Chicken Tomatillo Soup

We have been crazy for soups all month. This soup is one I created about 5 years ago, just when I was starting to experiment more with Hispanic flavors. It’s close to a white chili, but a bit different. It’s full of tomatillos, white beans and lots of chicken. It’s seasoned with green chilies and smoky cumin, then it’s finished with lots of freshly chopped cilantro. It’s a really nice soup everyone will love. My family adores this soup, especially my young son, even though it’s a little on the spicy side.  I’ve kept this recipe a guarded secret for way too long, so today I am finally sharing it with all of you.

This soup was also featured on, along with 3 more amazing soup recipes I will be sharing very soon!

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Chicken Tomatillo Soup

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2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
2 lbs tomatillos, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, diced
1 - 4 oz can green chillies
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon coriander
1 - 14 oz can great norther beans, or other white bean
1 quart chicken stock
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro


Preheat a large soup pot. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Combine chopped chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to soup pot.
Add chopped onion and garlic. Cook over medium heat until chicken is no longer pink, and onions are tender, about 15 minutes.
When chicken is done, add green chillies, tomatillos, white beans and chicken stock. Add cumin and coriander.
Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer until tomatillos are very tender and broken apart, about 30 minutes.
Garnish soup with freshly chopped cilantro.

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  11 Responses to “Chicken Tomatillo Soup”

  1. Paula - bell'alimento — January 18, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    I love all your soup posts! Can’t wait to see the rest.

  2. Jessica — January 19, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    I don’t think I have ever been this excited over a soup. Chicken Tomatillo Soup? Seriously?! The color is stunning and I can’t wait to make it!

  3. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) — January 19, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    Bookmarking this one! I love tomatillos and don’t use them in soup often enough.

  4. Kristen — January 20, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    What a delicious soup and even more beautiful pictures!

  5. Sushi Las_Vegas — January 27, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    OMG !! Tomatillo is one thing that I can die for !! Actually …one OF the things 😛

  6. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — January 27, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    First the Vietnamese soup and now this! You really have me craving soup now 🙂

  7. Angela — January 29, 2012 @ 4:50 am

    hispanic flavors? you mean *mexican. other latin countries have totally different flavors.

    that aside, this looks delicious! definitely bookmarking this to try.

  8. D Murphy — February 5, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

    This sounds like my kind of soup! But what are tomatillos and is there a substitute?

  9. Maria — February 7, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    Love all your soups.. You simply rocks with these stuff.. 😛

  10. iPhone 5 — February 13, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

    delicious looking soups…:)

  11. jenny — May 4, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    why i every time fell hungry after visiting this site?

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