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Healthy Eats: Chili-Spiced Chicken Soup with Avocado Relish

flufoodrecipecoldNewsletterHealth & Wellness • 2 min read • Jan 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM • Written by: Kat Smith

When you’re sick, the convenience of a one-dish meal simmering on the stove can’t be beat!

Spicy chili chicken soup with avocado

Not only will the fresh, high-impact flavors found in this recipe give you a soup with a made-from-scratch taste that cannot be beat – it might even help clear your sinuses!


Spice blend:

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, divided
  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
  • 2 cups chopped sweet onion
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1 (32-ounce) carton fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (28-ounce) can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 diced jalapeño (optional)
  • Cayenne pepper (optional; add to-taste)


  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • 3 ounces queso fresco, crumbled
  • 1 diced peeled avocado
  • Cilantro sprigs (optional)


Prepare spice blend by combining first 6 ingredients in a small bowl.

To prepare soup, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chicken; sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons of spice blend over chicken. Sauté approximately 8 minutes, then remove from heat and cool. Chop chicken; set aside.

Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in pan over medium-high heat; add onion, bell peppers, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle vegetable mixture with remaining spice blend; sauté 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. If desired, add diced jalapeño and cayenne pepper to give this dish more heat. Stir in chicken, corn, broth, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes. Add lime juice.

To make the relish, combine chopped cilantro with green onion, lime rind, queso fresco and avocado.

Ladle 1 1/4 cups soup into bowls; top with 1/4 cup relish. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.

(Adapted from Jamie Miller’s recipe for CookingLight)

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Kat Smith