Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup (Sopa de Pollo y Arroz)


Homemade chicken consomme with vegetables, fresh herbs, and rice, served with serrano chile, avocado, and a touch of lime juice.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
8 servings


  • 2 ½ quarts chicken stock

  • 2 pounds skin-on, bone-in whole chicken legs (drumsticks and thighs)

  • 3 carrots, chopped

  • 1 white onion, chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 3 cups cooked rice

  • 1 avocado, peeled and chopped

  • 2 serrano peppers, minced

  • 2 limes, quartered


  1. Bring stock to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Add chicken legs; return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes, skimming away foam that forms on the surface. Add carrots, onion, celery, cilantro, garlic, and mint.

  2. Cover pot and cook until chicken is no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 30 minutes more. Remove chicken from the pot; discard skin and bones. Shred meat using 2 forks.

  3. Return chicken meat to the pot and season with salt and pepper. Add rice. Let chicken and rice warm up, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour soup into serving bowls. Top with avocado and serrano peppers and squeeze in lime juice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

322 Calories
15g Fat
26g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 322
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 957mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 12mg 59%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 450mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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