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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 OldElPaso.com.

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

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Detox Southwest Chicken Soup

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
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


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cans Old El Paso Chopped Green Chiles (4.5-ounce cans)
  • 14.5 ounces "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


  • Set a large 6-8 quart 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!



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


Serving: 1.5cups, Calories: 391kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 65mg, Sodium: 833mg, Potassium: 1460mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 7620IU, Vitamin C: 75.5mg, Calcium: 108mg, Iron: 3.9mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Sommer Collier

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159 comments on “Detox Southwest Chicken Soup”

  1. Do you need the avocado’s, are the required?

  2. WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for register

  3. This was really tasty and easy to make, thank you! The only thing I did differently was added a can of black beans (kinda my weakness). It was delicious!

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  5. This was so good! I’m making it again tonight.  There was a ton of broth but after it simmered a bit I cooled some down and put in in a ziplock bag and put it in the freezer. Quick dinner for another night just adding whatever’s in the fridge or leftover. Thanks so much for sharing it!!

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  9. Can you use red cabbage instead of green cabbage?

  10. The flavor is great! Next to me I will double the chicken, though, as it seemed to need more to be satisfying. 

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  12. Thanks for sharing! Does it keep long?

  13. This looks so good! What a great alternative to chicken noodle soup!

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  15. What is 3-4 days of using this soup as a detox look like to you? Do you eat it Once a Day or three times a day to replace meals? Do you eat/drink anything else in particular when detoxing?

  16. It’s the best tasting and most satisfying detox cleanse soup I’ve ever had and it was a breeze to make! thanks for the recipe!

  17. My husband and I LOVE this soup. My only complaint is I don’t have a big enough pot lol. I use my 8qt but it’s always up to the top rim. I do add more green chilies because we love them. Thank you for this recipe!!!

  18. Great soup!
    I added a can of fire roasted peppers to mine also!

  19. Delicious!!!!! I added a second can of fire roasted tomatoes and a can of black beans, along with 2 fresh hot peppers instead of a third can of green chili peppers. Definitely will make again.

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  22. The detox soup calories does that include the avocado?

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  24. I made this on New Years and it was amazing. I mean, like really really amanzing. My husband RAVED over it and immediately asked when I’d be making it again. It definitely has some spice, but we all loved it.  
    As for my husbands second request… I am making it again as we speak. Thank you for this! 

  25. Wow! I am on a detox and was dying a slow death from the food and searched a chicken detox soup on Pinterest…to my surprise this soup is AMAZING! It tastes just like a tortilla chicken soup sans the fat and tortilla strips. I am never successful at preparing soups, but this one worked and tastes amazing…enough for my to comment on it. I prepared it for two and added more green chiles and it has some definite spice! It would however taste amazing with cheese and tortilla strips, but the avocado suffices.

  26. So good. I wasn’t interested in the whole “detox” end of it. Just wanted some really tasty soup! After our long walk in the cold and wind, this was terrific. Glad I found it.

  27. I can’t have hot spices will it still be a detox soup if I omit them?

  28. How long will this keep in the fridge and can I freeze it?

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  30. Very good. I like the spice kick it has and the color is perfect.  I added celery because I had it and a red bellpepper in large chunks to add a fun look to it. Cant wait until tomorrow when the flavors meld!! Thanks!

  31. 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.  

    • Cynthia – you must have accidentally changed the proportions (can do that in the recipe above – it’s interactive). This only calls for 3 cups of broth. 12 cups is 4 times the servings this one makes.

      • The ingredient list does call for 3 quarts of broth. Can you confirm that it should actually be 3 cups? I want to make this today and I want to make sure I have it right! :)

      • I have the same question as Jackie. I’d like to make this too, but confused as to whether to use the 3 quarts of broth as written in recipe or 3 cups as written in the comments.

      • Hi Guys,

        Sorry for the confusion here… It is 12 cups of chicken broth. It’s a large recipe, meant for leftovers, but it does fit in a 6+ quart pot.

  32. Can you make this in the Crock-Pot?

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

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

  36. 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. 

  37. Absolutely love this soup!

  38. 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!

  39. 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?

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  42. This was so good and so easy!!! 

  43. 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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  45. 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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  48. Loved this soup! So flavourful & easy to prepare 

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  50. 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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  52. 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!!

  53. 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!!!

  54. 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!

  55. 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!

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

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

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  59. 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!

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

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  63. 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 🤤

  64. 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!

  65. 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. 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!

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. So delicious!!

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

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

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

  78. 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.

  79. 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! ☺️

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

    • 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. ☺️

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

  82. This is one of my favorite soups

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  84. This was amazing!

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

  86. 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. 

  87. Easy and delicious! Will make again. Thank you!

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

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  92. 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 😀

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

  94. 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.

  95. 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!😘

    • 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. :)

  96. 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!!

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

  98. This soup is delicious!!! 

  99. 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

  100. How would I make this in a crockpot?

    • 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!

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  103. 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?

    • 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.

    • Hi Denise!

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

      • 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.

  104. 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!

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  106. 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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  108. 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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  110. Good next time i will add corn 

  111. 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. 

  112. 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.

  113. 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!!

  114. 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. 

  115. Has anyone tried this in a crockpot? 

  116. 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.

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

  118. 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!!!!

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

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  121. This soup is packed with flavor! I love it!

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

    • 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.

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

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

  125. Love your twist on traditional chicken soup! Sounds amazing!

  126. 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!