Southwest Chicken Detox Soup

The Best Southwest Chicken Detox Soup Recipe

Southwest Chicken Detox Soup

Yield: 8-12 bowls

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:30 minutes

5 / 5 (27 Reviews)
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Southwest Chicken Detox Soup Recipe – A fabulous healthy low-fat, low-carb, gluten-free soup, with tons of flavor! This cleansing soup packs a punch.


  • 1 1/2 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 the chicken breasts, Old El Paso Chopped Green Chiles, crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, all 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!

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

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8-12 bowls, Serving Size: 1/12th recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 187 Calories
  • Total Fat: 9.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg
  • Sodium: 1093mg
  • Carbohydrates: 13.9g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 4.9g
  • Protein: 13.6g
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59 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!

    Rating: 5
  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!!

    Rating: 5
  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!

    Rating: 5
  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!!!!

    Rating: 5
  12. Dshunposted May 24, 2017 at 10:31 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  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.

    Rating: 5
  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. 

    Rating: 5
  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!!

    Rating: 5
  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.

    Rating: 5
  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. 

    Rating: 5
  19. Lunaposted August 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm Reply

    Good next time i will add corn 

    Rating: 5
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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.

    Rating: 5
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  23. instagram video downloaderposted September 21, 2017 at 10:38 am Reply

    This looks so refreshing!

    Rating: 4.5
  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! 

    Rating: 5
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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!

    Rating: 4.5
  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

    Rating: 5
  32. Lauraposted November 8, 2017 at 6:59 am Reply

    This soup is delicious!!! 

    Rating: 5
  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!!

    Rating: 5
  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.

    Rating: 5
  37. Kathleenposted December 28, 2017 at 6:21 pm Reply

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

  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 😀

    Rating: 4.5
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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!

    Rating: 5
  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. 

    Rating: 5
  45. Amyposted January 21, 2018 at 7:28 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  46. Jennposted January 22, 2018 at 9:16 pm Reply

    This was amazing!

    Rating: 5
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  48. Rachelposted February 8, 2018 at 7:24 pm Reply

    This is one of my favorite soups

    Rating: 5
  49. Abbeyposted February 10, 2018 at 3:27 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  50. Janeyposted February 19, 2018 at 8:03 pm Reply

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

  51. Teresaposted February 21, 2018 at 4:44 pm Reply

    Worst soup ever. Not sure I can even eat this. Lies all lies. What a waste 

    Rating: 0.5