Jalapeño Popper Chicken Soup


All the flavors of your favorite fried appetizer come together in this jalapeño popper chicken soup recipe. The chicken gives this main dish soup and extra boost of protein. You'll have this pot of cheesy goodness ready in just 30 minutes.

Total Time:
30 mins
8 cups


  • 10 slices bacon, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 3 - 4 jalapeno peppers, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped

  • ½ cup chopped green onions

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 14.5 ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 cup half-and-half or whole milk

  • 2 cup shredded deli-roasted chicken breast

  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, cut up and softened

  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (4 oz.)

  • 1 ½ cup purchased garlic croutons, lightly crushed


  1. In a 4- to 5-qt. Dutch oven cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels, reserving 3 Tbsp. drippings in pot. Add bell pepper and jalapenos. Cook about 5 minutes or until peppers are just tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in green onions and garlic; cook 1 minute more.

  2. Add flour; cook and stir 1 minute. Gradually stir in broth and half-and-half. Bring to boiling, stirring frequently. Stir in chicken. Return mixture to boiling; cook and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat.

  3. Place cream cheese in a medium heat-proof bowl. Slowly stir about 1/2 cup of the hot broth mixture until smooth and creamy.

  4. Stir cream cheese mixture and cheddar cheese into chicken mixture until melted. Reserve about 1/4 cup bacon for topping; stir remaining bacon into soup. Top servings with crushed croutons and reserved bacon. If desired, sprinkle with additional chopped green onion, chopped jalapenos, and/or shredded cheddar cheese.

    Jalapeno Popper Chicken Soup
    Jacob Fox

Hot, Hot, Hot

Chiles, such as jalapeno or poblano peppers, contain capsaicin, which gives them their spicy heat and will cause a long-lasting burnign tingle on your skin. To avoid this, wear plastic or rubber gloves when working with chiles. If they touch your hands, wash with soapy water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

532 Calories
38g Fat
19g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 532
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 140mg 47%
Sodium 1054mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 25mg 125%
Calcium 253mg 19%
Iron 1.7mg 9%
Potassium 526mg 11%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 45.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*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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