Green Chili Chicken and Lime Soup!

Good Thursday morning!! Still running around with my family visiting. We have been quite the tourists. I am loving all the sunsets we are watching. I can’t stop taking pictures of the gorgeous views at the beach. You can tell I haven’t lived in CA for very long πŸ™‚

Can’t wait to share this soup with you today. Hubby and I took the kids to eat at Chili’s last week and ordered this Green Chili lime soup. We decided to split it and what a mistake, we ended up fighting over the last bite like our 2 boys would do! I seriously couldn’t stop thinking about it after we got home. I know I’m weird, but it was so good that I had to get in the kitchen to re-create it. Lo and Behold, I did it! No kidding, it tastes nearly identical to the soup we ordered! It’s a brothy soup which usually isn’t my favorite, but the cilantro lime accented broth, rice and chicken really leave you feeling very satisfied.

Do yourself a favor… cook up a big pot and find yourself in love πŸ™‚

Hope you all enjoy, I’m salivating looking at these pics again!

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Green Chili Chicken and Lime Soup

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 onion, chopped

4 cloves fresh or roasted garlic, minced (I used a jar of roasted garlic, it was phenomenal!)

80 oz chicken broth, 2 1/2 cartons of the 32 oz

10 oz can rotel tomatoes, mild

7 oz can diced green chilies

4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts; cooked, shredded and lightly seasoned with salt and pepper

2 1/2 Cups cooked rice of choice, I used basmati

1/4 Cup fresh lime juice

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

Pinches of Kosher salt, fresh cracked black pepper and Lawry’s Garlic Salt with Parsley to taste

1 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped

Fresh diced avocados, drizzled with lime juice

1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese

Tortilla chips

1. Place oil into a large dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onion for 5 minutes then add in garlic; cook for 1 minute. Stir in chicken broth, tomtoes, green chilies, chicken breast, rice, lime juice and seasonings. Cook for 5 minutes; taste and season according to your liking. Right before serving add chopped cilantro.

2. Serve soup with fresh diced avocado, shredded cheese and crushed chips if desired. If you can handle the heat, squeeze some Siracha over top, yum!!

10-12 servings


I’ll leave you with more sunset pictures!! This time from Crystal Cove Beach a couple nights ago.

Have a great weekend!! See you all soon πŸ™‚


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91 Responses
  1. I am jumping up & down in my bed right now over this recipe!! I absolutely LOVED the new soup at Chili’s and cannot wait to try this recipe!!

    Your Sunset pics have been GORGEOUS!!

  2. Oh, Jenny, this is right up my alley! My husband will adore it, too. Going on next week’s menu for sure. Have a great day! πŸ™‚

  3. This soup looks delicious! I love recreating restaurant food at home; it’s nice to know exactly what goes into it! Great beach pictures πŸ™‚

  4. Can’t wait to try this πŸ™‚ I am eating a lowfat diet & I get this soup & a small salad when I go to Chili’s. Looking forward to eating this at home now πŸ™‚

  5. I’m really enjoying our spring weather in TX right now, but this soup has me wishing for a cold front! Will definitely try this, but it may be a while…

  6. Joanna from Colorado

    That recipe looks great, and the pictures are awesome.
    I love the picture of you and your husband – it’s so cute. πŸ™‚

    Happy Thursday!

  7. This looks delicious and your photos are fabulous! I’m looking to upgrade my camera and I read somewhere on your blog what kind of camera you use, but can’t find it now.

  8. This sounds wonderful! I used to love Chili’s and we’ve moved to a place where there is not a Chili’s in sight. At least now I have soup recipe. Thanks!

  9. The soup looks absolutely delicious. My family LOVES homemade soup and I’m always looking for new healthy recipes, especially different versions with chicken.

    I’m bookmarking now and hope to make this soon.

    I’ve lived in California for eight years and I still never tire of taking photos of our beautiful sunsets. Last week, I saw the green flash for the second time ever since we’ve lived here.

  10. This sounds absolutely delicious and heart-warming! I can’t wait to try it! I always love your recipes, they are so handy and easy to make-and they are always a hit with my friends and family!

  11. Annette

    I was a bit under the weather and wanted a good soup, I made this on Saturday. It was just what I needed. I absolutely loved it. I put it with some mexican quesidillas for dinner, and there were no complaints from anyone. Great recipe, will definetly put this under favorites.

  12. This was great! It was a huge hit with my family (and my three little boys don’t like soup). It is definitely a keeper!! It snowed this weekend in TX and this soup made my evening. Thanks so much for all your wonderful posts, I just love them.

  13. Sue Copeland

    Hi Jenny-

    I tried this recipe last night. My husband and I loved it! Thanks for posting. Miss you.


  14. Amber

    MMmmm…Made this soup this afternoon, and it’s the perfect warm up. Fortunately, even though Rotel tomatoes don’t seem to be available in Canada, I had a single can tucked away in the pantry from a vacation a few weeks ago! Best souvenir ever!

  15. It was a bit warm today for soup, but I’ve been wanting to make this recipe since you posted it and I’m so glad I did. Seriously one of my favorite soups–it will definitely return to our dinner table!

  16. Kelley

    Tried this at Chilis this weekend and loved the soup. I’m always afraid of the typical restaraunt over-salting dilema that can easily ruin a perfectly good bowl of soup. But they did it up right by flavoring it with good stuff! Thanks for copycatting this one, can’t wait to try!!

  17. Hey Jenny! I finally got around to trying this and oh my goodness, I love when I feel like I’m eating out at a restaurant but instead I actually made it myself! Super easy! Super delicious. My boys thought it was too spicy but Mommy loved it! Thanks for another great recipe!!!

  18. Tanya Jordan

    This was SOOO good! I loved the combination of lime and cilantro…although I may have to armwrestle the rest of the family for the leftovers!

  19. Shannon

    I just had that soup the other day and have been the same way- I need to make it at home! Thank you for posting this recipe- I can’t wait to try it out!

  20. Faiz

    I went out on a limb and made this and it was delicious. If I were to do it again, I would put a serving of rice in each bowl as opposed to cooking it with the soup. In my case, I used cooked Jasmine rice, placed it in the pot that the rest was cooking in and it soaked up the majority of the broth, leaving a delicious mush substance.

    You live and learn but thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  21. ladykay

    I don’t think you are weird at all – I had this soup at Chili’s this evening for the first time – and here I am googling the recipe… Glad to see you have already worked it out. Can’t wait to try it myself. Thanks!

  22. Hi. This is the first time I have ever visited/heard of your site. I have to say, I am a soup lover as well. I have already found about half a dozen recipes that I want to add to my dinner menu in the near future. Thank you so much for sharing and I plan to check back soon!

  23. ann

    totally agree, u r not weird at all! I did the same after I tried the Chili’s green chili soup and googled your recipe. I tried making it today, and it’s delicious! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe πŸ™‚

  24. April in CT

    I had this soup a few days ago at Chili’s and did a search for it as soon as I got home! We just finished eating this and it’s fantastic, my husband had two HUGE bowls. I made a couple of adjustments just based on what I had on hand, but I’ll be making this one again and again. Thank you!!

  25. I am so, SO glad this came up when I searched for a copy of Chili’s recipe. This has been a pregnancy craving of mine for about two weeks now and there’s only so many times I can convince my husband to take me to Chili’s! LOL. It did end up being too spicy for my oldest (6), so next time, I think I’ll just do 1/4 cup of Rotel and the rest regular diced tomatoes. Thanks so much for posting this. It was amazing!

  26. ppeppa2

    OMG… this soup was soo tasty!! just made it tonite for the family and the LOVED it!! Will def make it again πŸ˜€

  27. Kelly

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I’ve had this soup twice and want to make it at home so badly. That little cup is just not enough! This is my first visit to this website and I will be returning.

  28. Aida weber

    Love this recipe! I know exactly what you are talking about with this soup.
    I was thinking about this soup too long after I left Chili’s:)
    My family loves it too! Thanks for sharing:)

  29. This is one of my favorite soups, so I was thrilled
    to find a recipe for such.

    My apologies for sounding a bit silly, but when the
    ingredient list calls for ‘Rotel tomatoes’, are these
    only tomatoes, or is this referring to the canned Rotel
    typically used with Velveeta cheese to make dip? My
    first thought was green chilies and tomatoes. I guess
    I’ve never checked out the Rotel section, so there could
    very well be a can of simply tomatoes.

    Many thanks for sharing this recipe!


  30. Debb

    Just discovered your website, and I love it! I will look forward to many hours of your recipes. Just curious. Are the pics from Crystal Cove near Laguna Beach?

  31. Jessica

    I made this last night. It was a HUGE hit! The leftovers are in everyone’s lunch bags today. My family LOVED it!

    1. Brandy

      I had this yesterday at Chilli’s. I already have chicken thawing for another recipe, and am going to use it for this instead.

  32. Brandy

    Just had this yesterday! I was actually trying to find a reciepe for this. Bless you for doing the work for me!

  33. Colleen

    I made this soup last night here in upstate New York. My husband and 3 teenagers loved it!
    This recipe will definitely be added to our regular rotation. Great way to use leftover cooked chicken.

  34. Tarek

    Sounds delicious! I loved this soup at Chili’s but when I make it, what gives it that “smoky” flavor I tasted when I had it at chilis? Is it the rotel tomatoes? Thanks for sharing!

  35. Kelli

    I made this last night and it was delish! Hubby had three bowls and my oldest daughter asked if there was enough for her to have leftovers today. My daughters like it with a little cheese, crushed chips and dollop of sour cream. Thanks for the recipe.

  36. Jenn

    This soup was AMAZING! Even better than Chili’s in my opinion. It’s been added to the top 10 favorites list at our house. THANKS!

  37. Amy F.

    Having never tried Chili’s version, I made this last week…it looked and sounded so yummy. It was probably one of THE BEST (!!!!) soups I’ve ever had. We went to Chili’s for lunch today so I tried it there and I have to say…your version beats it hands down! Thanks so much for sharing…it’s a keeper for sure!

  38. I absoluetely love this soup… my boyfriend and I can’t get enough of it.. and i’m so happy you were able to recreate it. I will try making it tonight. Also I love you images ;).

    Thanks for sharing.

  39. Claudia

    I can’t thank you enough for the recipe. I had the soup at Chili’s for the first time last week and can’t get it out of my mind. Wonderful job!

  40. amcsmom

    I make an almost identical soup, it doesn’t have lime or rice but I put in a large can of hominy and everyone loves it. I am going to add your ingredients to mine – I think it will be a match made in heaven!

  41. amcsmom

    I make an almost identical soup – mine doesn’t have lime or rice but I add a large can of hominy to it. I am going to add your ingredients to mine – I think it will be a match made in heaven!

  42. Phyllis Hunt

    I was hoping to find a recipe that would be close to the one from Chili’s restaurant. I love their chicken and green chili soup. I am diabetic and I can order this without feeling guilty. Can’t wait to try the recipe. Thanks

  43. Julie

    This soup is so great!! Two of my friends made the soup this week and they are in love. I pretty much followed the recipe – I used a yellow onion, and my rice of choice was brown rice (fully cooked) from Trader Joes. Yum!! I posted this on my facebook and I am sharing it with everyone I know. Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  44. Kate

    I just finished my first homemade bowl of this and I love it!! This has been my favorite thing to order at chili’s lately and I can’t belief I can now make a whole big pot of it and savor it’s deliciousness at home. Thank you thank you!

  45. Rain

    OMG… this was absolutely delicious! My friend went to Chili’s and told me how delicious it was. I had to try to duplicate it. I am SURE this is better than Chili’s!!! It is DELICIOUS!!1

  46. Bridgette C

    This recipe is amazing! It is so close to Chili’s no one would know the difference. My kids loved it. My youngest asked for seconds and tried it with avocado and couldn’t stop saying how good it was!

  47. Lisa

    This really is a great soup. I love the Chili’s version and I think this one is better! So glad you posted this recipe.

  48. Louise Lalli

    I, too, went to chilies earlier this week and fell in love with their chicken and green chiles soup. I was amazed and grateful to find your recipe. Thank you for taking the time and effort to recreate this amazing soup.

  49. Tracie

    OMG….I was looking for a soup that was similar to one I ordered at Chili’s once. This is so true to taste…it was as if I ordered the soup for takeout and a big pot of it. It was quick and easy to make…this will become a staple at my house for the winter.

  50. Brenda kuhn

    I was disappointed to find out that Chilis took their chili chicken lime soup off the menu!! It was what I went for. Looked quick online for a recipe and can’t wait to go try this! Thanks!

  51. Dolly

    Went to Chili’s yesterday and they don’t carry this on the menu anymore….needless to say I was sad about this awesome tasting soup, but now thanks to you I have a recipe for it! Looking forward to trying this! Thanks so much!

  52. Aubrianne

    This recipe is fabulous. I was sad to find out Chili’s no longer has this soup on their menu and immediately went on a search for a recipe. I knew this was the one from the moment I read it! I wanted to up the veggie factor so after sautΓ©ing the onions a bit and adding the garlic I threw in some half moon zucchini and summer squash and let them get a bit tender. Also, I’ve been marinating the chicken in lime,salt, garlic and cumin then grilling it for some added levels of flavor and it’s now a regular recipe at home. It’s great either way, thank you!

  53. Connie

    This recipe has become a family favorite. I can’t begin to count the number of times I have made this soup since 2012. My 23 year old Son calls it “Poor Man’s Soup” but loves it. To him, this is comfort food. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

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