Chicken Tomatillo Soup

Chicken Tomatillo Soup

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Soup is a great way to fit a lot of vegetables into a meal. And this chicken tomatillo soup is one of our favorites. It’s rich and savory with just the right amount of spice. Perfect to warm you up on a cold day. Made with roasted tomatillos, chicken, cabbage, onions. It’s like chicken chili verde turned into a soup and is incredibly delicious when topped with a little Greek yogurt and avocado!

chicken tomatillo soup topped with Greek yogurt and avocado

The first time we made this soup we actually did use leftovers. We had some leftover chicken chili verde and cabbage and onion and I combined the two into a soup. But it was so good that we decided we had to come up with an actual recipe to make it again and again. So we created this hearty, healthy, delicious soup.

Roasting Tomatillos

roasted tomatillos and jalaeno for chicken tomatillo soup

We like to make everything fresh here so we roast our own tomatillos, but if you can’t find them fresh, you can usually find canned cooked tomatillos. In that case, you will only have to roast the jalapeno. Tomatillos are little green tomatoes with a papery outer skin and are common in Mexican cuisine. They can almost always be found at specialty Mexican grocery stores in the US if your usual store doesn’t have them.  You have to peel off that outer skin and then wash them before roasting. They’re usually kind of sticky. Then you just space them out on a baking sheet with a jalapeno and broil until they start to char. At this point, if you put them in a blender with some garlic and onion you would have a great salsa verde.

chicken tomatillo soup in the pot cooking

But we’re making a soup so we’ll leave the onion sliced to cook in the soup with everything else. For this recipe, we use that tomatillo sauce to cook our chicken thighs and form the base for the broth. So to start this soup you add the sauce and chicken thighs to a pot with a lid and cook over medium heat until the chicken is tender and can be easily cut up or pulled apart. Then, you add everything else to the pot and cook until it’s all tender and delicious.

chicken tomatillo soup served in bowls

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Chicken Tomatillo Soup
A recipe for chicken tomatillo soup made with chicken, tomatillos, cabbage, onion, garlic, and jalapeno.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
  1. Preheat oven to high broil. Peel off outer skin of tomatillos, wash, and place them on a baking sheet along with the jalapeno. Broil for 5-10 minutes until the tops are starting to get charred. Remove from the oven and let them cool down a bit.
  2. Add roasted tomatillos and jalapeno to a blender along with the garlic and blend into a smooth sauce.
  3. Add chicken thighs to a soup pot with tomatillo sauce. Cover and turn heat up to medium. Cook for 15-20 minutes until chicken is tender.
  4. Remove from heat and using two forks, or a fork and knife, break chicken thighs up into bite-sized chunks.
  5. Return pot to medium heat and add cabbage, onion, stock, and seasonings and stir to combine evenly. Cook for 30-40 minutes until cabbage is tender.
  6. (Optional) Serve topped with plain Greek yogurt and diced avocado. Cilantro and jalapeno and also great toppings for this soup!
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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Amy says:

    Wow! This looks amazing! Your cooking skills are so impressive.

  2. Katerina says:

    What a lovely hearty soup!

  3. Carol says:

    Yum, so tasty! Thanks for the recipe.

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