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Mexican Lime Soup with Chicken Recipe

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This Mexican Lime Soup with Chicken Recipe is soo good!  Perfect for cool fall weather.

lime soup with chicken

Mexican Lime Soup with Chicken Recipe

Brr…  We had a chilly little cold front blow through this morning. (I know this because I just spent the last 10 minutes chasing my garbage down the street in the wind and rain.)  I’m so thankful I dressed my kids warmly today.  I was kind of worried they would be too warm because, according to last night’s weather report, the front was not supposed to blow through until after lunch.

I’m glad we’re finally getting some cooler weather again. The weather pattern in Central Texas has been warm/cool/warm/warm/hot/muggy/cool for the last several weeks. 

The back and forth weather makes it more difficult to know how to dress your kids for school, not to mention all the lost jackets and sweaters…

Easy Mexican Lime Soup w/ Chicken recipe

Today will be the perfect day to serve this Mexican Lime Soup w/ Chicken. I made it a few weeks back and it was a big hit. My family is a fan of almost any recipe with Mexican flavors. I really liked how the lime flavor shines through, Yum!

The soup is really easy to throw together.  It’s made on the stovetop, and once you get the chicken cooking, you have a 40-minute window to clean the kitchen, do an exercise video (wink, wink) or in my case take the kids outside for some family bike riding.

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Easy Mexican Lime Soup with Chicken recipe


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Easy Mexican Lime Soup w/ Chicken recipe

Mexican Lime Soup with Chicken Recipe

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 50


Make a flavorful, no-fuss Chicken Lime Soup from scratch in just under an hour! This super satisfying soup is packed with cumin, onion, and flavorful green chiles. A squeeze of fresh lime juice adds some tangy flavor making it perfect any time of year. Top off this scrumptious meal with avocados, cheese, or a dollop of your favorite sour cream before serving – yummy!


  • 3 bone-in, chicken breast halves (Skin removed, about 2 lbs))
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 or 4 limes
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz diced green chilies
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 avocado, peeled (sliced or chopped)
  • Shredded Monterrey jack cheese

Optional toppings:

  • additional lime slices
  • avocado
  • tortilla strips
  • cilantro
  • sour cream


  1. Cut 1 lime into 4 to 6 wedges; set aside for serving. Juice as many of the remaining limes as needed to measure 1/4 cup.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with the salt and pepper.
  3. In a large soup pot, sauté the onion until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and diced chilies and cook for another minute or two
  4. Add the chicken, broth, water, lime juice cumin, salt and pepper to the onion mixture.
  5. Increase the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil, skimming off any foam that rises to the surface. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover partially and simmer until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle, about 40 minutes.
  6. Remove the chicken from the soup and shred. Gently stir the shredded chicken back into the soup.
  7. Serve topped with shredded cheese, avocado and additional limes


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  1. I just got home from a stay in Mexico where I had lime soup. It was delicious so I started to search for something similar to make at home. This sounds perfect. In Mexico they served it with tortilla strips, so I’m going to try that. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Martha rico says:

    I’d like to add hominy to the soup. What would be the cooking time?

  3. BrittanyG says:

    My brother went to Mexico to go scuba diving and came back with this recipe. Best ever!!!

  4. Laura Diaz says:

    I made this recipe and loved it. I have a binder cookbook for all my “go-to” recipes and wanted to add this one to it, but can’t find a way to print the recipe in a printer friendly version, and the way it currently prints, the Sharing options menu on the left side of the screen cuts off the recipe quantities. Any help?

    1. Hello, I am currently updating my recipes to the new format that allows printing. I will do this one right now. If you ever run into this again, you can go to printfriendly . com and paste the URL. It makes a pdf for printing and you can delete anything you dont want to print.

  5. I made this 1 year ago! Best soup I have ever tasted! Now I’m going to make it again.

  6. How could you add brown rice to this? Or when would you?

    1. You could add brown rice if you wish. I’ve never tried it, but you can always cook it separately and add it in when serving.

  7. How would you adjust the recipe if using boneless chicken breasts? Thanks!

    1. If you used boneless skinless chicken breasts you could probably reduce the cooking time of the chicken to about 20 minutes (depending on the size of the breasts-some of them are quite large.)

    2. Thank you so much for your help…and the delicious recipe! I made it today, and it is wonderful…and a big hit with the family. 🙂

    1. I used canned, but if you have fresh- use them!

  8. Yeah, sounds great. I'm going try it. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Hi Jamie,
    I just love the flavors of this soup. Hope you are having a great day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen