Creamy Green Chile Chicken Soup

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Here’s a favorite Southwestern chicken soup recipe featuring the exquisite New Mexican green chile (but poblano peppers work well too). Traditional versions of this creamy green chile chicken soup recipe are made with heavy cream or half-and-half, but our recipe for this healthy chicken soup is made creamy with thickened low-fat milk.

Creamy Green Chile Chicken Soup
photographer: Andrew Scrivani
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 50 minutes

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast , trimmed

  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 4 New Mexican green chiles or poblano peppers (see Tip)

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups reduced-fat milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano , preferably Mexican

  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high (if grilling chiles) or preheat oven to 400°F (if roasting chiles).

  2. Place chicken and broth in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook, turning the chicken halfway through, until no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 15 minutes, depending on size. Remove from the heat. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board, leaving the broth in the pan. When cool enough to handle, shred or chop the chicken into bite-size pieces.

  3. Meanwhile, grill chiles, turning frequently, until blistered on all sides, about 15 minutes. (Alternatively, roast on a baking sheet, turning once or twice with tongs, until blackened in places, 15 to 20 minutes.) When cool enough to handle, peel and remove stems and seeds. Finely chop 2 chiles; puree the other 2 in a food processor or blender with 1/4 cup of the hot broth.

  4. Whisk 1/2 cup of the broth in a bowl with wine and flour until smooth. Return the pan with the broth to medium heat and whisk in the flour mixture until well combined. Stir in the chopped and pureed chiles and the chicken. Add milk, salt, white pepper and oregano; heat, stirring frequently, until steaming and hot, but not boiling, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in cilantro.

New Mexico chiles (aka Anaheim chiles) are 7 to 10 inches long, ripen from green to red and are mildly spicy. Poblano peppers (sometimes called pasilla peppers) are dark green in color, about 6 inches long and can be fiery or relatively mild; there’s no way to tell until you taste them. The two can be used interchangeably and are found at most large supermarkets.

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size
1 1/2 cups
26 g
5 g
Saturated Fat
2 g
32 g
72 mg
Dietary Fiber
2 g
737 mg
687 mg
4 servings
1 1/2 cups each
1 starch
1 vegetable
1/2 reduced-fat milk
3 lean meat
Vitamin C
280% daily value
21% dv
Vitamin A
20% dv
18% dv
Iron and magnesium
15% dv

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4 replies

Kellyanne61 2016-05-04 11:15:45 -0500 Report

How can this be diabetic friendly with white flour in the recipe? The nutrition facts show 26 carbs per 1 1/2 cups per serving. I don't know about you, but that is way to much for me with type 2 diabetes.

deewoelling 2014-08-24 16:53:53 -0500 Report

this sounds very good and will try it,,,, i may do it without the dry wine and add some jalapeno peppers..well let you know how it turns out

ördög 2014-08-24 12:49:13 -0500 Report

this recipie turned out great, i substituted hatch chiles for the anaheim chiles, I also attempted to double the recipie and spice it up a little more by adding some jalapeno and serrano peppers. It didn't thicken up the way i was hoping, but the flavor is great. I also added some fresh corn off the cob and took off the white wine. Will definitely make this again.