Chicken and Lime Soup

    1 hour 5 minutes

    This is a Mexican dish known as Sopa De Lima. It is very light and refreshing and you can adapt the amount of chilli to taste.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 9 cups (2 1/4 litres) chicken stock
    • 5 skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets
    • 1 large red onion, quartered
    • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 4 spring onions, chopped
    • 1 large chilli, seeded and chopped
    • 2 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
    • juice of 6 limes
    • 1/2 lime
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. Bring the chicken stock, chicken breasts, red onion, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper and thyme to a boil in a large pot; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the chicken breasts are no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the cooked chicken to a cutting board and shred into bite-sized strips; return to the simmering pot.
    2. Heat the oil in a frypan over medium heat; cook the spring onions and chilli in the hot oil until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir the tomatoes into the mixture and continue cooking until soft, about 5 minute more; pour the mixture into the pot with the chicken soup. Season with the salt; return the soup to a simmer. Add the lime juice and 1/2 a lime; cook another 10 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and remove the lime half; stir in the coriander to serve.

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    I sliced and sauteed the chicken with onion and garlic in a dutch oven then added some diced jalapeno, frozen corn, fresh carrots and celery. Added ground cumin, paprika, along with the oregano. Added clilantro and fresh parseley. I used both fresh lime juice and lime zest and was worried it would taste too strongly of lime, but it was just perfect. My husband couldn't get enough of it! With some low fat sour cream, tortilla chips and shredded cheddar it made for a wonderful lunch. Great with a cold beer or margarita!  -  10 Apr 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was very light and delicious! I did not have 6 limes so, I just grated some lime peel into the soup when I boiled the chicken and it turned out great! I love the stong lime flavor in this. I will make this again for sure! Thanks for the great recipe.  -  22 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    My husband and I absolutely loved this soup! I added one jalapeno (seeded and chopped). Served it with lowfat sour cream and queso fresco. Wonderful flavors and very filling!  -  23 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)