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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂


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91 Responses
  1. 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.

  2. 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 sautéing 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. Osvaldo

    OMG, i love that soup. Thank you for re-creating the recipe for me…my family truely enjoyed it!!!

  10. virginia king

    this is just the perfect recipe I have been looking for. am looking forward to many more of your recipes. Thanks so much.

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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 🙂

  14. 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

  15. 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!

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