Spicy Chicken Soup

I made this wonderful soup on Tuesday night after a crazy day of weather here in Indiana. It wasn’t twenty minutes after I walked into school that we were all huddled in the hallway because of a tornado warning. I knew by watching the news in the morning that severe weather was headed our way, however, even if I didn’t watch the news I should have known something was brewing, the students were WAY too quiet and orderly when they came into school. It seemed like we were huddled in the hallway forever! After a half an hour with the kids sitting with their knees pulled up to their chests and hands behind their necks, the tornado warning was over. Luckily no tornado touched down near us, but there were 8 confirmed tornadoes in the state. When I got home from school I was craving a warm and comforting soup, this recipe hit the spot. I served it with dinner rolls and a small caesar salad. Shredded chicken, corn, chunks of tomatoes, and spices simmer together to create a spicy and flavorful soup your family will love on a chilly fall evening.

Spicy Chicken Soup

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  • 2 quarts water
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 5 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar chunky salsa
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with chilies
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans spicy chili beans, undrained
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine water, chicken, salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley, onion powder, cayenne pepper and bouillon cubes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 1 hour, or until chicken juices run clear. Remove chicken, reserve broth. Shred chicken.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, cook onion and garlic in olive oil until slightly browned. Stir in salsa, diced tomatoes, tomato soup, chili powder, corn, chili beans, shredded chicken and 5 cups broth. Simmer 30 minutes. Pour into bowls and top with sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese.

Source: adapted from allrecipes.com

14 Responses to “Spicy Chicken Soup”

  1. #
    Annie's Dish — October 28, 2010 @ 7:50 am

    I’m happy that you, your family and students are ok. It was supposed to get bad here in Pittsburgh but luckily the storm broke up as it passed through Ohio. It looked REALLY scary though.

    That spicy chicken soup does sound really comforting after a day like that. It would also be good for during a football game. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Christina replied: — October 28th, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

      Thank you so much! My mom works at a school in Ohio and they also got hit pretty hard. They were huddled for a tornado warning for over an hour! I hate severe weather and we always seem to get it!
      Mmmm…I bet this soup would be great for a football game, it would be yummy with some tortilla chips crushed on top!

  2. #
    scrappygolden — October 28, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

    Oh this sounds wonderful for fall! I’m going to print this now and get it on the menu.

    • Christina replied: — October 30th, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

      Yea! Let me know how it turns out for you!

  3. #
    Yesim — October 29, 2010 @ 2:28 pm

    especially in cold weathers i never start dinner without soup, and this looks delicious..

    • Christina replied: — October 30th, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

      There is nothing better than warm soup on a cold day. 🙂

  4. #
    Cristina @ TeenieCakes — November 4, 2010 @ 1:40 am

    Beautiful bowl of soup with a fantastic ingredient list. This is good comfort food! 🙂

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    yolie — March 29, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    Nice change for chicken soup, you should have your own cookbook, Thanks =0)

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