Low Carb Mexican Chicken Soup

So people keep telling me it’s Spring now.  I DON’T BELIEVE THEM.  I’m freezing my butt off and it’s barely going to get out of the 20’s today.  It’s March 28th my friends, and I find this unacceptable.  What happened to “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb?”


This transition from South Carolina to New York has been pretty easy other than adjusting to the weather.  My friends in SC are posting pictures of their kids swimming in the pool already, and we’re still watching guys ice fishing on the lake out back.

Think I’m exaggerating?

I give you Exhibit A – I literally just got up from the computer and shot this from the back door.  Those specks out on the lake?  Ice fisherman.  Apparently that’s a thing here.  Cozy, right?

I can pretty much guarantee that you will never find me sitting on a 5 gallon bucket on a frozen lake, exposed to the wind and elements with a fishing pole in my hand.

If I want some fish, I’ll drive down to the grocery store and choose from the wide variety they have on ice behind the counter – already cleaned by the way.  I’ll probably get a giant coffee while I’m there and drink it on the way home, with my seat warmers on the hell fire setting and the heat blasting full force.

Then I’ll put it in the fridge for later and help myself to some of this soup.  Because I deserve it for having to go outside at all in this frozen wasteland.  And so do you.

Whether you’ve got hungry ice fishermen in your life, or you’re just sick of being cold like I am, this soup will warm you all the way through.

It’s spicy enough to make your nose run, but not enough to burn your tongue off.  You can adjust it by using more or less of the habaneros.  As an added bonus, it’s super easy to make, with very little chopping involved.

Soup will always taste better made with homemade stock, but you can definitely get away with store bought chicken broth for this one if necessary, because it’s got so many other flavorful ingredients in it.

To make it even easier, you can pick up a rotisserie chicken on your way home and just shred it up to throw in this soup – you can have it ready to eat in just 30 minutes!  Did I mention it’s only 100 calories a bowl – that’s another nice bonus!

In the past I’ve used cauliflower to stand in for potatoes in low carb soup recipes – and it works ok.  Let me tell you though, I tried celery root in this one because I had some leftover after making this fantastic low carb Rosti, and it was amazing!

So hearty and starchy feeling that you’ll think you’re eating real potatoes!  I threw in some fresh corn because I like the flavor, but it does add a few carbs so I’m going to list it as optional garnish.

If you omit the corn, this low carb soup recipe is also Paleo, and depending on what tomatillo salsa you use (no MSG, Carageenan, or sweeteners), it’s also Whole 30 compliant.

Either way, it’s delicious and satisfying – especially if you’re coming in from the cold.

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Ingredients :

  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded or chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 cup celery root, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 four ounce can chopped green chilis
  • 1/3 cup tomatillo salsa (salsa verde)
  • 1/2 tsp minced habanero
  • 1/2 cup scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

Instructions :

  1. Combine the chicken broth, chicken, celery root, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, green chilis, tomatillo salsa, and habaneros in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Add the cilantro and scallions right before serving. Garnish with fresh corn, sour cream, lime juice, or more cilantro and scallions if desired.

Written by Healthy Cat

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