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Spring Chicken Tortilla Soup

This easy chicken tortilla soup recipe is the perfect healthy one pot Mexican meal. It's gluten-free and healthy, with corn tortilla strips and lots of veg.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4


  • Olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • Sea salt
  • 1 large red onion diced
  • 2 medium carrots diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeds and ribs removed, minced
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • One 15-ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes preferably with green chiles
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Florida Sweet Corn kernels
  • 1 cup sweet peas or finely sliced sugar snap peas
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large lidded stock pot or Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season the chicken thighs and sear them in the pan until both sides are nicely browned, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a plate.
  3. Add the onions and carrots to the pan. Saute the vegetables until soft and beginning to brown, 6 minutes. Stir in the jalapeno, garlic, chili powder, and cumin. Cook another minute, until fragrant. Carefully pour in the tomatoes and simmer until the liquid is reduced and the tomatoes are soft, 5 minutes. Add the chicken thighs back to the pot, along with the stock and 1 tablespoon of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer, covered, until the chicken is very tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, on a clean work surface, brush each tortilla on both sides with olive oil. Stack the tortillas in a pile and cut them into thin strips. Arrange the strips in an even layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven until the tortillas are crispy and beginning to curl, 10 - 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand on the baking sheet until cool enough to touch. Set aside.
  5. Remove the chicken from the pot with tongs and shred into bite-sized pieces. Add back to the soup along with the corn, peas, and lime juice. Cook 5 minutes more.
  6. Divide the tortillas between 4 bowls and top with the soup. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and diced avocado.