Grilled Chicken Tortilla Soup


This recipe has quickly become my go-to Chicken Tortilla Soup! It’s packed with fresh flavors and the grilled chicken and corn just takes it from good to incredibly good! Finish it of with lots of tortilla strips or crumbled tortilla cheese, cheddar and avocado to really make this soup sing.

Grilled Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken tortilla soup is one of my favorite kinds of soup. If I had to pick 3 top picks I’m pretty sure it would make the cut.

Lately I’ve been getting chicken tortilla soup almost weekly at a local restaurant on our way home from the beach. But I request grilled chicken instead of the traditional shredded chicken and it’s soooo much better.


So I decided I better recreate my own chicken tortilla soup and use grilled chicken and grilled corn.

Then of course load on the cheese and avocado, because avocado (or guacamole) is a tortilla soup must in my book.

Grilled Chicken Tortilla Soup

Do I Have to Use Grilled Chicken and Corn?

In the dead of winter you might be asking do I have to use grilled chicken and corn here? The answer is no. Other good options included shredded rotisserie chicken, skillet seared breasts or thighs or leftover roasted chicken.

Then of course frozen corn can be used in place of the fresh. I just figured when I’m going to be grilling the chicken we might as well grill the corn too. It adds great flavor.

If you want to stretch the soup and get another serving you could add in black beans and a little more broth to get more out of it.

Mild or Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

If you love spicy soup feel free to leave the seeds in the jalapeños and even add more. Then if you don’t tolerate any heat well omit the jalapeño.

How to Get a Decent Char on Chicken Breasts

If you were wondering about the random 1 tsp sugar in the recipe I added it because just hint helps the chicken char a little better on the grill. Then the other 3/4 tsp is just to balance out those charred flavors in the soup plus the tartness of the lime.

Grilled Chicken Tortilla Soup

Don’t Leave Off the Toppings

In my opinion those final toppings are really what polish of the soup and add layers of needed flavor. So don’t skimp on the avocado, cilantro, cheese or tortilla strips. The only thing I’d list as optional is the sour cream.

How to Make Homemade Tortilla Strips

The quickest version here is to serve is to serve this with store-bought tortilla chips or tortilla strips. But if you want to go the extra mile, you can make your own strips by frying sliced tortillas in oil or brushing lightly with oil and baking at 400 degrees until crisp (as I done here with my Black Bean Tortilla Soup).

Grilled Chicken Tortilla Soup

More Easy Tortilla Soup Recipes to Try


Grilled Chicken Tortilla Soup

5 from 7 votes

My idea of the BEST Chicken Tortilla Soup! A family favorite! It's jam packed with fresh flavor and easy to make. In the winter feel free to substitute shredded rotisserie chicken and frozen corn here.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken tortilla soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 385 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 2 (10 oz) boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tsp chili powder, divided
  • 2 tsp ground cumin, divided
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil divided
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 small ears corn, shucked or 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (1 1/2 Tbsp)
  • 6 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • Shredded Mexican blend cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips or chips for serving


  1. Preheat a grill over medium-high heat to about 450 degrees. In a small bowl whisk together 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and 1/4 tsp sugar.

  2. Brush chicken with 1 Tbsp olive oil then season both sides with chili powder mixture. 

  3. Grill about 5 - 6 minutes per side until thickest part of chicken registers 165 degrees. Let rest on cutting board 5 minutes then dice into small cubes.
  4. If using fresh corn cobs, grill shucked corn on medium-high heat, turning every 3 minutes, until slightly charred, about 9 minutes total. Cut corn kernels from cobs.

  5. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. 

  6. Add onion and saute 5 minutes then jalapenos and garlic and saute 2 minutes longer. 
  7. Pour in broth, tomatoes, remaining 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 3/4 tsp sugar and season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  8. Bring to a light boil over medium-high heat then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 15 minutes, if using frozen corn add during the last 5 minutes.

  9. Add chicken and corn to soup along with cilantro and lime juice. Add diced avocados to each serving as well as cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips. 

  10. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Chicken Tortilla Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 368mg 15%
Potassium 1093mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 7g
Protein 33g 66%
Vitamin A 20.8%
Vitamin C 26.2%
Calcium 7.3%
Iron 15.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Jill: Great!!! I loved it. Added black beans as well. Fantastic. December 10, 2017 at 6:20pm Reply

  • j pertu: This one looks so good and tasty!
    I made this soup yesterday for lunch! Thanks for the recipe you shared. November 23, 2017 at 2:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it! Thanks for the review! November 27, 2017 at 12:06pm Reply

  • shelby: how is this with Veggie Stock vs Chicken?, we have a Vegan in the house, and I was hoping to try this as a build your own, having the soup base be vegan and the chicken as an add-on for the rest of us. October 29, 2017 at 12:22pm Reply

  • Jennifer: Perfect!!! I took shortcuts. Steamed the corn on the cob and used Tysons pre-grilled chicken to speed the process but this recipe is perfect!! September 21, 2017 at 5:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it! And great shortcuts. :) September 22, 2017 at 10:39am Reply

  • Bekah: Would I be able to freeze this soup? September 8, 2017 at 10:54pm Reply

  • Aria Smith: It looks so delicious and tasty!! Thanks for sharing delicious and tasty soup recipe!! July 17, 2017 at 3:29am Reply

  • Paige Flamm: This soup looks amazing!

    Paige July 11, 2017 at 12:59pm Reply

  • Jennifer @ Because Food Is Love: Sounds delicious! Chicken tortilla soup is one if my favorites too. I’ve always shredded the chicken, love the idea of using grilled chicken instead. Makes for a really pretty soup. July 10, 2017 at 11:54pm Reply

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