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Chipotle Chicken soup {gluten-free}

I love coming home the smell of slow cooker meals. Cold nights are instantly better with a few Christmas lights and a bowl of soup ready within 5 minutes of walking in the door. My latest issue of Clean Eating magazine had a recipe I had to try. The part that I changed was the “chunky” part. I like my soups with a more cohesive consistency. I cut the vegetables into smaller pieces and added 2 cans of chicken broth to the crockpot. I exchanged the raw tomatoes for a can of diced tomatoes with the juice.

This is what was waiting for me tonight.


  • 1  yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 8 new potatoes, scrubbed and cubed
  • 1 can of petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of navy beans (any small bean will work great)
  • 20 oz skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of visible fat
  • 2 cans (use tomato cans) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime, quartered
  1. To a 5-qt slow cooker, add onion, bell pepper, garlic, and chipotle chiles. Stir to combine. Top with potatoes and cans of  tomatoes and beans. 
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium-high. Add chicken and cook for about 2 minutes per side, until lightly browned. Transfer chicken to slow cooker. To skillet, add broth, scraping up any browned bits with a spoon; pour broth over chicken. Sprinkle with cumin. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, or until chicken is no longer pink in center and falling off the bone. (Alternatively, cook on high for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.)
  3. Gently remove chicken from slow cooker. Turn off heat and let stand, uncovered, for 15 minutes to absorb flavors and thicken slightly. (NOTE: Do not stir as vegetables are tender.) Debone chicken in small pieces and return to crock pot. Gently fold together.  Sprinkle with salt and cilantro and serve with lime wedges. 


Thursday 3rd of July 2014

I was surprised to learn that the brand of chipotles carried in my local store had gluten. Check the ingredients.


Saturday 23rd of February 2013

Great!! I'm glad you liked it! Now that I'm moving to a more paleo diet, when I make this, I'll use sweet potatoes. I'm glad to know they work with this recipe. Lately, I'm adding kale to EVERYTHING! Thanks for the ideas for this.


Saturday 23rd of February 2013

I made this soup last week and it was so delicious. I used a combination of sweet potatoes and regular potatoes, and added some kale, too. Thanks for sharing!

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