Whether it’s for a healthy lunch meal prep or quick and easy weeknight dinner, this low calorie chicken tortilla soup is the perfect solution when you’re not sure what to make. It is easy enough to throw together in a pinch with some pantry and fridge staples, and also delicious enough for the whole family to enjoy. Even though this recipe is lower calorie, you can adjust your serving size to meet your nutrition goals, or pair this with a filling sandwich or salad for a complete meal.
What you’ll need to make this low calorie chicken tortilla soup
To make this soup, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- garlic cloves
- non-stick cooking spray
- tomato paste
- fire roasted tomatoes
- diced green chiles
- chicken broth
- raw chicken breast
- chili powder
- kosher salt
- corn tortillas
- I use this brand for a lower calorie and lower WW point option: Extra Thin Yellow Corn Tortillas – Mission Foods
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How to make this easy recipe for low calorie chicken tortilla soup
From start to finish, this recipe takes about half an hour to complete, which makes it an easy weeknight meal for the entire family to enjoy, or an easy meal prep lunch for one. This recipe makes 5 servings at one cup each.
To start, chop the onion and mince the garlic. In a large pot or Dutch oven, add olive oil spray and the onion. Saute the onion for about five minutes or until it is tender. Next, add the garlic and saute until just fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Then, add the tomato paste and stir to combine. Once combined, add the tomatoes, diced green chiles, chicken broth, and the spices. Stir this mixture until it is evenly distributed, and bring the liquid to a boil. Once boiling, add in the raw chicken breasts. Simmer until the chicken is fully cooked with an internal temperature of 165F (this will take about 20 minutes).
Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove the chicken and set on a plate. Using two forks, shred the chicken breast and return it to the pot. Add the juice of the lime, the cilantro, and the cut corn tortillas. Simmer the soup for a little longer or until the tortillas are dissolved. Taste for seasoning.
What makes this recipe low calorie?
This recipe is inherently low calorie, and only 1 WW point per serving. All of the ingredients are zero WW points, aside from the corn tortillas, which makes this super easy to work into any WW day. It makes a filling lunch, with enough room in points to add a sandwich or salad on the side! The recipe is low calorie, since it is mostly vegetable based with lean chicken breast. The recipe gets its flavor from the spices, lime juice and herbs that are incorporated into the simple soup base.
Low Calorie Chicken Tortilla Soup
- dutch oven or large pot
- olive oil spray
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 14.5 oz fire roasted diced tomatoes, 1 can
- 4 oz diced green chilis, canned
- 32 oz chicken broth
- 1 lb chicken breast, raw
- 1/2 tbsp cumin
- 1/2 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 4 corn tortillas, Used: Mission Extra Thin Corn Tortillas
- Preheat the dutch oven or large pot over medium heat.
- Chop the onion; mince the garlic.
- Add olive oil spray to the pot, and add the chopped onion.
- Saute for 5 minutes or until tender.
- Add the minced garlic and saute for another 1-2 minutes or until just fragrant (careful not to burn).
- Add the tomato paste and stir to combine.
- Pour in the fire roasted tomatoes, diced green chilis, and chicken broth. Add in the cumin, chili powder, paprika, and salt. Stir to combine.
- Increase the heat to medium high, and bring the liquid to a boil.
- Place the chicken breasts into the boiling liquid, and reduce to medium heat. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through to 165F.
- Remove the chicken and set aside on a plate; shred using two forks.
- Return the chicken back to the pot. Add the juice of the lime, and the cilantro.
- Tear or cut the tortillas into smaller pieces and stir them in and simmer until they dissolve.
- Serve with sour cream, cheese, tortilla chips, and more cilantro, if desired.