A quick and satisfying soup with chicken, corn, and Mexican seasonings. Chuck Allen of Cathedral City, California, serves this soup for family fiesta dinners.

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50 mins
50 mins
9 servings


Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Peel onion and cut lengthwise into thin slivers. Peel and chop garlic. In a 6- to 8-quart pan over medium-high heat, stir onion, garlic, and oil until onion is limp, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon; stir until spices are fragrant, about 1 minute.

  • Add broth, tomatoes (including juice), zucchini, corn, jalapenos, and oregano. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover pan, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, rinse chicken and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Add chicken to broth mixture. Return to a boil over high heat; cover pan, reduce heat, and simmer until chicken is white in center (cut to test), 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Ladle into soup bowls. Add salt, pepper, and cheese to taste.


Reprinted with permission of Sunset(R) magazine. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts

188 calories; protein 27.2g; carbohydrates 14.9g; fat 2.5g; cholesterol 46.2mg; sodium 622.5mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

Rating: 4 stars
I followed this recipe pretty much exactly, making only the following changes: I used a little less than 7 cups broth (my pot wouldn't fit any more than 6), only about 1 pound chicken pieces, more chili powder and cumin than called for, and more jalapenos than called for. I thought it was quite good-- I only got 2 bowls, everyone ate it up. I really liked the addition of fresh zucchini, and I think the cinnamon, along with the chili powder and cumin, add a really nice, distinctive flavor. I will make this again, and maybe add some more vegetables. I had some after the cooking time recommended, and then simmered it for another hour or so-- as with all soups, this improved the flavors. Recommended. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was really tasty. I don't make any changes to the ingredients, but reduced the amount of broth and the amount of chicken slightly. I served this over polenta slices. I think it tasted better the next day as most soups do. I think next time I will serve it over some noodles or rice instead. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This is good if you want something a little different---the seasoning is different than your usual fare. I forgot to buy zuchini, so I threw in some rice and it was pretty good. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very good, I didn't change much but would add less cinnamon next time. Read More