Chicken Tomatillo and Chile Soup

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By Nancy Buchanan



by Nancy Buchanan on October 16, 2011

My fingers are crossed, but I think (hah!) that we’ve seen the last of the hot weather here in So Cal… which means the soup pot is comin’ out. During the late spring and summer the soup pot (aka the dutch oven) takes a much needed vacation – to the garage.

But as soon s it gets below 80 degrees the vacation’s over and that pot goes back into the cupboard – rested and refreshed and ready for the marathon workout it gets during the fall and winter. I am a huge soup/chili/braised dish fan – I love that I can make these dishes in advance and leave them in the fridge ready to be re heated for a quick dinner. They are perfect for those nights when it seems everybody is on a different dinner schedule and you really aren’t up to cooking dinner three times in one night and yes “been there, done that” – have I mentioned that sometimes I am just a little crazy???

So, you can see why I am a  huge fan of stocks – chicken, vegetable, beef and veal.

Which can be a bit of a problem. My demand for stocks far outstrips not only my homemade supply, but also my storage capacity. There simply isn’t room in my freezer to hold all the  homemade stocks  I use for all these dishes. But I have a solution for that… Better than Boullion bases.

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I’ve been using  their chicken, beef and vegetable bases  for years and love the convenience. I can make as much stock as I need and can make it stronger or lighter and… the jar takes up minimal space in my refrigerator!

Now, I know it seems like the holidays have come early here at the Table with all the giveaways I’ve had lately… well, you guessed it, I have ANOTHER one for you this week – Better than Bouillon will be sending one lucky reader an assortment box of 6 stocks of their choice – so you have no excuse to not to whip up a pot of my braised Short Ribs or…. this Chicken Tomatillo and Chile Soup -which by the way is one of my new favorites and one of my better experiments. I was cleaning out the vegetable bin and had some tomatillos left over. Not enough of course to make a good salsa verde so I thought I’d make a chicken soup, add them in and see what happened.

Deliciousness happened. This soup makes a great change from the usual tomato based chicken soups I make and with the Better than Bouillon it could not be easier… its the perfect thing for a busy and blustery week night. Add some warm corn tortillas or cornbread and a little romaine salad with caesar dressing and you’ve got a great dinner – and if you are smart, make a little extra for lunch the next day!!!

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Chicken Tomatillo and Chile Soup


  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup roasted chiles
  • 4 tomatillos, husked and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. minced jalapeno
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp. chile powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • Avocado and cilantro for garnish


  1. In a large soup pot heat the canola oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, reduce heat to medium low and cover pot. Sweat the onion and garlic for about 5 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Add the chile powder and the cumin. Stir. Add the chicken stock, tomatillos, chiles and jalepeno. Bring mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until the tomatillos are soft. Add the corn and stir - cook for about 2 - 3 more minutes.
  2. Place some of the shredded chicken in each soup bowl. Ladle soup over chicken and garnish with avocado and cilantro. Serve
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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Barbara | Creative Culinary October 17, 2011 at 8:32 am

I love those little tomatilloes and yet have never used them for a lot beyond sauces; I know I would love this soup. It’s a bit too chilly here right now. I wish I had some of this soup!


Lucy Lean October 17, 2011 at 9:28 am

Love Better than Boullion – especially the veggie ‘chicken’ stock – your photos are as usual mouthwateringly good – want to dive right into that soup immediately and it’s breakfast! Best soup – French Onion Soup by Alain Ducasse in MADE IN AMERICA – biased ;)


aida mollenkamp October 17, 2011 at 11:03 am

What a great recipe to kick off SoCal soup season!


Esi October 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I think it’s going to warm up again next week (though I hope it stays cool). I could have this soup any time though!


Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] October 17, 2011 at 6:25 pm

My boyfriend loves Mexican style soups, so I must give this a try!


Sarah L October 18, 2011 at 12:32 am

I love lentil soup!


Sarah L October 18, 2011 at 12:33 am

I’m signed up for your RSS feed.

This looks like a great recipe. I love making green salsa, but I haven’t put tomatillos in soup yet.


Marla October 18, 2011 at 5:25 am

Nancy, I love Better Than Boullion & use it all the time. Great soup & giveaway. Sign me up for both. I have many favorite soups but a classic chicken noodle sounds great right now :)


Marla October 18, 2011 at 5:26 am

I follow you on Twitter :)


Lana @ Never Enough Thyme October 18, 2011 at 5:42 am

What a fabulous soup! I love tomatillos but have never cooked with them – just fresh sauces. I’d love to give this a try.

My favorite soup has to be a traditional vegetable-beef soup. With lots of tomatoes and a dark, rich beef stock. Yum.


Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Now you are making me hungry!!


Cat A. October 18, 2011 at 6:45 am

Hi Nancy,

Chicken Tomatillo Soup! That is my favorite, I love the tang of the tomatillo countered by roasti-ness (is that a word:) of the chicken.


Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Definitely a term – and I agree!!


Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence October 18, 2011 at 7:33 am

I am feeling a little under the weather at the moment, so this soup is looking really good to me right now :) I enjoy a good roasted tomato soup. I am actually posting about it today!

PS. I am already following you on Twitter and RSS.

Thanks for the giveaway!


Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Hi Brandon,
Sorry you aren’t feeling well :-( Def. will have to check out your roasted tomato soup – another fav of my too!


Lora @cakeduchess October 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I use Better than Bouillon all year round. My new favorite is their vegetable Bettern than Bouillon. My favorite soup is pasta e ceci:)Your soup looks fantastic:)


Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Hi Lora!! I love the vegetable stock too – pasta e ceci – I love that soup, especially in the fall. Sounds like my old soup pot is going to get quite a workout this fall/winter!


Linda October 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I’ve been a fan of Better Than Bouillon for years now. Our family favorite soup is Polish Chicken Noodle Soup with Kluski. It goes back several generations and is a valuable part of our family’s food traditions.


Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Oooh… now that sounds delicious!! I love recipes that span generations – they are, without fail, always good and always seem to start great conversations!


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I’ve been waiting for the chance to get the soup pot out too, I think maybe you’re right it seems like fall might just be settling in here.


Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I hope you are right Sylvie – I am so ready for cooler weather!


mjskit October 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

What an absolutely delicious soup! You know I love anything with chiles, so this soup really looks good to me. I love it that you added the tomatillos! That’s such an underutilized fruit that complements chile perfectly! Great recipe!


Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Thanks MJ!!! I agree – tomatillos are truly wonderful and there aren’t that many recipes that use them outside of salsas and sauces!!


Linda Leitheiser November 14, 2011 at 10:08 am

Still love a good old fashioned Chicken Dumpling Soup!


Rachel (teacher-chef) November 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I wish I would have had this recipe over the summer when I had lots of tomatillos. I totally enjoyed all of my Salsa Verde but this sounds like a great change of pace!!

I think that my favorite (or at least my “go-to”) ‘soup’ is a white chicken chili – so easy and tasty and easy to adapt!!


Carrie December 24, 2012 at 5:54 am

Going to try this tonite. sounds great! A nice addition would be a can or two of hominy. Martha Stewart has a fabulous chicken hominy soup recipe that is really delicious and very easy, particularly when you have some leftover chicken handy.


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