35pm Reply

  • Dee: Absolutely love this soup! I had it first at a Mexican restaurant and had decided I had to figure it out; but I saw this recipe and just knew this was it! And it is! We all love it. It is soooo simple to make. I also added rice because that’s the way it was served at the restaurant. I also added a little extra garlic and lime. I will be making this year ’round. Thanks so much for sharing. March 27, 2016 at 4:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Rice would be delicious – I’m so glad you loved it Dee! April 4, 2016 at 11:50am Reply

  • Nell Street: I make this soup all the time! It has such a good flavor! I make this soup and freeze the leftovers. July 13, 2016 at 7:33pm Reply

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