Mexican Chicken Soup

This zesty Mexican Chicken Soup is simple to prepare for those busy weeknights, and it’s full of great flavors! This one’s a crowd pleaser all right.

Mexican Chicken Soup

Zesty Chicken Soup

Doesn’t get much better than this Mexican Chicken Soup! I am celebrating with this delicious and so simple to prepare Mexican style soup. It’s packed with my homemade spanish rice, vegetables and chunks of chicken in a flavorful zesty broth. Cholula is my go to hot sauce for everything. It flavored my broth perfectly without being too spicy. We love it in my house!

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Mexican Chicken Soup

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for your soup. Simple pantry and refrigerator items. To save yourself some time, cook your chicken ahead of time so it’s ready to go 🙂

Mexican Chicken Soup

 Start by sautéing your onions.

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Mexican Chicken Soup

Add your carrots and some fresh garlic. Cook and stir until slightly softened.

Mexican Chicken Soup

Add your cooked rice. and seasonings.

Mexican Chicken Soup

Finish up the spanish rice by adding salt, pepper, tomato sauce and chicken broth to start the soup.

Mexican Chicken Soup

Dice your chicken and add it to the pot.

Mexican Chicken Soup

 Season the soup with Cholula hot sauce. I used 4 tablespoons, but use more or less to according to your liking.

Mexican Chicken Soup

Add some fresh cilantro and or parsley and simmer on low until you are ready to serve!

Mexican Chicken Soup

Spoon into your favorite bowl and enjoy!

Mexican Chicken Soup

Zesty Spanish Rice Chicken Soup

Mexican Chicken Soup

This zesty Mexican Chicken Soup is simple to prepare for those busy weeknights, and it's full of great flavors! This one's a crowd pleaser all right.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 272kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 2 cups uncooked rice of choice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh garlic
  • 3 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 64 ounces reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 10 ounce can Rotel diced tomatoes mild
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 cups diced cooked chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup Cholula Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro


  • Cook rice according to package directions.
  • Heat oil in large dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onions, carrots and garlic for 5-10 minutes, stirring often. Add rice, cumin, salt and pepper, stirring to combine. Stir in tomato sauce.
  • Add chicken broth, tomatoes, lime juice and hot sauce and cilantro, stirring. Simmer on low until ready to serve.


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 428mg | Potassium: 466mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1098IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 3mg
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34 Responses
  1. Ginny

    Just made this and it was absolutely delicious! But did you by any chance mean 2 cups COOKED rice instead of uncooked? I ended up having to add an additional 32 oz of chicken broth.

  2. V

    I notice lime juice and rotel in the picture but do not see them in the recipe… How much of these are needed? Thanks.

  3. Thea

    This looks and sounds delish! Question about products in photo, Rotel-did you add tomatoes, and the bright green container is? Thank you!

  4. Carpet cleaning Islington

    Great recipe! I have never thought I could put a rice into the chicken soup. I will try this for sure. Thanks for the step by step tutorial.

  5. Winnie

    This looks yummy. I just picked up 2 bottles of this hot sauce and a sack of rice this weekend, so I will give this a try! Thanks.

  6. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Happy Cinco de Mayo! Now I need to go make my self a bowl of this soup and enjoy the Mexican flavors!

  7. Stefanie

    I love love your blog and I would like to pin your recipes more often…..for months however, I’ve had a lot of trouble pinning them on both my phone and ipad. Thanks, I hope for lots of pinning in the future 🙂

      1. Jenny

        Thanks for letting me know Ellen. Can you tell me what browser you are using. It seems to be working on my end. Would love to send this info to my designer.

    1. Jenny

      Thanks for letting me know Stephanie. Can you tell me what browser you are using. It seems to be working on my end. Would love to send this info to my designer.

  8. cookbook queen

    My boys love chicken soup with rice…this is a fabulous variation!! And I’m all about any meal I can prep during baby naps 🙂

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