Southwestern Chicken Soup for the Cold

Whenever I’m sick, or in this case – my husband, I like to make something spicy to open up the sinuses and clear out the gunk. Sometimes that ends up being Frank’s Red Hot on tatertots. Sometimes I make James Beard’s garlic soup (seriously good if you like garlic). This time I made something up I’m calling Southwestern Chicken Soup. It is a twist on the Classic Chicken Noodle soup – except with more salsa verde and rice.

Southwestern Chicken Soup
Serves 8
An easy, spicy chicken soup.
Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. 1/2 red onion, diced
  2. 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  3. 1 can black beans, drained
  4. 1/2 frozen corn (or more if you like)
  5. 1 stalk of green onion, chopped
  6. 1 jar of Salsa Verde (15-16 oz, I liked Herdez brand)
  7. 1 cup of pre-cooked rice (great way to use old rice)
  8. 3-4 cups of chicken stock (depending on how much you like broth)
  9. 1 1/2 cups of shredded cooked chicken.
  10. Salt, pepper, cumin to taste
  11. 1 teaspoon Jalapeño powder (homemade, but you can sub in a fresh pepper, chopped)
  12. 1 tbsp oil
  13. Cilantro garnish, chopped. Not optional.
  1. If necessary, cook rice according to the package directions (add about 20 minutes).
  2. Prep each ingredient (dice, shred, chop, mince)
  3. In a soup pot, heat oil on medium-high heat.
  4. Sauté the red onions and garlic until fragrant.
  5. Add in the beans, corn, rice, green onion, and spices. Stir occasionally until the corn is defrosted.
  6. Add in the salsa verde and chicken stock.
  7. Add in the shredded chicken.
  8. Reduce heat to low and allow the soup to simmer for 10 minutes or until ready to eat.
  9. Garnish your bowl with chopped cilantro. Enjoy!
  1. Shredded chicken can usually be purchased at grocery stores but you can also make your own easily. Poach a chicken breast or two (in water with salt and pepper, usually about 20 minutes - we'll cover it later). Take two forks and drag them across the chicken breast to shred. Easy peasy.
  2. Jalapeño powder is simply dehydrated peppers that have been ground into a powder. It packs a punch.
  3. The cilantro is mandatory. For real.
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