Chicken Chili Soup

It was cool this past weekend here in CT and I was not mentally prepared for it.  I feel like the cooler temperature came out of no where, maybe because we had a really hot and humid summer.  It seemed like it was time to drag out my over sized sweatshirt, which used to belong to my husband.  When I first met him about 7 years ago, he used to wear this orange sweatshirt  quite often.  Once we got to a certain level in our relationship, I “suggested” that he retire that sweatshirt because it had seen better days.  He retired it to the back of his closet.  Several years ago I grabbed the orange sweatshirt in hopes that it would warm me up quickly.  Why I grabbed that one instead of one of my own, I honestly couldn’t say.  Guess who wears an orange sweatshirt every winter now?  Lol.  I found myself wearing it every day in the house.  I love this orange sweatshirt because it’s warm and cozy.  (Which now that I think about it, may be why my husband didn’t want to retire it.)  Worn with a pair of yoga pants, it’s the perfect outfit for at home when I’m cold.

Cold weather not only means that it’s orange sweatshirt time, but it also means that it’s time to start making soups.  My first soup recipe this season is this chicken chili soup.  It has the flavors of a chili with the consistency of a soup.

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Chicken Chili Soup Recipe
(Makes 6 to 8 servings)


  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 (15 ounce) cans small white beans, drained
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can diced green chilies, drained
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup sour cream


  1. In a skillet, cook the chicken and then set it aside.
  2. In a large pot over Medium heat, heat the oil and cook the onions until slightly browned.
  3. Stir in the cooked chicken, chicken broth, white beans, diced green chilies, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, and black pepper.
  4. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring periodically.
  5. Stir in the sour cream.
  6. Simmer for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately.

Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.


Soups tend to be easy to make.  Throw some ingredients in a pot, set the timer, and you’ve got dinner.  It’s just like using a slow cooker, but you don’t have to wait as long. 02Chicken Chili Soup There are many soup recipes out there.  Have you noticed that?  I want my soup to have flavor and this soup has it.  It is well seasoned from the onions, green chilies, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, and black pepper.  Most of these ingredients are also found in chili recipes so this soup has a chili flair to it.  If you like chili or Mexican food then you’ll love this.  You may love it even more because it’s pretty healthy too!

This soup is packed with protein and fiber from the chicken and beans.  Why didn’t I just call this “chili”?  It’s not really a chili at all, but rather a soup that just happens to taste a little like a chili might if you made it with chicken.  This is a broth based soup, but the sour cream makes it just a little bit creamy.

You can add a little (or a lot of) heat by adding some Tabasco sauce into your bowl.  I tend to prefer a milder heat so I was glad for the option to customize my own bowl to my personal taste.  

Like with most soups, bread and crackers are a must have to go with it.  My husband said that oyster crackers would be perfect here.  I agreed.     🙂  I sprinkled some Monterey Jack shredded cheese on top of the soup because, let’s face it, cheese rules. 06Chicken Chili Soup It’s hard to believe that summer is pretty much over.  (As I write this I’ve just lived through a day where it almost hit 100F, so obviously not quite.)  Good bye cooking with fresh berries and lemons.  Hello, cooking with apples and pumpkins.  See ya, iced coffees and howdy, hot coffees and cocoas.  Ciao, ice cream…nope, can’t do that one.     😉

With the colder weather upon us this recipe was a great way to kick off the season.  Soups are great to warm you up, just like a broken in orange sweatshirt.  Now I just need to make sure that my husband doesn’t ask for his sweatshirt back.  (Love you, babe!) 05Chicken Chili Soup What’s your favorite soup recipe?  What else are you looking forward to making this season?  


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Adapted from:  The Girl Who Ate Everything  


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  1. Me and my husband have a few pieces of clothing like that but I finally got him to retire those awful grey sweatpants a few years ago! He still sometimes cries about it – muhahaha. Weather is starting to go down this weekend, this would be perfect!

    1. Tina says:

      Lol! Love it. 🙂

  2. We loooooove chicken chili, and this soup version sounds perfect for chilly winter nights!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks! 🙂

  3. Cold? Jealous! I am SO ready to wear my sweats or sweaters. So ready. And for soups, because they make me feel cozy:) My favorite soup is Nacho Chipotle Chicken or good ole’ plain stew.

    1. Tina says:

      Wow that soup sounds amazing! Well, it was cool when I made the soup. But today it was 80 degrees here in CT. This weather is whack. Wow. that word came out of no where, blast from the past. Hehe.

  4. My favorite thing about the cold weather is definitely SOUP season! It’s been in the 90’s here this week which is unusual…but it’s cooling off soon enough!

    1. Tina says:

      Soups are awesome but I think I’m looking most forward to hot cocoa. Mmm, chocolate. 🙂

  5. I love a good chicken chili. This looks great, Tina!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks Julie!

  6. It was cool enough here in PA to start eating soups at dinner last week, but it’s been blazing hot the past few days. I can’t wait for cooler weather again! Although I wish the soups here at school were this good looking!

    1. Tina says:

      I’ve experienced the same crazy weather…cool then hot and now cool again. I could eat soup all year long though. 🙂

  7. I love cozy and comfy soups. Especially Mexican hybrid ones.:) My favourite soup is probably good clean chicken soup.:) Nothing beats the taste of sweet chicken and clear chicken stock for me. Just love it!

    1. Tina says:

      Yes, a classic chicken soup is probably my favorite too! I think I’m always in the mood for that one. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  8. It’s getting a bit chilly here too, so bring on the cozy soups! Specially if they look as delicious as this one 😉

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks much!

  9. Ashley says:

    I couldn’t be happier that soup season is here : ) It’s still 90 degrees out right now but it’s September so clearly it’s time! haha I love trying new soup recipes – this one sounds delicious! So comforting!

    1. Tina says:

      I definitely think soup is comfort food. 🙂

  10. It was really cool in MA too, although the last few days have been crazy hot. I have been craving both soup and chili lately- this is perfect!

    1. Tina says:

      Wow, I couldn’t have planned that better if I tried. 😉 I experienced a momentary heat wave too. This weather is bizarre. One day I’m cooking soup (to keep warm), the next I’m cooking no bake cookies (b/c it’s too warm to have the oven on). Hehe.

  11. Joanne says:

    Somehow boy’s sweatshirts are just warmer than girl’s sweatshirts. No idea how. It is definitely soup season here! This looks scrumptious.

    1. Tina says:

      You’re so right! Thanks much. 🙂 Hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

  12. Love this warm and hearty soup Tina! I just want to curl up on the couch with a big bowl Thanks for posting!

    1. Tina says:

      I love cuddling on the couch with a some soup and a good book. :

  13. Totally adding this soup to my Fall menu, looks so creamy good!

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome! Let me know if you end up making it. 🙂

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