Detox Southwest Chicken Soup

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

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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.

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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 Detox Southwest Chicken 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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4.91 from 52 votes

Detox Southwest Chicken 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
Detox Southwest Chicken 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

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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117 comments on “Detox Southwest Chicken Soup

  1. Cynthiaposted December 2, 2018 at 4:16 pm Reply

    Your pictures are very misleading.  12 cups of broth and all these ingredients do not fit in my larger than normal pot.  You NEED a stock pot for this.  I had to cook 2/3 of the broth with the chicken.  After I pulled the chicken, I added as much of the remaining broth that I could and mixed.  I then ladled a portion of the soup in another pot and cooked the broccoli and cabbage.  Pain in the butt.  Very good soup though.  

  2. Kierstinposted November 25, 2018 at 12:52 pm Reply

    Can you make this in the Crock-Pot?

    • Sommer Collierposted November 26, 2018 at 9:17 pm Reply

      Hi Kierstin,
      Yes! Just be sure to sauté the veggies first, before adding to the slow cooker. They don’t always soften well otherwise. :)

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  4. Evelyn Hendersonposted November 3, 2018 at 3:21 pm Reply

    Can you get the same detox benefits if you add bone broth instead of just plain chicken broth

  5. karenposted October 24, 2018 at 10:03 pm Reply

    i love this soup. this is the second time i’ve made it and it is quite incredible! thanks for a great recipe!

  6. Gregposted October 23, 2018 at 10:23 am Reply

    I did this in the Instant Pot and it’s outstanding! I would argue that the nutrition facts aren’t right though. I come up with right at 6 grams of carbs per 1 cup of soup. 

    • Davidposted December 8, 2018 at 11:33 am Reply

      How long did you set the instant pot for… it’s very easy to overcook vegetables in an IP..

  7. cynthia Lecoursposted October 20, 2018 at 4:06 pm Reply

    Absolutely love this soup!

  8. Heather C.posted October 19, 2018 at 1:21 pm Reply

    This recipe was fantastic! So many detox recipes don’t have enough flavor but I loved this. I didn’t have broccoli so I subbed it for kale and also added diced peppers (and extra turmeric because I love it). This may be my new favorite soup!

  9. 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. :)

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

    This was so good and so easy!!! 

  13. 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!

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  15. 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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  18. Monicaposted August 26, 2018 at 11:26 pm Reply

    Loved this soup! So flavourful & easy to prepare 

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  20. 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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  22. 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!!

  23. 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!!!

  24. 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! :)

  25. 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!

  26. 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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  27. 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.

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  29. 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!

  30. 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

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  33. 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 🤤

  34. 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!

  35. 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. 

  36. 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!

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

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

    So delicious!!

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  45. 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.

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

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

  47. 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!

  48. 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.

  49. 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! ☺️