This keto chicken tortilla soup is creamy, rich, a little spicy, and easy to make in about 30 minutes. Loaded with toppings like avocado and shredded cheese, this dish is super low in carbs but you won't miss them at all - and neither will your family!
1poundboneless, skinless chicken breastsapproximately 2-3 medium chicken breasts
2limesjuiced, plus wedges for garnish
freshly ground black pepperto taste
1cupcilantro leavesroughly chopped
1largeavocadooptional, for topping; pitted, sliced
shredded Monterey cheeseoptional, for topping; see Notes
Heat avocado oil in large pot over medium-high heat. When hot, add onion and cook 2 minutes, until softened. After 2 minutes, add minced garlic and diced jalapeños. Cook 1 additional minute.
Add chicken broth, cumin, and fire-roasted tomatoes to pot. Stir well and bring mixture to boil. When mixture begins to boil, reduce heat to simmer and add uncooked chicken breasts. Let chicken cook 20 to 25 minutes or until just cooked through, being careful not to overcook. Transfer cooked chicken to bowl or cutting board and let rest.
Once chicken is cool enough to handle, shred using method of choice (see Notes). Set aside. Place softened cream cheese in medium bowl. Note: if cream cheese is not already softened, microwave it for roughly 1 minute until softened but not melted or hot. Cream cheese must be softened before next step.
Ladle a little hot soup over softened cream cheese in medium bowl. Whisk vigorously until mixture is smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture into pot and add lime juice, salt, black pepper, and fresh cilantro. Return shredded chicken to pot and stir well.
Ladle soup into serving bowls. Top with avocado slices, cheese, additional jalapeños, sour cream, etc. as desired.
To make this lower-carb, you can leave out the onions and the fire-roasted diced tomatoes. It will change the overall flavor of the soup, though.
Jalapeños: For a milder flavor, use just one jalapeño and remove the seeds first. For an intense flavor, use two jalapeños with the seeds in.
Cream Cheese: Philadelphia original cream cheese has the lowest carb count of any I've found. Feel free to use any cream cheese you like best, but be sure to look for one with the fewest carbs.