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Tomatillo Chicken Soup

Tomatillo Chicken Soup

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  • Makes: 4 to 6 servings
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Slow Cook 6 hrs to 7 hrs (low ) or 3 to 3-1/2 hours (high)

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Tomatillos (the key ingredient in green salsa) look like green tomatoes with papery husks. Although they can be eaten raw, we like to cook tomatillos with other ingredients to mellow and balance their tart flavor.


  • 6 medium tomatillos, husks removed and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 32 - ounce box chicken broth
  • 1 medium green sweet pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 4 - ounce can diced green chiles
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced*
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Topper such as sour cream, chopped green onion, chopped red sweet pepper, sliced jalapeno peppers, snipped fresh cilantro, and/or tortilla chips (optional)


  1. Chop three tomatillos. Place remaining tomatillos in blender. Cover; blend until smooth. In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine pureed and chopped tomatillos, chicken, broth, sweet pepper, onion, celery, chiles, cilantro, jalapeno, cumin, lime juice, chili powder, garlic, salt and black pepper.
  2. Cover; cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or high for 3 to 3-1/2 hours. Remove chicken; let stand until cool enough to handle. Shred chicken; return to soup in slow-cooker. If desired, serve topped with sour cream, additional chopped red sweet pepper or jalapeno peppers, snipped cilantro, and/or tortilla chips. Makes 4 to 6 servings.


  • * Because hot chile peppers, such as jalapenos, contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with chiles as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.


  • For Easy Cleanup: Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts

(Tomatillo Chicken Soup)

Servings Per Recipe 4, vit. C (mg) 42, carb. (g) 10, Thiamin (mg) 0, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Potassium (mg) 694, cal. (kcal) 247, vit. A (IU) 875, pro. (g) 42, sat. fat (g) 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1, Monounsaturated fat (g) 1, Folate (µg) 24, Fat, total (g) 4, Riboflavin (mg) 0, chol. (mg) 101, Niacin (mg) 0, sugar (g) 4, sodium (mg) 1708, iron (mg) 2, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1, fiber (g) 3, calcium (mg) 81

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