Spicy Chicken Soup

Spicy Chicken Soup

The coming months are the perfect time for a steaming hot bowl of soup. This is my family’s favorite soup. My married daughter loves making it in the morning before heading out to work and coming home to the delicious spicy aroma. My boys love it because it is hearty and loaded with lots of tender chicken.

I adapted it from a highly rated recipe on allrecipes. It makes a huge pot of soup and freezes very well. I like to freeze it in individual serving portions, about 1 1/2 cups. This was one of the first recipes I posted when I started my blog but it’s so good I wanted to update it and share it again.

Spicy Chicken Soup

Spicy Chicken Soup


  • 1 (16 ounce) jar mild chunky salsa
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans black beans, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped or 2 tablespoon dehydrated minced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (can be added frozen)
  • 1 (15 ounce) bag frozen corn


Put all of the ingredients in a large crock-pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

I usually don't add the frozen corn until the last 30 min. I like to serve it will a little cheese on top, or you could top it with a little sour cream and tortilla strips.

My daughter's addition: For those of you with smaller crockpots only add half the chicken and take out a can of beans.


My daughter asked me for more great recipes like this that she can make in the morning and come home to a healthy homemade meal all ready to eat, with lots of leftover she can take with her for lunch. So I’m turning to you! Do you have a terrific, easy, make-ahead recipe that you’d like to share?  Please leave me a comment with a link to your favorite recipe. If you’ll share them with me, I’ll share them with her, then I’ll blog about some of my new favorites!

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  1. says

    Very, very good – the entire family liked it (even the picky 10 year old!). I cut my chicken into bite sized pieces before adding it to the crockpot, used a can of rotel insted of salsa since that’s what I had. I ended up having to drain off a bunch of the juices before adding the cream cheese and added about 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning. I ended up cooking it about 3 1/2 hours on high since I started with thawed chicken. We served it over yellow rice and sprinkled shredded jack cheese on top. We will definately make it again! Thanks.

  2. Kat says

    I came over via Joyce @ Flour Power. The soup looks and sounds delish so I have copied the recipe to try soon.


    Hugs from the beach!

  3. Mama Peck says

    Thanks for sharing this recipe- it looks great! This Spicy Red and Black Bean Soup is a family favorite.. http://tiny.cc/Ui43y. If the link doesn't work, just try googling the title, it will take you right to it. Enjoy!

  4. Iris says

    This looks delicious and so healthy! I would love to have a crockpot someday so I can make meals in the morning and come home to them cooked at night.

  5. Tracy @ Sugarcrafter says

    I made this tonight for company, and we all absolutely loved it! We sprinkled a little cheddar cheese and some crushed tortilla chips on top. I will definitely be making this again!!

  6. Carrie says

    I love that fall is here and soup season is back! My pepper bellied boys would love this spicy chicken soup!

  7. Judy says

    This looks delicious,Barbara, I can see why it's a family fave. I don't use my crockpot near enough, so unfortunately I don't have any recipes to share that would be appropriate for your daughter, but I can't wait to see what you post. Maybe I can pick something up.

  8. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says

    That soup looks wonderful and I'm a big fan of spicy food! Some of those highly rated recipes are great aren't they! :)

  9. petite nyonya says

    Wow, I absolutely love soups like this! Tasty, with lots of ingredients and spicy! When it rains outside, having soups like this is just perfect!! I will definitely try this one day. Thanks for posting the recipe again!

  10. Mags says

    Ohhh.. I'm such a soup person. Hubby too. This looks like a good one to try.

    I always make my pot roast in the crockpot. Before leaving for work, drop the roast in the crockpot, season with an envelope of Lipton Onion Soup mix. Dump a can of beef broth over all. Set on low and it's pull apart tender when you get home. The leftovers and remaining broth make for some great beef and noodles the next day too!

  11. Jackie at PhamFatale.com says

    That's what I call the ultimate comfort food. It's not quite soup weather for me yet (we're experiencing the heatwave in California) but I'm storing this one up for the later in the Fall.

  12. Happy cook says

    Love this filling soup.
    I havethis Minestrone soup in my place.
    I make them in huge quantities and freeze them in freeze bags in portion, so i have a filling soup when ever myfamily wants.
    You daughter can try that

  13. Megan says

    I love coming home to the aroma of dinner cooked. This sounds fantastic. I've been looking for a few more crockpot dinners myself! I made turkey legs in the crockpot a few days ago and it was great. Just rub your legs with EVOO. It gave some spices to use but I just used Emeril's chicken spice. Throw in some fresh herbs (I used rosemary and sage) and cook on low for 10-12 hours. Or on high 5-6 hours. It was fall off the bone tender.

  14. colehillkitchen says

    sounds delicious!! there's a lot to be said for easy and quick food – there isn't much better than coming home to a warm bowl of goodness after a long day!

  15. Memória says

    I don't think I can could come up with a make-ahead recipe at this moment, but I would like to comment on how comforting and great your soup looks. YUM!

    Did you change your blog layout? Forgive me if I'm behind the times. I usually read your blog from the reader. It looks nice!

  16. Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ says

    I bet this is incredibly delicious!! I love that it's made in the crock-pot. I bet the chicken turns out real tender.

  17. Palidor says

    Mmmm, the soup looks delicious! I can't think of any make-ahead recipes off the top of my head, but if I think of something later, I'll let you know.

  18. Jenn says

    I actually ate this last night. It's definitely one of my favorites.

    Thanks for asking for me, mom!

    P.S. For those of you with smaller crockpots, like me, I only add half the chicken and take out a can of beans.