Paleo Chicken Tortilla Soup

Well sort of… It’s paleo chicken tortilla soup, hold the tortillas. “Paleo chicken soup” sounded sort of bland and boring so I left tortilla in the title. It’s still got all the good mexican flavors of cumin and chili powder that a chicken tortilla soup should have but without those non-paleo tortillas.


    • 2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
    • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil/Coconut Oil/Butter
    • 1-½ teaspoon Cumin
    • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
    • ½ teaspoons Garlic Powder
    • ½ teaspoons Salt
    • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil or Butter
    • 1 cup Diced Onion
    • 1/2 cup Diced Green Bell Pepper
    • 1/2 cup Red Bell Pepper
    • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
    • 14 oz can diced Tomatoes
    • 4 oz can diced green chilies
    • 32 ounces Chicken Broth (homemade is best, but if you have to buy it read your ingredients. I like Pacific brand)
    • 3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
    • 4 cups Hot Water


    • Diced Avocado
    • Diced Red Onion
    • Salsa Or Pico De Gallo
    • Cilantro

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix cumin, chili pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil (or melted coconut oil or butter) on chicken breasts, then sprinkle a small amount of spice mix on both sides. Set aside the rest of the spice mix.

Place chicken breasts on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until chicken is done. Use two forks to shred chicken. Set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil in a pot over medium high heat. Add onions, red pepper, green pepper, and minced garlic. Stir and begin cooking, then add the rest of the spice mix. Stir to combine, then add shredded chicken and stir.

Add in tomatoes, green chiles, chicken broth, tomato paste and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 50-60 minutes, uncovered.

Check seasonings, adding more if needed—add more chili powder if it needs more spice, and be sure not to under salt. Turn off heat and allow to sit for 1o or so minutes before serving.

Ladle into bowls, then top with diced red onion, diced avocado, pico de gallo, if you have it! (The garnishes really make the soup delicious.)



  1. Thank you so much for posting! Chicken Tortilla Soup is my all time favorite, and I have been missing it since starting Paleo.

  2. Looks great! I’m gonna try it. Why not call it Chicken No-tilla Soup?

  3. I made this soup with the rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods (didn’t have time to bake my chicken last night) and then used my pressure cooker to cut down on the simmering time.
    This soup is ridiculously good. I am not joking, it turned out just perfect! And I don’t always do well following recipes (case in point, I tried making Persimmon Chicken from the Everyday Paleo site, and it didn’t turn out that great), so kudos, Alima! Awesome recipe.
    BTW, I also made mayo last night (Julia Child’s recipe). I think my arm almost fell off trying to whisk that thing, but I made it through and now I have Paleo mayo! What I’m gonna use it for, I’m not exactly sure (not a big mayo eater), except to make chicken salad? So if anyone wants some mayo, I got a jar… 🙂

  4. Sara Marquart says:

    I’m new to Paleo; however I think I found a really good soup that would qualify…Parsnip & Ginger Soup! Made it last night, and it was super easy and awesome. I’ll give it to you now, and if it doesn’t fit within Paleo please let me know how it could be.
    2 carrots/2 stalks celery/1 3/4 lbs parsnips/2 garlic cloves/thumbsize of ginger/2 med onions/chicken stock
    Peel & rough cut all veggies; and saute in 1-2 TBS olive oil..while this is happening heat the chicken stock. Once veggies are softened, but have not lost there shape..mix the veggies with the stock. Bring to boil; once there let simmer 10 minutes. Once ready; use an immersion blender or regular blender to make smooth & serve. They suggest placing some cilantro on the top, but I didn’t and it was still good.
    Yummy stuff!

  5. Hey Sara! Sounds delicious! I’ll definitely have to try it. Here’s my one note: If you use store bought chicken stock, make sure to read all the ingredients. Many contain sugar, corn starch, MSG (monosodium glutamate), etc and are not paleo-friendly. I like to make my own when I can, but if you can’t there are options out there that are paleo friendly you just have to check the ingredients. I reccomend looking at Whole Foods, as I’ve never found any chicken stock at Publix, Wal Mart, etc that was paleo-friendly.
    Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any questions

  6. Umm.. the ingredients/instructions stopped after Olive Oil…… 🙁