Feb 9, 2010

Chicken and Avocado Soup




Avocados, chicken, scallions and cilantro in a light broth with a touch of lime. If you are an avocado lover like me, you'll love this soup. This is easy to prepare, just have all your ingredients diced and chopped before you start. If you don't have shredded chicken, you can cook 2 chicken breast halves in the broth for 15-20 minutes, then shred with a fork (don't overcook). If you prefer dark meat, thighs work great too. Serve tortilla chips or white rice on the side.

Chicken and Avocado Soup
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes 
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 bowl Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 7 pts
Calories: 285.8 • Fat: 16.8 g Carb: 14.4 g Fiber: 7.5 g Protein: 22.1 g  


Ingredients:
  • 5 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded chicken breast
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups scallions, chopped fine
  • 2 small ripe hass avocados, diced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped fine
  • 4 lime wedges
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt + fresh pepper to taste
  • pinch cumin
  • pinch chipotle chile powder (optional)
Directions:
In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add 1 cup of scallions and garlic. Sauté about 2 minutes then add tomatoes and sauté another minute, until soft. Add chicken stock, cumin and chile powder and bring to a boil. Simmer, covered on low for about 15-20 minutes.

In four bowls, fill each with 1/2 cup chicken, 1/2 avocado, remainder of the scallions, and cilantro. Ladle 1 cup chicken broth over the chicken and serve with a lime wedge.

127 comments :

  1. This is a classical soup in México! Excellent for cold days.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Gina that looks and sounds absolutely delicious!!! I WILL be trying this soon!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I can't wait to try this. I love avocado and chicken so much!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I just love your blog! What a great place! My sister and I just started a weight watchers blog. Please stop by and visit us.
    w8watchinsisters@blogspot.com
    I would love to add a link to yours if thats ok because you have some great stuff here :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love avocado in my soup! It's a latin thing!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Sounds delicious - and yes, I am an avocado lover like you.

    ReplyDelete
  7. @Sondra- Thanks...Sure, you can add a link. Good luck with your blog.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I made this vegan just by ommiting the chicken and chicken broth and using portabella mushroom and veggie broth in its place. My family (who are NOT vegans) said it was fantastic and want it again, even the 6 year old! Thanks for the great recipe! :)

      Delete
  8. Oh YUM! And I have everything to make it except cilantro. I'll have to go to the store when this crazy snow storm ends. Maybe tomorrow!

    ReplyDelete
  9. This looks AMAZING! I will HAVE to make it this week with all the snow we are getting up here in New England!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE this recipe! This soup looks incredibly delicious Gina!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Gina, Thank you so much for your blog. I am addicted!! I check it daily and plan my meals for the week around your recipes! Just had the Crock Pot Chicken Chilli for dinner- SUPER !

    ReplyDelete
  12. Gina-

    I can not tell you how much I absolutely love your website!! I've told all of my friends because EVERY RECIPE I have tried on your website is delicious!! And I've tried 4-5 or them! My boyfriend and I take turns every week choosing which recipe we want to do next! Thank you for making a website that has healthy food and that is easy enough for newbies like myself to follow!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Yummy! I like to make different soup, thanks for such delicious recipe. Classic soup! I would like to make it with meal.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wow I never heard of an avacado soup, it sounds wonderful and different. I'll give it a try!

    ReplyDelete
  15. sounds great! I bet it would be tasty with shrimp in place of chicken too.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I'm trying this one tonight! The weather calls for something just like this and a short trip to the grocery and it's done. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  17. @Missy- this would be great in the crockpot! The chicken literally falls apart when cooked in the crock pot.

    @itsmerosaly- thank you!!! I only publish the recipes we love in my house. If it's just ok, you will never see it here!

    @cara- or fish!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Made this today...perfect soup for a cold snowy day. Very flavorful....thanks for ALL your wonderful recipes!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thanks for this delicious website! I have tried 5 recipes in the last week since I found it & every one has been spot on. Even my hubby & son have liked everything I've made from here & never realized it was WW friedly!
    This soup is on my list of ones I want to make next - I think I'll make it for dinner Fri.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I made this soup tonight--it was delicious! Thanks for the idea. I've made two of your recipes so far and I've only been subscribed a week. Thanks!

    -Gina

    ReplyDelete
  21. Love to hear good reviews!! Thanks for leaving a comment!!

    ReplyDelete
  22. This sounds WONDERFUL and I've got two avocados on my counter that are begging to be used! ~Mary

    ReplyDelete
  23. Love this chicken avocado soup recipe. Looks very tasty. Will try soon.

    Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com
    Walnut Creek, Ca

    ReplyDelete
  24. I found your site on stumbleUpon today, and *had* to try this recipe. I susbstituted veggie broth for the chicken broth and chickpeas for the chicken to make this vegetarian. It has wonderful flavor, and is very filling.

    -Leigh

    ReplyDelete
  25. Thanks for sharing how to make this into a vegetarian meal!

    ReplyDelete
  26. OH MY GOODNESS!!! I just finished making this for lunch and it was delish. I added a little rice in the soup and added a little more kick. It was SOOO good. I have made so many of your recipes and they NEVER disappoint. Thank you for helping me cook healthy =)

    ReplyDelete
  27. Your welcome! Rice is a great idea to make this a little heavier. I like the rice on the side, I take a spoon of rice with a little soup, yum!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Just made this soup tonight!! WONDERFUL is all I can say!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Made this soup it was fantastic and easy! Thanks for posting the recipe.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Isn't it great? So easy!

    ReplyDelete
  31. My mom sent to me to your site Friday. It's now two days later and we've already had two Gina WW dinners. This was the second and my family absolutely loved it. My partner said it was like something he'd have in a restaurant. The lime makes the meal, seriously.

    I sauted the veggies earlier today. I put them, the chicken, the seasoning, and the broth in the crock pot to cook all day. When I served it I included Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice to the options to add to the bowl. Rave reviews from the boys in the house. Thanks, Gina!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Awesome!! The crockpot is perfect for this soup!! And Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice is the perfect side dish!! You're welcome :)

    ReplyDelete
  33. This is my third day in a row having this for lunch. I have your crockpot stock portioned into freezer bags, few minutes in the microwave, chop up some avocado, the broth is so flavorful I've even had it without the chicken, just the broth & avocado. YUM!

    ReplyDelete
  34. I agree Kari, just as good without the chicken as a lighter soup.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Made this tonight! Awesome!!! My family loved it and I thought it was pretty easy to make. Thanks for the recipe!

    -Caroline

    ReplyDelete
  36. My husband declared this, 'definitely a do-over' meaning he REALLY liked it! Thank you!!

    ReplyDelete
  37. I made this soup a couple days ago, and it was delicious! However I am the only one in my house eating it, as my husband deems avocados as icky(poor him). Would the leftovers be ok to freeze?

    ReplyDelete
  38. You can freeze it without the avocado. My daughter eats this soup without the avocado, so maybe he would like it without, as a first course.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Made this today....it was delicious!!!! And so easy to make...it literally took 20 minutes. Will definitely make again!

    ReplyDelete
  40. What a delicious and easy meal for a weekday! It was so good!

    ReplyDelete
  41. This soup looks so good, and just like the soups served in Mexico! I'm not big on avocado--any suggestions for an alternate? Tomatillos?

    ReplyDelete
  42. @Bridgett, not sure if it would be tart with tomatillos, you could leave the avocado out and maybe add some crushed tortillas.

    ReplyDelete
  43. This recipe is fantastic. I cooked it for the first time tonight. I added a jalapeno to add some kick. Thank you for this blog; it makes me so happy.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Nice idea Laura!! You're welcome!!! I have some shredded chicken and avocados at home, guess what I'm having for dinner tonight!

    ReplyDelete
  45. I love your website. I make your recipes a lot btw I would totally buy a cook book by you. Do you have one? Anyways I have a question. You use broth a lot and where I buy broth it is 3 to 4 dollars per recipe I make. I was wondering if there is a cheaper way to do broth? maybe the bouillon cubes.

    ReplyDelete
  46. I had some dental work done this week; I was looking for a soup with some slight, but easily chewed texture when I came across your blog. This soup is absolutely fabulous - I switched out the chicken for some firm tofu which I cut into tiny cubes. OMG You made me so happy!!!! This was beyond delicious. My first attempt at chewing was so worth it!!! Thank you, Gina for taking the time to host such an amazing blog.

    ReplyDelete
  47. I don't have a cookbook yet, but I do hope to have one in the future. I make my own chicken broth, sometimes I use canned broth, and sometimes a bullion cube works if I have nothing else.

    ReplyDelete
  48. @Anonymous - You're welcome! I never thought of using tofo but great idea for vegans.

    ReplyDelete
  49. This is what I know as tortilla soup (since tortilla chips are served with it) and I have been looking for a recipe like this! Thanks so much for sharing! You are a kind person to do all of this work!

    ReplyDelete
  50. I made it last night, AMAZING! And so easy to make! I had no chile powder handy so I added some sriacha instead, gave it a great kick! My husband loved it. Thank you! You're amazing, can't wait to make something else tomorrow!

    Jasmine

    ReplyDelete
  51. Would this soup keep well for a few days? Avocado turns brown after a couple hours so would this soup be gross on day 2?

    Thanks, Heather

    ReplyDelete
  52. Yes, it would keep well. You don't add the avocado until you are ready to eat it.

    ReplyDelete
  53. I would love to see this updated for points plus!

    ReplyDelete
  54. Amazing! I was so excited to make this and was NOT disappointed!

    ReplyDelete
  55. I too know this as tortilla soup, and it's been one of my cold-weather staples since long before I started weight watchers. I just made a huge batch in my crock-pot last night. I love how filling it is! I add frozen corn and halved jalapeno and/or serrano peppers to mine as well, and a can of ro-tel rather than tomatoes. I never thought to add lime juice, I'll have to try that!

    ReplyDelete
  56. I substituted a drained can of Rotel for the tomato. It added an extra "zing". Love this recipe! I really appreciate your website, too!

    ReplyDelete
  57. Very tasty! I had some pork broth leftover from making carnitas and used that as a start to this recipe and it was very flavorful! It did remind me of tortilla soup so I crushed some on top at the end. Thanks for the yummy idea and the inspiration. There are many other recipes I have bookmarked to try from you. I've been cooking up a storm lately!

    ReplyDelete
  58. Crushed tortillas I bet was perfect in this soup! Have a great day.

    ReplyDelete
  59. We made this tonight and it was delicious! We added Vermicelli noodles to make it a bit heartier. Thumbs up for sure!

    ReplyDelete
  60. Gina, this is the very first thing I made from your site. It is so good...I have it at least once a week. My friends and I get together once a week and share weight watchers recipes and a meal. We so love your recipes! Please keep them coming and thanks for helping us out.

    ReplyDelete
  61. Hello from Aus! Saw a link to your site on WeddingBee and have bookmarked so many new recipes to try. My fiance said this is his favorite soup ever...I've made it twice in 7 days now. We also loved the lentil and chicken soup. Thanks for sharing, you're making my upcoming Hawaiian vacation/wedding diet easy!

    ReplyDelete
  62. Great!! Good luck to you on your wedding day!

    ReplyDelete
  63. Gina,this recipe is BRILLIANT. I mean, like stellar! So simple to make, so filling and satisfying! My blog-mate Sharon and I are kind of obsessed with your recipes right now--each one we try just keeps getting better. Our husbands even like them, too!

    Thanks for helping me eat healthier in a fabulous way!

    ReplyDelete
  64. Thanks Tristin, that really means a lot to me!! And yes, this is so simple, yet so good!!

    ReplyDelete
  65. This soup is AMAZING!!!! I can't wait to try more from your site! BTW, I'm suddenly addicted to browsing through your recipes!

    ReplyDelete
  66. Holy Cow!!! So good!

    ReplyDelete
  67. Hi Gina,
    I just made your soup! I don't usually eat soup, but I thought it would be a healthy snack/ appetizer to try out. It tastes wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  68. Gina, this soup make my day! I just made some for lunch and my husband and I both loved it. I added about half a cup of rice once it was served and it was great! Thank you so much for the amazing recipes :)

    ReplyDelete
  69. This soup is bien sabroso! I like the original but I add pozole (hominy) to bulk it up for a main dinner course. Then it also smells like corn! so that's pretty awesome as far as I'm concerned. thanks gina!

    ReplyDelete
  70. I haven't had hominy in years!

    ReplyDelete
  71. Just finished having this soup, it was absolutely delicious!!

    ReplyDelete
  72. We just had this soup last night. It was awesome! So easy. Wanted to mention how much the cilantro and lime really make the flavor pop. Also, the only thing I might add next time is green chilies (being from NM and all, we add them to pretty much everything).

    I had to tell you that I've pretty much planned out the next two weeks worth of dinners with all your meals. I love how flavorful they all sound. :)

    ReplyDelete
  73. 1 bowl?? How much would you say that should be? I wish I trusted myself but if you say 1 bowl I'll look for the largest bowl in my house and call it good. HAHA!!

    ReplyDelete
  74. I have tried about 7 different recipes from your site in the last 2 weeks, and every single one of them have been delicious! I made this soup today and I have one word...HEAVEN! Thanks for the great recipes and ideas!

    ReplyDelete
  75. YUM YUM! I added some green chiles and brown rice..... it was great just like all your recipes!

    ReplyDelete
  76. I absolutely love this recipe. It's so simple yet so delicious and filling!

    ReplyDelete
  77. I had a soup like this at a luxury resort in Mexico. It was the best soup I had ever tasted. I hesitate to say it...yours may be better!

    ReplyDelete
  78. can you tell me how i would do this in crockpot? I am in class from 7-4 but would love to start it and have it ready when i get home? But im not sure do i cook the chicken first or put it in raw. I am afraid im not much of a cook but this looks very yummy and as a nursing student who tends to snack at my desk for 8 hrs i would love to eat it when i got home

    ReplyDelete
  79. I tried to make it mine didn't come out well not giving up.

    ReplyDelete
  80. Since you use half an avocado for each bowl, how do I keep the other half of the avocado good (not brown) for the next day's lunch? I love avocado. I would eat this for lunch and dinner for two days! Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  81. Saw this recipe when I was first looking at your site and fell in love with it. Finally made it and I'm in love all over again. So easy and SO delicious! Thank you!!

    ReplyDelete
  82. I finally tried this and it is AMAZING!!! It almost tastes like my moms. Delicious, delicious and delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  83. for and avocado to keep it's color and not brown I put plastic wrap on it as soon as I cut it, just make sure you don't leave any air bubbles, the plastic should be completely against the "meat" of the avocado, also leave the pit in, will keep the center from browning! Also try lime juice!!

    ReplyDelete
  84. I made this last night, and LOOOOVED it, I love avocados.. I've been wanting a friend of mine's delicious tortilla soup recipe and I saw this and it looked very similar and turned out to taste identical! I added probably a little extra seasoning, a little onion powder and extra cumin. Thanks for all of your fabulous recipes!

    ReplyDelete
  85. Made this today! Soooooooooooooooooo good!!! Put it on Pinterest alraedy! :)

    ReplyDelete
  86. We LOVED this soup. Very yummy, and full of Mexican flavor. Next time, I plan on doubling the recipe :) Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  87. Just made this for supper. nummm

    ReplyDelete
  88. I made this for the first time a couple nights ago. It was SO good!!! Wonderful flavor! I didn't have the cilantro on hand but next time I will try it with cilantro. Muy delicioso!!!

    ReplyDelete
  89. I've made dozens and dozens of your recipes, but I have to say, this is the best thing I've ever made of yours...likely the best soup I have ever made, period. You should see the number of "Skinny Taste" recipes I have in my kitchen.....you need to do a book!!!

    ReplyDelete
  90. Thank you SO much for all your awesome recipes. I made this for my family and we all devoured it. So much flavor and easy to make. Next time, I will have to make a double batch :)
    Your recipes are the best, and they're wonderful and low in Points for me.

    ReplyDelete
  91. I've made four of your recipes in the last week and am loving all your recipes! I love that they are really pretty easy to make as well with not a huge list of ingredients, yet still very tasty! Thank you so much, I'm always excited to get your email update to see what's cooking!

    ReplyDelete
  92. Another delicious recipe! Your food is amazing! Thank you again!

    ReplyDelete
  93. Oh my goodness Gina, this might be the best recipe I've had from your blog yet. I've always liked cilantro but never really cooked with it until finding your blog. Avacado & cilantro is amazing, and the lime really just makes it.

    Wow.

    Thanks so much!

    ReplyDelete
  94. I finally made this soup! It was delicious and I commented about it in my recent blog post:

    http://www.femme-fitale.com/2012/04/date-with-stair-monster.html

    Thank you for all of your amazing recipes!

    ReplyDelete
  95. I have NEVER had a soup more delicious than this one! This is going to be a staple in my house. At least once a week!

    ReplyDelete
  96. So delicious! I can't wait to try more recipes!

    ReplyDelete
  97. This was soooo good. I made it last night. When I entered it into the recipie builder on WW web site they said it is 10 points+ per serving.

    ReplyDelete
  98. I just found your website and I am so in love! These recipes all look delicious, easy to make, and healthy. I can't tell you how excited I am to expand my menu (I'm sure my husband will be just as excited)!

    ReplyDelete
  99. Hi Gina!

    Love this soup so much! Not sure how you get 14 carbs though. I do low carb and I don't see the 14 carbs in one serving.... A whole avocado has 4-5 carbs and 1/4 cup of tomatoes has almost 5. Am I missing something?

    I live on this soup so I thought I had better ask!

    ReplyDelete
  100. Just made this! So yummy! Delish Delish Delish! <3 your website!

    ReplyDelete
  101. Just made this for sick hubby and he gobbled it up. I ate it too, delicious! Thanks once again Gina! :)

    ReplyDelete
  102. Does this freeze well or is this more of a make & eat kind of soup? Will it hold for up to like 4 or 5 days? It's late tonight but in a cooking mode and looking for having this later on in the week but wanting to make it ahead of time. Thanks!! So excited - I pinned this and so many people at work saw it and got excited too!

    ReplyDelete
  103. Made this for my family (husband and three small boys) and it was a huge hit. Everyone keeps asking when I am going to make it again! Great with corn chips on the side. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  104. This was really good! Made it last night for myself ( My little family won't come over to the healthy side yet, still working on them lol ) && I'm making it tonight as well lol

    ReplyDelete
  105. Awesome recipe! I went with the vegetarian style add added the chickpeas :) I also put some brown rice at the bottom of the bowl before adding all the goodness on top ;)

    ReplyDelete
  106. I am such a huge fan of this site! Everything I've made on here has been delicious, and this soup is seriously one of my favorite dishes I've ever cooked, or eaten. So easy, and has all of mine and my fiancee's favorite ingredients. I couldn't believe how yummy it was!

    ReplyDelete
  107. I just made this for dinner and it was amazing. Than you so much for such great recipes!

    ReplyDelete
  108. Very tasty. Someone gave me a bunch of avocados, so this was great way to put these to use.

    ReplyDelete
  109. I sauteed mushrooms with the scallions, and just added the chicken to the soup. Delish!!!

    ReplyDelete
  110. Just made this for my very, very sick fiancé and he loved it despite his crazy fever :) It was so nice to provide some comfort for him right now! Thank you so much for this recipe!

    ReplyDelete
  111. This soup makes me SO happy!!!

    ReplyDelete
  112. How do you use this with a crockpot saw a comment but no response would love to use a crockpot but based on reviews I will try anyway as I have a lot of avocados to use up and most of the other ingredients.

    ReplyDelete
  113. Love this soup! We add lime juice, red pepper flakes, and a bit of fish sauce for more flavor. Quick, easy, delicious. What could be better after a busy day?

    ReplyDelete
  114. Wow, I happen to have a pot of stock working now, and will have a couple left over chicken breast...this may be dinner tomorrow night.

    ReplyDelete
  115. I just made this again for the second time & substituted shrimp (cooked them in the broth for about 5 minutes). It was just as good as with the chicken & a nice 2nd option! Yummm.

    ReplyDelete
  116. My awesome hubby had this ready when I walked in from work last night - FABULOUS! I am thrilled he is starting to make Skinnytaste recipes. I have been making them for over a year and he is just starting to help with cooking - and loves you too!

    ReplyDelete
  117. Gina, I make this all of the time. When I am trying to cut calories I cut back on the chicken. Still wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  118. I made this tonight and it was delicious! My 3 1/2 year old even ate it! Thank you! I also think your blog is wonderful!!!

    ReplyDelete
  119. I'm making this for my hubby and me tonight, but serving it more like a vietnamese pho with rice noodles, and having bean sprouts, lime, and sriracha as garnishes... I hope it turns out well! :)

    ReplyDelete
  120. Lucky for me I had this soup planned for this evening, because a cold struck me today! Blech! This soup was delicious, filling, and just what I needed :) Hubby loved it too! We added a touch of sriracha for heat instead of chili powder.

    ReplyDelete
  121. I made this but made a few modifications: To bulk up the veggies I added 2 carrots and a diced zucchini. I also wanted it to have a lot of citrus flavor, so used 3 small limes. I also added a pinch of smoked paprika and a pinch of cayenne for a little heat. I put 1/4 a cup of brown rice in each bowl as well. Came out really well!

    ReplyDelete
  122. Does the nutritional information for the recipe include the avocado?

    ReplyDelete
  123. This soup was one of the best soups I've made in a long time! Very healthy & very delicious. The only thing I did different was add in some fresh sliced mushrooms, fresh cut carrots, some baby corn and a bad of bean sprouts. DELISH!!!!

    ReplyDelete

If you really like a post please share, like on FB, Stumble and give it a THUMBS UP or Pin It on Pinterest!

Comments are welcome but please keep it positive and helpful. No hyperlinks, no spam, no ads, no keywords and no personal attacks.