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Low Carb Mexican Chicken Lime Soup

This refreshing soup is light enough to have as a summer meal and yet robust enough to warm your soul in winter.  The fresh lime juice adds a bright flavor to the soup and the cumin and smoky chile spice add depth and warmth.  It’s versatile, healthy, comes together quickly and is packed with flavor.  What more can you ask of the lowly soup?

Low carb Mexican Chicken Lime Soup
Low carb Mexican Chicken Lime Soup

The Nutritional Benefits of Mexican Chicken Lime Soup

Any time I’m developing a low carb recipe I first look for flavor.  Next up is making sure it satisfies the nutritional components of a low carb or slow carb diet. 

In order to stay happily satiated on a low carb diet you need fat and protein.  The chicken, of course provides the protein, and the avocados provide the good fats.  Throw in some tomatoes, onions and celery and you’ve just added minerals and fiber.

Now you have a nutritionally balanced meal that is going to keep you full for quite a while without a bunch of carbs and sugar.  Oh, and by the way…..it tastes great.

I like to use a smoky spice with this soup, but if you want to up the heat and turn down the sultry, smoky flavors, then opt for something like a Serrano or jalapeno or even Habanero.  It’s all good, but the type of pepper you use will make a big difference in the flavor profile.

Click here to see a range of chili spice blends fresh from our farm that work well with this soup, from bright and spicy flavor to deep and smoky.

Chicken Lime Soup
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Low Carb Chicken Lime Soup

A refreshing soup with a Mexican flavor profile that works well in summer or winter
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken lime soup, low carb mexican, low carb soup
Meat & Poultry: chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 407kcal
Author: dorothy stainbrook

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil refined
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 5 stalks celery diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced (optional)
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 3 lbs chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes canned
  • 1 tsp cumin toasted lightly
  • 1 tsp smoky blend spice from HeathGlen or your favorite chile spice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup lime juice fresh-squeezed
  • 1-2 avocados diced
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • 1 bunch cilantro coarsely chopped

Instructions

  • In a Dutch Oven (or a large
    heavy pot) heat the oil over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and celery
    and saute until onion is translucent, about 5-7 minutes.  Add the garlic
    (if using) and saute quickly, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the broth, chicken breasts, tomatoes and spices and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, lower the heat to low, cover the pot and simmer until chicken breasts are done (anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour).
  • Remove chicken breasts to cutting board and let them get cool enough to handle.  With two forks, pull apart the chicken meat, shredding it into bite-size pieces.
  • Return the shredded chicken to the pot and add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the lime juice and return to a low boil.
  • Ladle soup into bowls.   Place avocado chunks, lime wedges and chopped cilantro in small bowls and pass around for people to add to soup according to their own taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1241mg | Potassium: 1523mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 3mg

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2 Comments

  1. Beth on May 9, 2018 at 12:10 am

    I made this last night – SO GOOD! Big hit with husband and sister. That recipe make more like 8 servings, though. I tried your tortillas tonight. They turned out so much better than I expected! Thanks for sharing your great LC recipes – there are so many bad ones out there but yours are always winners!

    • dorothy stainbrook on May 9, 2018 at 6:01 am

      Thank you so much for your comments and letting me know how these recipes are turning out. I always wonder about serving size because my husband eats a LOT so I err on the conservative side not knowing how much people consider a serving. I will change it based on your comments so thank you! The tortillas were a blend of other bloggers ingredients with my own directions as to how I made them. Happy to see you didn’t find it too fussy. Be well now!

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