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I like soup, when it’s really really good soup – like this skinny Chicken Poblano Soup. If soup isn’t succulent, delicious, and completely moment of silence inducing – I don’t see the point.

This soup is moments of silence-worthy – if it weren’t for the moans of delight that it elicits.

Spicy poblano peppers – savory onions – smoky cumin and more make this soup delightfully refreshing, simple to make (yes, it can be done in the slow cooker) and your house smells absolutely delectable the entire time it’s cooking.

chicken poblano soup

I absolutely adore a thick hearty bowl of traditional tortilla soup, but sometimes I want something that’s bursting with flavor without being heavy. I crave something savory, that delights my taste buds, and warms me from head to toes.

This soup is delightfully simple to make, and only gets better with time.

skinny poblano chicken soup

Leave this soup simmering on the stove all day, or cooking in your favorite slow cooker and your mouth will literally be watering, and everyone who comes in your house will beg you for a bowl, and the recipe.

Chicken, poblanos, Cumin, onion, cilantro, limes, and chicken broth – it’s the simplicity and the natural bright flavors of those ingredients that make this soup so incredible.

chicken poblano tortilla soup

Prep your ingredients, set the soup to simmering, and then gather your friends and family around your table and let everyone top their soup with their favorite garnishes: freshly sliced limes, cilantro, sour cream (or greek yogurt) sliced avocados, freshly shredded sharp cheddar – then settle in for a healthy, hearty meal and an evening of laughter, stories, friendship and memory making.

** this recipe is a re-photographing, re-make and an adaptation on a recipe shared with me a few years ago. You can see the original here***

Lighter Chicken Poblano Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

This Poblano Chicken soup is a lighter and healthier alternative to traditional chicken tortilla soup, all the flavor without all the calories.


  • 2 lbs cooked chicken, shredded
  • 9 C low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 poblano (pasilla) peppers, seeded and sliced about 1/4" thick slices 1" long each
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro leaves (plus more for garnish)
  • 3 limes, juiced (plus more limes for garnish)


  1. This is a great recipe to use the chicken from the Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken
  2. Once you have 2 lbs of cooked chicken, shred the chicken to your liking
  3. In a very large stock pot - bring 9 C chicken broth, the sliced poblanos, cumin, and onion to a boil.
  4. Once the broth is boiling rapidly - add in the shredded chicken, the cilantro leaves and the lime juice.
  5. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook all day long - this gets better and better the longer you cook it. Slow Cooker Instructions
  6. Toss all the ingredients in the crockpot and cook over high for 5 - 6 hours or low for 8-9 hours.
Rachel Says

Garnish with fresh lime slices for squeezing over the soup, fresh cilantro leaves, and avocado slices You can even fry strips of corn tortillas to add a delicious crunch

This would also be perfect when paired with the Skinny Margarita recipe I have coming up later this week!

My neighbor Clint ate his wife’s serving of this soup, so I sent her more, which he finished off – and when I gave him the rest of the leftovers, he informed me that draining off the broth and filling tortillas with the leftovers is absolutely delicious, too. Thanks for the tip, Clint!


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