spicy chicken avocado soup

We have a love of most things that fall into the Mexican food category. For some of our family that also means very spicy! We most certainly inherited that from my mom and Makenna’s grandma. Possibly from being quite short & spunky? Spicy and spunky, pretty much the same thing we like to believe. Plus, the two words can almost always be used interchangeably!

My mom may have liked this avocado soup, but probably only if I didn’t tell her what was in it. She did not like avocados at all, or most foods for that matter! We’re pretty sure she had some form of celiacs. Many foods made her sick. From a young age she decided not to eat rather than deal with the pain. One thing she did live on was corn chips and salsa, the spicier the better! It was her food group as she called it and we all grew up enjoying the spicy flavors!

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Back to this avocado soup! It can be made as spicy or non spicy as you’d like. Just adjust the amount of jalapeno and chipotle chile flakes you add or completely omit! The chipotle does add some yummy smokiness to the flavor of the soup. So maybe adjust the jalapeno first and just go easy on the chile flakes? Your choice of course, start with a little and then adjust as your taste buds allow!

We use freshly roasted poblano peppers, often mismarked at grocery stores as pasilla peppers. You can certainly substitute a couple of 4oz cans of green chiles. If you haven’t tried roasting your own peppers, oh my! So much better than the canned variety – give it a try! We have instructions for roasting your own!

We like to top this soup with crunchy, fresh and bright flavors. Some of our favorites: sliced radishes, chopped green onions, chopped cilantro, diced tomatoes, diced avocado or plantain chips for some serious crunch! Don’t forget the squeeze of fresh lime juice and maybe a swirl of your favorite non dairy creamer! Enjoy!

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spicy chicken avocado soup

Recipe by MichelleCourse: Main DishCuisine: soupDifficulty: easy


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the perfect blend of creamy avocado, chicken with a subtle kick of heat


  • 1-2 tbls avocado oil (or fat of choice)

  • 1 cup chopped green onions (green & white parts) + more for garnish

  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, roughly chopped

  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and roughly chopped (omit if you don’t want it very spicey)

  • 6 cups chicken broth

  • 1 tsp Redmond Real Salt

  • 2 tsp cumin

  • 2 ripe avocados, diced + more for garnish

  • 1½-2 cups cooked, shredded chicken

  • 1-3 tsp chipotle chile flakes (opt) + more for garnish

  • juice of 2-3 limes + extra wedges for garnish

  • 2 roasted poblano peppers, seeded and chopped

  • handful of chopped fresh cilantro + more for garnish

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • optional garnish items
  • sliced radishes, diced tomatoes, diced avocado, swirl of coconut milk, chopped cilantro, plantain chips, more chipotle chile flakes, cotija cheese if you can tolerate a bit of dairy & don’t forget an extra squeeze of lime juice!


  • In a 5qt Dutch oven or stock pot, add avocado oil, green onions, garlic and jalapeno, saute until all items are soft and fragrant.
  • Add chicken broth, salt and cumin, let simmer for about 20 minutes, you have to let those flavors mingle!
  • Toss in avocado and use an immersion blender to puree until all avocado pieces are pureed and smooth. Alternately, if you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a blender in small amounts, hot liquids in a blender are volatile!
  • After avocados are completely smooth, add shredded chicken, chipotle chile flakes, lime juice, poblano peppers and chopped cilantro. Taste and add additional salt, pepper and/or lime juice.
  • Ladle into bowls and garnish with suggested toppings above, or simply eat as is…either way your mouth is gonna love this!


  1. Adalee Morgan

    Is there a nutritional breakdown on here? I want to make this sooo bad but I have to make sure I am staying in my macros 🙁

    • Not sure what the breakdown is Adalee ~ sorry about that. That kind of feature is currently available with our web page. There are several on line recipe converters available that might be able to help you out. ~Michelle

  2. Would this be good for making ahead or would the soup brown because of the avocado? Looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

    • Hi there Kara – so very sorry for the delayed reply! You can definitely make this soup ahead of time – warm it up slowly when it’s time to enjoy! ~Michelle

  3. Do you use the immersion blender in the soup pot?

    • Hi Lisa – yep! We use the immersion blender right in the soup pot – it’s a wonderful thing! Depending on how deep your pot is or not, you may need to lift one side up so that the bottom of the immersion blender is completely submerged. ~Michelle

  4. This is beyond delicious. I just made a batch this morning and it almost gone! Going out shortly to get ingredients to make more this evening. Yum

    • So happy you’re enjoying this recipe Barbie – it’s truly so tasty and is a family fav!!! Thanks for taking the time to come back and leave such a nice comment. We truly appreciate it! ~Michelle 😊

  5. This recipe will be on constant rotation in my meal planning! It is delicious!

  6. This soup is delicious! It will be on our menu often. Thank you!

  7. Lindsay Caldwell

    Is it possible to make this in a crock pot?

    • Hi Lindsay – not sure actually? Wondering if the chicken might get tough since it’s already cooked when you add it in? If you happen to try it out, please let us know how it turns out! ~Michelle

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  9. Amanda Cajuste

    This soup was amazing! The whole family loved it and asked for it to be added into the meal rotation. Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh YAY! So very happy your family enjoys this soup, we make it ALL the time & rarely have leftovers!! You’re most welcome & thanks for leaving such a nice comment!! ~Michelle

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  11. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My husband made this for dinner last night (subbed leftover pork for chx) and it was loved by all! Garnished with sour cream, lime, and cilantro. This will be in our permanent rotation from now on!

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