Tex-Mex pulled chicken soup

Tex-Mex pulled chicken soup

A colorful and creamy Tex-Mex soup with pulled chicken and topped with crunchy pumpkin seeds, fragrant cilantro, and fresh lime.

Tex-Mex pulled chicken soup

A colorful and creamy Tex-Mex soup with pulled chicken and topped with crunchy pumpkin seeds, fragrant cilantro, and fresh lime.
USMetric
4 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 lb 450 g boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 (4 oz.) 1 (110 g) yellow onion, choppedyellow onions, chopped
  • 2 2 garlic clove, choppedgarlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 tbsp 3 tbsp Tex-Mex seasoning
  • salt or ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups 475 ml water or chicken broth
  • 1¾ cups 425 ml heavy whipping cream or coconut cream
  • 23 lb (3 cups) 300 g (700 ml) celery stalk, dicedcelery stalks, diced
  • ¼ cup (1¼ oz.) 60 ml (33 g) roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 1 lime, in wedgeslimes, in wedges
  • ½ cup (¼ oz.) 120 ml (8 g) fresh cilantro
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Instructions

  1. Add the oil to a large frying pan on medium-high heat. When hot, add the chicken, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and Tex-Mex seasoning. Fry the chicken until the onion is soft and the chicken has some color.
  2. Pour in the broth or water and cook the chicken for about 15 minutes or until tender. Shred the chicken in the pot using two forks.
  3. Add the cream and celery. Let the soup simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. When serving, top the soup with roasted pumpkin seeds, paprika powder, lime, and cilantro.

Tip!

Feel free to cook more chicken at the same time and pull it out before adding the cream and celery. Pulled chicken is great to keep in the refrigerator for salads, sandwiches or in an omelette. For this recipe, you can also use chicken or turkey leftovers, or a prepared rotisserie chicken.

If your fresh cilantro looks a bit tired, mix it with some avocado or olive oil and you get a lovely herb oil! Perfect to drizzle the soup with.

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8 comments

  1. Barb Barsch
    Could I just replace rutabaga with celery and not have an issue with carbs? Is that where the 19 carbs are coming from in this recipe? Thank you!
    Reply: #2
  2. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Could I just replace rutabaga with celery and not have an issue with carbs? Is that where the 19 carbs are coming from in this recipe? Thank you!

    Most of the ingredients, like the onion, coconut cream and carrots all contribute carbs. Celery would not be a great substitute for rutabaga. You may have better luck with radishes which are lower carb and lose their spiciness when cooked.

  3. Kathleen
    Too many carbs. So disappointed. Should I even look at other recipes. 19 carbs
    Reply: #4
  4. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Too many carbs. So disappointed. Should I even look at other recipes. 19 carbs

    This is a recipe from our moderate low carb collection. If you are looking only for very low carb recipes, you may be more interested in our keto recipe collection.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto/recipes

  5. Paivi
    I am going to make this in my InstaPot!
  6. Andrea
    i tried this one and was a little scared at first, but it came together really well!!! The lime is a must! definitely add avocado and cilantro too for added flavor! delicious!!!
  7. Susan
    I love all your recipes Anne Aobadia, I am a big fan of yours. Thanks to you we enjoy all the delicious recipes. A Special thank you to you and D.D and all the other great recipes on this website. I only cook D.D recipes.
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    Greetings Susan
    the Netherlands
    Reply: #8
  8. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    I love all your recipes Anne Aobadia, I am a big fan of yours. Thanks to you we enjoy all the delicious recipes. A Special thank you to you and D.D and all the other great recipes on this website. I only cook D.D recipes.
    Keep up the good work you all do. Saving lives and teaching good health and nutrition. I am member for life.
    Greetings Susan
    the Netherlands

    Thank you for your kind words! I am so glad you've found the recipes and Diet Doctor to be so helpful. I shared this with our team :)

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