Southwest Chicken Detox Soup

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This Southwest Chicken Soup is super clean and healthy. Try this Southwest Chicken Detox Soup to help kick-start your diet!

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Chicken Detox Soup

Over a year ago I shared a Chicken Detox Soup recipe that our family uses as a dietary reset after vacations or long seasons of unhealthy eating.

It’s a lean, healthy chicken and vegetable soup with several detoxifying ingredients to help flush toxins from your body and boost your metabolism. It is meant to be eaten for several days in a row to get your system back on track.

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Chicken Detox Soup is low fat, low carb, paleo, gluten-free, and it works like a charm when using the soup as a cleanse!

Our first detox soup was very well received. Many of you have made it, left positive comments, and have asked for variations.

Soup Ingredients

Southwest Chicken Soup

Well, today is the day! We’ve heard your requests and have come up with another detox soup recipe that is just as healthy, just as tasty, and offers just as many cleansing ingredients.

If you’ve tried our original detox soup cleanse, this Southwest Chicken Detox Soup is a zesty way to mix things up.

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How to Make Southwest Chicken Detox Soup

To make this Southwest Chicken Soup, I used Old El Paso Green Chiles to give the broth a smoky undertone, then loaded it with:

  • Skinless chicken breasts for lean protein
  • Cabbage, broccoli, avocado, garlic and turmeric… All detoxifying ingredients that help your body release toxins
  • Ground cumin and crushed red pepper for additional southwest essence

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The combination of the Old El Paso green chiles and the spices, enhances the natural flavor of the chicken and veggies for a bold tantalizing flavor.

Plus, the release of toxins from this detox soup helps your body work more efficiently, meaning:

  • purging water retention
  • a metabolic boost
  • more energy
  • and better sleep

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You’ll be amazed at how good you feel after eating Southwest Chicken Detox Soup for several days!

To learn the specifics of the detox soup cleanse, visit our original recipe post.

To learn more about Old El Paso ingredients that will make your healthy dishes exciting, visit

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Old El Paso. All opinions are my own.

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4.9 from 48 votes

Southwest Chicken Detox Soup

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Southwest Chicken Detox Soup Recipe - A healthy low-fat, low-carb, gluten-free soup with tons of flavor. This southwest chicken soup packs a punch!
Servings: 8 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Southwest Chicken Detox Soup
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 389 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 730mg 30%
Potassium 1440mg 41%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 12g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 144.9%
Vitamin C 71.2%
Calcium 10.5%
Iron 21.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 - 4.5 ounce cans Old El Paso Chopped Green Chiles
  • 14.5 ounce can "fire roasted" crushed tomatoes
  • 3 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon  ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced carrots
  • 4 cups chopped cabbage
  • 3 cups small broccoli florets
  • 2 avocados, peeled and diced
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Set a large sauce pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, chopped onions, and garlic. Sauté  for 5-6 minutes to soften. Then add whole raw chicken breasts, Old El Paso Chopped Green Chiles, crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, all the spices, carrots, and 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt.

  2. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 20+ minutes, until the chicken breasts are cooked through. Then remove the chicken with tongs and set them on a cutting board to cool.
  3. Add the chopped cabbage and broccoli to the pot. Continue to simmer to soften the broccoli. Meanwhile, shred the chicken breasts with two forks, and stir it back into the soup. Once the broccoli is tender, taste, then salt and pepper as needed. Serve warm with a generous amount of diced avocado on top!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: If the soup base boils down too much, add 2-3 cups of water to the broth. Then taste for seasoning.

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105 comments on “Southwest Chicken Detox Soup

  1. Heather Christoposted April 10, 2017 at 10:52 am Reply

    I make a soup similar to this when I am trying to be healthier and it is great! I love the flavors in this one!

  2. Maria Lichtyposted April 10, 2017 at 12:31 pm Reply

    Looks so hearty!

  3. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted April 11, 2017 at 9:44 am Reply

    That is one nice looking soup!

  4. Gaby Dalkinposted April 11, 2017 at 5:43 pm Reply

    Love your twist on traditional chicken soup! Sounds amazing!

  5. Learn to tallyposted April 12, 2017 at 10:25 am Reply

    This looks so good! Love all those veggies in there.

  6. Karenposted April 15, 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply

    I just made this and it’s absolutely, delicious!!

  7. Holanaposted April 17, 2017 at 9:46 pm Reply

    To truly detox you should be using organic ingredients and hormome antibiotic free chicken.

    • Livposted January 31, 2018 at 12:37 pm Reply

      Haha this doesn’t mean it isn’t healthy if you dont use organic ingredients or antibiotic free chicken. You should really do more research on organic products certain ones are actually more health hazardous. Unless your growing it yourself nothing is guaranteed.

  8. Julie | Table for Twoposted April 18, 2017 at 10:52 pm Reply

    This soup is packed with flavor! I love it!

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  10. Nicciposted April 24, 2017 at 10:03 pm Reply

    This is spicy yet sooo good! My husband got home from golf league & ate two bowls of it! Two thumbs up! Thank you!

  11. Michele Holmesposted May 6, 2017 at 4:57 pm Reply

    Once again, you’ve posted a thoroughly fantastic recipe!!! This was oh-so-good!! I made it for my husband-with-a-cold and he LOVED it!!! Because he was feeling a bit poorly, I used only 2 cans of chiles and it was spicy enough. Thanks AGAIN for sharing a great recipe – YOU ROCK!!!!

  12. Dshunposted May 24, 2017 at 10:31 pm Reply

    Made this tonight and it was a success! My husband loved it! Thanks

  13. Vickyposted June 13, 2017 at 12:56 am Reply

    Love your soup. Just made some today and it turn out great. I replace chicken breast with chicken thigh bit i discarded all the skin and fat. The bone makes the chicken stay juicy and not dry out.

  14. Courtneyposted June 17, 2017 at 9:22 pm Reply

    Has anyone tried this in a crockpot? 

    • Janieposted February 9, 2018 at 9:25 pm Reply

      I made it in a crockpot.  Put the chicken on top so it was easy to pull out and shred.  Delicious!  I cooked it on low for 6 hours.

  15. Tiffanyposted June 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm Reply

    This is AMAZINGLY flavorful and filling! Very easy to make as well. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. Will definitely be making this regularly. 

  16. Toshposted July 17, 2017 at 12:45 am Reply

    I made this recipe and it is the bomb!! Very favorable!! I made it for me to detox and I found my family going in the pot.. They loved it!! I will be making this again!!

  17. Rachaelposted July 28, 2017 at 12:04 am Reply

    I made this soup and the family loves it! I did make it kid friendly by using mild green chiles and replacing the red pepper with old bay seasoning. My 6 year old loves it.

  18. Stephanie Schleigposted August 6, 2017 at 3:29 pm Reply

    So good!  Spicy but super yummy. I added a bag of frozen okra I had on hand and it was a nice addition but not needed. Makes a nice size pot too! My husband and I can eat it for days. 

  19. Lunaposted August 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm Reply

    Good next time i will add corn 

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  21. Valerieposted September 6, 2017 at 7:20 pm Reply

    I absolutely love the original detox soup version immensely; and I must say that when my young man at home is inadvertently glutened (he has Celiac diseas), this soup really helps. He and I both really enjoy the soup even when we’re not on a cleanse. I’m very eager to try this Southwest version. I think we both will love it just as much. I do have one question though…what kind of cabbage did you use in this soup…napa, savoy, green leafy, or bok choy? There are so many different varieties at my local market.

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  23. instagram video downloaderposted September 21, 2017 at 10:38 am Reply

    This looks so refreshing!

  24. Kristinposted September 30, 2017 at 8:57 pm Reply

    Fantastic! I added 2 teaspoons of garlic. No red pepper flakes and added corn and black beans when it was done cooking. And it came out amazing! 

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  26. Paigeposted October 8, 2017 at 7:08 pm Reply

    It’s a rainy day here in Ga. 
    I had planned on waiting until cooler weather but today was good enough!
    Very hearty soup full of flavors and so very satisfying!
    I would recommend it but if your sensitive to spice and heat you may want to dial it down some way. Otherwise it’s perfect the way it is!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  27. Deniseposted October 10, 2017 at 8:54 pm Reply

    What size pot did you use? This recipe is huge. I like to make enough for leftovers for my lunch; but this seems way more than the average family would need. I can’t image the cabbage would freeze well?

    • Rayettaposted October 11, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply

      I make a variety of vegetable soups with cabbage. It freezes well once it is cooked. Potatoes do not. Turnips are a great substitute for potatoes and they hold their texture when frozen. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Sommerposted October 14, 2017 at 10:31 am Reply

      Hi Denise!

      It should fit in any pot 6 quarts or larger. :)

      • Robinposted January 2, 2018 at 4:34 pm

        I am making it now and could only fit one quart of stock! Am using a large le crueset pot! Have no idea how I will jam the broccoli and cabbage in but I will figure it out.

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  30. Ariposted November 3, 2017 at 6:15 pm Reply

    How would I make this in a crockpot?

    • Sommerposted November 6, 2017 at 8:43 am Reply

      Hi Air,

      The only difference for crockpot cooking, is that you need to sauté the onions on the stovetop before placing them in the slow cooker. Then cover and set on low for 5-6 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. Happy Cooking!

  31. Lynnposted November 4, 2017 at 8:56 am Reply

    This is even more delicious the next day!  I’ve been wanting to incorporate turmeric in dishes and this is my first.  I left out the cabbage but still great!  Adjusting the heat to ones liking is easy. Enjoyed the avocado in it also! My new go to soup

  32. Lauraposted November 8, 2017 at 6:59 am Reply

    This soup is delicious!!! 

  33. Lindaposted November 8, 2017 at 5:52 pm Reply

    Are you suppose to eat nothing but the soup? How many days?

  34. Sharonposted November 18, 2017 at 1:17 pm Reply

    This is my daily go to soup. One pot gives me 2 weeks of lunches. I package into single serve sizes and freeze them. I make mine with a ground up ghost pepper for extra spice and add a package of frozen spinach. Its very good and spicy!!

  35. Christyposted November 19, 2017 at 9:15 pm Reply

    Hi I have a question, when you say to eat this for several days in a row what do you recommend? Is one meal a day for several days sufficient? Or do you mean to eat the soups at each meal, each day? Thank you!😘

    • Sommerposted November 21, 2017 at 4:43 pm Reply

      Hi Christy,

      According to the book, you eat the soup for every meal each day, and you eat it until you are full. It’s so lean there is no need to watch your portions. :)

  36. Theresaposted December 5, 2017 at 8:30 pm Reply

    This soup is delicious… I used a bone broth with turmeric instead of the chicken stock. I also added less chicken. This is so good and good for you. I liked the green chilies…a nice added touch. I also put a little more red pepper to spice it up. Super easy and yummy.

  37. Kathleenposted December 28, 2017 at 6:21 pm Reply

    Hello! Have you tried making this recipe in the instant pot? Thanks!

    • Chrissyposted March 20, 2018 at 8:53 pm Reply

      I am trying it in the Instant Pot tonight!

  38. Saskiaposted January 2, 2018 at 5:58 am Reply

    Thanks for this recipe! I had some trouble by finding the right ingredients here in Germany, but it’s definitely worth the time! Tastes way better than I thought 😀

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  42. Claudia Coronadoposted January 13, 2018 at 12:30 pm Reply

    Hi there!
    I live in México and that kind of chiles can’t find it. Can I change it for another one?

    • Sommerposted January 18, 2018 at 9:57 am Reply

      Hi Claudia,

      It’s just slow-cooked chopped green chiles in a can. You can substitute any variety of green chiles you like! :)

  43. Jenposted January 14, 2018 at 8:50 pm Reply

    Easy and delicious! Will make again. Thank you!

  44. Winnie Welshposted January 21, 2018 at 2:17 pm Reply

    Just finished making this soup, It is  amazing. Great taste and smooth kick to it. My husband and I just finished enjoying our first bowl!  
    Thanks so much. 

  45. Amyposted January 21, 2018 at 7:28 pm Reply

    I made two kinds with Chicken and one with black beans. Both so great! 

  46. Jennposted January 22, 2018 at 9:16 pm Reply

    This was amazing!

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  48. Rachelposted February 8, 2018 at 7:24 pm Reply

    This is one of my favorite soups

  49. Abbeyposted February 10, 2018 at 3:27 pm Reply

    Love it made the soup today! It was easy to make and super yummy

  50. Janeyposted February 19, 2018 at 8:03 pm Reply

    Why is the sodium so high?   Is it the chicken broth?

    • Shellyposted February 26, 2018 at 8:43 pm Reply

      I used low sodium chicken broth and added very little to no pink Himalayan salt. That should bring the sodium down some if that’s an issue. ☺️

  51. Shellyposted February 26, 2018 at 8:38 pm Reply

    Currently making this recipe as I am commenting. At first the flavors seem non existent, but give it time! Much like Spaghetti, Chili, etc I’m sure the flavors will be more bold the next day as I am already noticing that the longer it sits in that pot the stronger the flavors become. Love that this soup is healthy and hearty. The combined flavors compliment each other very nicely. So far I’m very happy with this recipe. Thank you for sharing! ☺️

  52. Rachelposted March 1, 2018 at 10:16 pm Reply

    This soup was awesome.  I was not expecting to really like it very much as I don’t like healthy foods.  However, I’m trying to change up our diet for a healthier lifestyle and this soup was addicting.

  53. Nicole Aristiposted March 11, 2018 at 4:08 pm Reply

    Is this 1 1/2 lbs or chicken breast or literally 1.5 actual chicken breasts??

    • Sommerposted March 13, 2018 at 8:18 am Reply

      Hi Nicole,

      Sorry for the confusion! Yes, it is 1 1/2 pounds of chicken. Happy cooking!

  54. Catalina Underwoodposted March 17, 2018 at 10:10 am Reply

    This soup was easy to make and so flavorful! Thank you for the recipe. =)

  55. Paulette Carterposted March 29, 2018 at 1:56 pm Reply

    We made this with turkey and home made turkey bone broth. I also used okra instead of broccoli. It was delicious.

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  59. Veronicaposted April 8, 2018 at 6:28 pm Reply

    So delicious!!

  60. Cposted April 13, 2018 at 6:07 am Reply

    I love the idea of this soup! But at 25g net carbs per serving, it really can’t be classified as a low-carb recipe. At least not for keto, since 20g net carbs is generally the max for the day.

  61. Denelleposted April 23, 2018 at 4:43 pm Reply

    I am eating this right now. It’s delish! I halved the recipe and used chicken tenders. I also added sriracha but I really like spicy.

  62. Judiposted April 25, 2018 at 5:34 pm Reply

    Hi I want to say this soup is very good. I am on the Dr. Hyman’s Eat Fat get Thin Diet and I can’t do salads any more. It turns my stomach. I ran across this and it fits into the diet being it is a stepping stone to Pagan Diet. I used bone in thighs and a whole 1/2 avocado. Very good and will make it again.

  63. savannah cathleen knightposted April 26, 2018 at 5:55 pm Reply

    Made this tonight!! So yummy and the perfect spice. Added some Tony’s to kick it up even more! Thank you for this yummy recipe.

  64. Lisa Wilsonposted May 6, 2018 at 2:08 pm Reply

    Wonderful soup!! Very tasty. I used Tyson grilled chicken strips instead of cooking my chicken and it worked great! Also added some spinach I had leftover and some cauliflower and a can of black beans. Awesome!

  65. Stefposted May 15, 2018 at 2:37 pm Reply

    Made this in my instant pot. Cooked on Manual for 10 minutes then put on Sauté when I added the cabbage and broccoli while I shredded the chicken. Delicious. 

  66. Auburnposted May 15, 2018 at 6:08 pm Reply

    Sooo yummy! A little on the spicy side (perfect for me, but may not be for some) will be adding this to our list of favorites!

  67. Vanessaposted May 21, 2018 at 9:47 pm Reply

    This was the best soup ever! I still have left overs that my boyfriend and I can’t keep our hands off. Almost out… guess we will have to make more! Yummmmmm 🤤

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  70. Sharonposted June 11, 2018 at 5:29 pm Reply

    Made this soup today, its plentiful will be sharing with friends, looks an taste great!!!! Love it thanx for sharing

  71. Helenposted June 20, 2018 at 6:36 pm Reply

    I just made this for dinner – so delicious! The recipe is simple and the soup is just so flavorful. It has definitely got a lot of heat, which I like – but my nose is running from the spice so if that’s not your thing you could cut down on the red pepper a bit. So hearty and loaded with good stuff. Thanks for sharing!

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  73. things to doposted June 21, 2018 at 2:26 am Reply

    I made this soup and the family loves it! So good! Thank you for sharing.

  74. company searchposted June 21, 2018 at 2:54 am Reply

    This is even more delicious the next day! thanks for sharing this post

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  75. Robi DeGroffposted June 25, 2018 at 9:58 pm Reply

    Your Southwest Chicken Detox Soup looks awesome but, I do not like avacados. Can I omit them and still get the same benefits? Thanks for great receipes!

  76. Melissaposted June 27, 2018 at 5:25 pm Reply

    Can I ask what is making this soup so high in fat? Unless I’m confusing your nutrition facts. I am taking it as a 1.5 cup serving has 35g of fat, which seems extremely high for chicken soup! Or is the nutrition label for the entire pot? Thanks!

    • Sommer Collierposted July 11, 2018 at 2:39 pm Reply

      Hi Melissa,

      Most of the fat is coming from the avocado. It can be omitted if you like! :)

  77. Jewelsposted June 29, 2018 at 1:34 pm Reply

    I made my first batch of this soup a couple of weeks ago and now I’m about to make it for the 3rd time! It is SO good!!!

  78. Amber Eddsposted August 4, 2018 at 6:44 pm Reply

    This was definitely a hit with my husband!! He has been sick all week and I wanted to make him something healthy  to boost his immune system. He was skeptical when I told him I was making a detox soup, but he LOVED it. I did, too :). Thank you for an awesome recipe!!

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  80. Yanoula Burleighposted August 7, 2018 at 5:31 pm Reply

    Made this soup today and it’s really good. Just wondering if the nutrition facts include the avocados. It seems like the calorie amount is high for a soup that is primarily vegetable. 

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  82. Monicaposted August 26, 2018 at 11:26 pm Reply

    Loved this soup! So flavourful & easy to prepare 

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  85. Kim Sposted September 9, 2018 at 7:54 pm Reply

    I just made this and love it. Fantastic flavor! I substituted a couple ingredients but ONLY because I was using what I had on hand but I don’t think my substitutions altered the flavor in any way. I will definitely be making this more often. It is guilt free eating at its best!

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  87. Martyposted September 15, 2018 at 2:06 pm Reply

    I’ve made the chicken detox soup several times and have recommended it to others. This recipe looks delicious, as well!

  88. Crystalposted September 18, 2018 at 9:02 pm Reply

    This was so good and so easy!!! 

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  91. Rubyposted October 3, 2018 at 4:34 pm Reply

    Going to make this in the instant pot I think. My mom has no teeth and I was thinking I’d make the veggies more tender for her. Do you think I could combine everything, set it for 15, and shred the chicken?

    • Sommer Collierposted October 12, 2018 at 9:36 pm Reply

      Hi Ruby!

      I have not personally made this in the Instant Pot, so I can’t say for sure. Yet that does sound like it would work. If you give it a go, please report back. :)