Chicken tortilla soup with queso fresco and lime

In order to bring you the best organic produce, some ingredients may differ from those depicted.

Chicken tortilla soup with queso fresco and lime

Chicken tortilla soup with queso fresco and lime

Gluten-Free Friendly, Soy-Free, Mediterranean, Lean & Clean, Carb-Conscious, No Added Sugar, <600 Calories, Protein Plus

2 Servings, 540 Calories/Serving

15 Minutes

This one-pot meal is inspired by Chef Justine’s holiday tradition of using Thanksgiving leftovers. We add boneless chicken, pre-chopped veggies, custom spices, and hey presto—chicken tortilla soup. 

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1 bag serves 2 (2 bags serve 4)
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  • Chicken options:
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 6 ounces each)
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1 cup organic mirepoix (onions - carrots - celery)
  • Sunbasket Santa Fe spice blend (cumin - dried Mexican oregano - ancho chile powder - granulated garlic)
  • ¾ cup diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 organic lime
  • 4 or 5 sprigs organic fresh cilantro
  • 1½ ounces queso fresco
  • Tortilla chips (for garnish)

Nutrition per serving

Calories 540, Total Fat 27g (35% DV), Sat. Fat 7g (35% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. 180mg (60% DV), Sodium 600mg (26% DV), Total Carb. 33g (12% DV), Fiber 6g (21% DV), Total Sugars 6g (Incl. 0g Added Sugars, 0% DV), Protein 42g
Contains: Milk

Sodium does not include pantry salt; for reference, ⅛; teaspoon kosher salt per serving averages 240mg (10% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat. Packed in a facility that handles all major food allergens* and gluten.

*Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans, Sesame.


2-serving instructions (4-serving modifications in red)

Wash produce before use


Prep the chicken; start the soup

  • Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel; season generously with salt and pepper.

In a large sauce pot over medium-high heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the mirepoix, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in the Santa Fe spice blend and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 


Cook and shred the chicken

Add the chicken, tomatoes, and 2¼ cups [4½ cups] water and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer the chicken to a plate to cool, then using a fork, shred the chicken. While the chicken is cooling, continue cooking the tomato broth at a low simmer and prepare the garnishes. 


Prep the garnishes; finish the soup

  • Cut the lime into wedges. 
  • Coarsely chop the cilantro. 
  • Crumble the queso fresco if needed.

To the pot with the tomato broth, stir in the shredded chicken and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.


Transfer the soup to individual bowls. Garnish with the queso fresco, tortilla chips, and cilantro and serve with the lime wedges. 

Kids Can!
  • Measure the water for the soup.
  • Time the cooking.
  • Shred the chicken.
  • Crumble the queso fresco.
  • Add the shredded chicken to the soup.