Chicken and Poblano Pepper Soup


Can't find poblanos for this Mexican chicken soup recipe? Anaheim peppers pack a similar mild heat.

Chicken & Poblano Pepper Soup
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 ½ pound tomatoes, cored and halved

  • 1 fresh poblano chile pepper, stemmed, quartered, and seeded

  • 1 ⅓ cup thinly sliced onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned

  • 4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • Tortilla chips

  • Toppings: crumbled feta cheese, cilantro, sliced jalapeño peppers, chopped red onion, and/or lime wedges


  1. In a large pot heat oil over medium- high heat. Using tongs, carefully place tomatoes, cut sides down, in pot in a single layer. Cook without stirring 5 minutes or until well-browned. Add poblano quarters, onion, garlic, oregano, and 1/2 tsp. salt; reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables soften, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add chicken and broth to pot. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 20 minutes or until chicken is done (175°F). Remove chicken; set aside.

  3. Strain broth, pressing tomatoes and chile with a spoon; discard solids. Pull meat apart; discard bones. Return chicken and broth to pot; heat through. Serve soup over tortilla chips with toppings.


Because hot chile peppers, such as poblanos, contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with chiles as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

285 Calories
11g Fat
26g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 285
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 762mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 119.4mg 597%
Calcium 129mg 10%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 937mg 20%
Folate, total 55.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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