Spicy Mexican soup with chicken

Spice up your lunch.

  • 1 hr 15 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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With a rich Mexican broth, chicken thighs and a jalapeño kick, this is fragrant soup is as satisfying as it is tasty.
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Spicy Mexican soup with chicken
  • 3 large roma (egg) tomatoes (270g)
  • 1/2 stalk celery (75g), leaves on
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion (85g), chopped finely
  • 1 small carrot (70g), chopped coarsely
  • 1 tablespoon fresh coriander stem, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 litre (4 cups) salt-reduced chicken stock
  • 500 gram chicken thigh fillets
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh coriander
  • 1/3 cup (80g) coarsely chopped pickled jalapeño chilli
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) lime juice


Spicy Mexican soup with chicken
  • 1
    Bring a medium saucepan of water to the boil. Make a shallow cross in the base of tomatoes, add to water, boil 30 seconds, drain. Place tomatoes in bowl of iced water, peel, discard skin. Coarsely chop tomatoes.
  • 2
    Coarsely chop celery leaves, reserve ⅓ cup. Coarsely chop celery.
  • 3
    Heat oil in a large saucepan over low heat, add celery, onion, carrot, coriander stem and spices, cook, stirring, 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Add tomato, cook, stirring, 3 minutes or until soft. Add stock, then chicken, bring to the boil. Reduce heat, simmer, covered, 45 minutes or until chicken is very tender.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, combine coriander leaves, reserved celery leaves and the chilli in a small bowl.
  • 5
    Remove chicken from soup, cool slightly. Shred chicken, return to soup. Add juice, season to taste.
  • 6
    Serve soup topped with chilli mixture. Accompany with fresh crusty bread and lime halves, if you like.


You can swap the chicken stock for water. Soup can be made a day ahead, cover, refrigerate. Reheat in the microwave oven on MEDIUM (50%) in 1 minute bursts until hot or in a saucepan over medium heat until heated through.

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