Learn how to make tasty chicken tortilla soup for a comforting and delicious dinner all year round! This soup doesn’t taste or feel heavy; with the sour cream, lime, cilantro, and tortilla chips it actually tastes like taco in a bowl of soup! I love that the chicken just shreds off your fork, and I can throw all the ingredients in the pressure cooker so there’s less to clean up. I love easy!
In the summertime we like to make soups that aren’t so heavy but still get all the benefits of soaked veggies and bone broth. So I started making this chicken tortilla soup and it’s been a summer favorite ever since. This healthy and delicious chicken tortilla soup recipe combines all the nutrients of a rich soup with the fun flavor of crunchy chicken tacos in the summertime.
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Watch: How to Make Chicken Tortilla Soup
Why we Love this Recipe
Perfect soup for summertime. This soup doesn’t taste or feel heavy. With the sour cream, lime, cilantro, and tortilla chips it actually tastes like taco in a bowl of soup!
Chicken that shreds off your fork. I love throwing in frozen chicken breasts into this recipe because after it’s cooked in the Instant Pot it just falls off the fork. Way easier than de-thawing them and throwing them on the stove or grill. I like easy!
My kitchen gets cleaned. I like to clean up most of dinner before we even start eating, and that’s why this is a perfect recipe for me. Everything goes in the Instant Pot and when it’s done I’ve already cleaned the kitchen and we’re ready to just eat. It’s a one-pot meal, kind of like my roasted chicken dinner.
I love using homemade bone broth. Any chance I get to use bone broth, I am so in. Learn how to make your own bone broth here, it’s simple and saves so much money if you buy it from the store already.
Lastly it’s a great meal to make in a pinch. Most of these ingredients can be frozen, so if you already have them in your freezer you can whip this up in no time with no meal planning involved.
Health Benefits of Bone Broth
You may be wondering why grocery stores are stocked with bone broth now a days. The making of bone broth dates back to when our ancestors wanted to use every part of an animal for nutrition.
Bones contain high amounts of collagen and cartilage. Collagen and cartilage are both used today to help fight bone and joint issues from arthritis to even cancer.
Bone broth is also healing to your gut and digestive system. It contains electrolytes that aid in your body’s ability to assimilate and absorb nutrients.
I drink bone broth just about every day. And I do notice a difference in my hair, skin, and nails after drinking bone broth consistently. So, no matter which nutrient your’e hoping to get from a bone, you’ll get that and more by making your own bone broth from scratch.
Here is a complete list of bone broth benefits from the Medical News Today newsletter.
Chicken Tortilla Soup Ingredients
About a pound and a half of high quality chicken. We buy frozen chicken breasts from the store, but you could also use your leftovers from roasted chicken or whatever chicken is your favorite.
2 bell peppers
two quarts bone broth
a whole head of garlic
2 cups frozen corn
1 cup frozen peas
One tablespoon salt. Note: if you’re using store bought bone broth, may want to cut this in half. Often they already contain salt.
1 teaspoon cumin
one to two drops oregano essential oil
After the Soup is Cooked
You’ll simmer the following ingredients for a few minutes before serving your soup:
Juice from 1 lime
3 TBSP chopped cilantro. If you don’t have any, parsley is good too!
Lastly top the soup with the following:
Shredded cheddar cheese
Crushed tortilla chips
How to Make Chicken Tortilla Soup
Start by chopping your onion, peppers, and garlic.
Turn your Instant Pot on to the “saute” function and add some avocado oil. Add your onions and peppers and simmer for a few minutes.
Then add your garlic, followed by the chicken, bone broth, corn, and peas.
Next add your seasonings – salt, pepper, cumin, and oregano.
Close the Instant Pot and turn the knob to “sealing”. Then, press the “meat/stew” function.
After the soup is done and you’re almost ready to serve, add the lime and cilantro and stir.
Serve the soup and add additional toppings as desired. We like to do shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips. I told you this was a complete meal!
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Chicken Tortilla Soup
Healthy delicious soup with the crunch of a summery chicken taco and the flavor of a rich bone broth soup. The perfect comforting but light soup for a healthy taco dinner all year round!
- 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast fresh or frozen
- 2 quarts homemade bone broth
- 1 onion, chopped
- A whole head of garlic
- 2 bell peppers, chopped
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 tablespoon salt (note: if you're using store-bought bone broth, add less salt)
- 1 Tsp pepper
- 1 Tsp cumin
- 1-2 drops oregano essential oil (or dried oregano)
- 3 TBSP chopped cilantro (you could use parsley too)
- Juice from 1 lime
- Crushed tortilla chips
- Sour cream
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Chop the onion, peppers, and garlic.
- Turn the Instant Pot on to "saute" function and add some avocado oil. Add your onions and peppers and saute for a few minutes.
- Next add the garlic, followed by the chicken, bone broth, corn, and peas.
- Add your seasonings - the salt, pepper, cumin, and oregano.
- Close the Instant Pot and turn the knob to "sealing". Then, press the "meat/stew" function and press start.
- When the soup is done, shred the chicken apart with a fork. It should easily shred apart, this is the best part!
- Next, add the lime and cilantro and stir.
- For the toppings, add shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips. Enjoy!
This is the perfect way to keep bone broth going in your kitchen throughout the summer. It's my go-to easy dinner that I can just whip up in a pinch without any meal planning.
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Hi! This looks really good! I’m curious when you put the chicken in the instant pot. I don’t see it in the directions. Thanks!
Alexa Gibbons says
Hi Tallia, you put the chicken in at the same time as the bone broth. Sorry, I just fixed the instructions!
This looks sooooo tasty! I feel this is a great soup for summer too! Nice and fresh!
Julie Langston says
This looks really good! I love recipes where you can clean up the kitchen before dinner too! And I’ve been looking for ways to use up my bone broth during the summer. This seems like a great soup for summer because you can cool it down with avocado, sour cream, cilantro, etc. Thanks for sharing!
Alexa Gibbons says
Yes to all! Hope you enjoy!