Poblano Chicken Cheese Soup


This poblano chicken soup is creamy, filling, and low carb. Serve in soup bowls garnished with cilantro, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, and shredded cheese if desired.

close up view of Poblano Chicken Cheese Soup in a colorful bowl on a colorful plate
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 5 poblano peppers

  • 2 cups chicken bone broth

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

  • ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

  • ½ cup salsa verde

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • ¼ cup chopped onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 pound boiled boneless, skinless chicken breast, shredded

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Roast poblano peppers over an open flame on a gas stove or grill until all sides are charred, 5 to 8 minutes. Place blackened peppers into a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Allow peppers to steam as they cool, about 20 minutes. Remove and discard skins.

  2. Combine chicken broth, cream cheese, Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, and salsa verde in a blender. Blend until smooth.

  3. Peel cooled poblano peppers and remove seeds. Finely chop peppers in a food processor.

  4. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and cumin. Cook and stir until slightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add poblanos and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add chicken and sauté for 2 minutes more.

  5. Pour cheese mixture into a stockpot over low heat. Add chicken mixture and bring to a simmer. Cook until heated through, at least 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.


Feel free to substitute Monterey Jack with any cheese of your choice.

You can make this dish as spicy as you would like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

356 Calories
26g Fat
6g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 356
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 658mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 45mg 223%
Calcium 229mg 18%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 310mg 7%

* 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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