Chipotle Lime Soup with Shredded Chicken – Gluten Free

by Sharon on September 19, 2018

Smoky and spicy with tangy hints of citrus and creamy bites avocado, this recipe for Chipotle Lime Soup with Shredded Chicken hits all the marks! Gluten free and freezer friendly.

Bowl of chicken soup with fresh avocado sliced on top and cut limes in the background


One of my favourite ways to add flavour to my cooking is by adding a little heat. Chipotle is nice because instead of setting your mouth ablaze, it simply adds smokiness with just the slightest touch of fire.

The key is combining a little creaminess to the picture and that comes in the form of avocado.




The main component in the Chipotle Lime Soup with Shredded Chicken is obviously the chipotle.

I usually buy the tin of chipotle in adobo sauce. I don’t use it all but the rest that I don’t use in this soup I will transfer to a little air tight container, glass container.

Later in the week I might make this chipotle chicken salad or this healthier seven layer dip. Other great ideas with leftovers chipotle peppers here.



I use whatever veggies I have in my crisper for soups.

Things like leftover half peppers and celery on it’s last legs make for a delicious broth.

Cut bell peppers, onion and celery on a a marble chopping board

Sautéing your veggies with the chipotle peppers allows them to soak up all the smoky goodness.

Chipotle & Lime Soup with Shredded Chicken

To make this soup even easier, just toss the chicken breasts into the soup whole to cook. The chicken will poach in the liquid and will absorb the essence of your veggies and the chipotle peppers.

It also makes your chicken tender and juicy.


Chipotle & Lime Soup with Shredded Chicken

When the soup is ready the chicken can be simply shredded with a couple of forks and stirred back in.

If you have some cooked grains like brown rice or quinoa throw those in too!

Chipotle & Lime Soup with Shredded Chicken

Chipotle & Lime Soup with Shredded Chicken

Finish it off with a squeeze of fresh lime and it. is. on!

I may have added more hot sauce because I’m crazy like that. I actually got a bit too crazy and added so much extra hot sauce that beads of sweat kind of broke out on my forehead!

Avocado to the rescue.  It added just the right amount of creaminess to balance my over zealous hot sauce action. If you have some avocado, toss it in!


I enjoy this soup the next day warmed up with some cooked brown rice. It is a great lunch.

I love cooking once/eating twice meals, don’t you? 🙂


*Originally posted May 22, 2014. Updated September 19, 2018*

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Chipotle Lime Soup with Shredded Chicken – Gluten Free
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken recipes, dairy free recipes, gluten free chicken recipes, soup recipes
Servings: 4
Author: Sharon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ medium onion chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 pepper chopped
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 6 cups broth
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tbsp cumin
  • ½ lime juiced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 medium avocado chopped
  1. Heat the oil over medium heat then add the onion, celery and red pepper. Sauté the veggies until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and chipotle peppers
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, except the avocado, lime and parsley. Bring to a boil
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer for an hour
  4. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred it with two forks. Return the chicken to the pot and stir in the lime juice and parsley
  5. Top each bowl with the fresh chopped avocado

Chipotle Lime Soup with Shredded Chicken pinterest graphic

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen @ Kama Fitness May 22, 2014 at 3:55 pm
mmmm hot & spicy soup, I'm in! I've honestly never tired chipolte peppers before, I really need to get out there any buy some because I am a huge fan of heat. In the summer & in my mouth! lolz! I wonder if I could find them to put in my garden...that right there would be true love.
Sharon May 22, 2014 at 11:32 pm
Can I say I'm super jealous you have a garden??? I guess I just did! :) Lucky you!! I dream of my own garden one day ...
Mike May 23, 2014 at 9:24 am
Karen, you may already have them in your garden, you just don't know it! Chipotle peppers are simply (hickory or oak) smoked Jalepeno peppers, and then dried. This recipe looks great Sharon, i'm definitely bookmarking and making this soon!
Sharon May 23, 2014 at 9:47 am
Thanks Mike! Have a great weekend! :)
Becky H. March 5, 2016 at 8:33 pm
Chipotles are jalapenos that have been smoked. So, if you have a smoker, grow your own!
Toronto Girl West May 26, 2014 at 12:40 am
Mexican style chicken soups are amongst the yummiest things out there! But I've never tried one with chipotle - adding it to my must-try list!
Sharon May 26, 2014 at 8:54 am
It's so good! Chipotle is my favourite way to add heat. I hope you love it. Have a great week Karen! :)
Linda October 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm
This soup tastes amazing!! I made it last week and have another pot on the stove. Simple ingredients, packed with flavor, and a bit of heat. If it is a little too hot, you can use sour cream with your avocado to tame the heat. Love, love this soup!!!
Sharon October 18, 2014 at 9:16 pm
Thanks Linda! You're a dollface. :) I love this soup too. Great idea about adding in a little more creaminess if the heat is too much. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Allison December 6, 2014 at 5:21 pm
I've made this a few times now - so easy & delish!! My husband and I have very different tastes so it's hard to cook things we both like and this soup is a definite favorite!
Sharon December 7, 2014 at 9:44 am
Thanks Allison! I appreciate the nice comment. It's always an extra sweet compliment with the fellas like something healthy! :) Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Heather January 6, 2016 at 8:14 pm
I'd love to try this recipe, but the adobo sauce has gluten. It's gotten me before! Try dried chilies instead.
Sharon January 7, 2016 at 2:19 pm
Yikes! I had no idea. Sneaky buggers. ;) Chilis it is. Thanks Heather!
Lindsay July 5, 2016 at 8:34 pm
the brand Embasa Chipotles is labelled Gluten Free!!
Sharon July 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Thanks Lindsay! :)
Becky H. March 5, 2016 at 8:30 pm
Aw, man, you gotta make this soup! I made it for our dinner tonight, didn't add the salt, and hubby DIDN'T SALT IT EITHER. He's a salt freak, salt on everything (well, except for chocolate or ice cream), and I never saw him reach for the shaker once! This soup has so much flavor, it sent me on a search for other chipotle recipes. I found two and will be making them both. The soup smells heavenly while cooking, so go ahead, stink up the neighborhood and enjoy. The neighbors will be asking for the recipe.
Sharon March 6, 2016 at 11:46 am
Agreed! This soup is a favourite around here also. Hopefully the whole neighbourhood didn't show up at your door. ;) Thanks Becky!
Teresa torres September 19, 2018 at 11:06 am
Sharon, what kind of broth do I put in? I'm assuming chicken ?
Sharon September 19, 2018 at 11:17 am
Hey Teresa! Chicken or vegetable broth would both work great. :)
Colleen September 24, 2018 at 7:53 pm
I just can't get enough soup right now! (I think I missed it a lot over the summer, haha). This one really caught my eye because chipotle in abodo is a pantry staple at our house and we like heat in our food. I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing, Sharon
Jennifer Pallian September 26, 2018 at 10:18 am
Sounds so delicious and fresh!
Sharon September 26, 2018 at 11:02 am
Thanks Jennifer! It is a crowd pleaser for sure. :)

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