Spicy Chicken Soup with Peppers

by Sharon on April 20, 2018

This Spicy Chicken Soup with Peppers is the perfect light meal and a great way to use up leftover chicken. Pair it with a salad or toss in some cooked rice or noodles. Gluten Free and packed with nutrition and heat!

Spicy Chicken Soup with Peppers - Gluten free

I know what you’re thinking. Spicy Chicken Soup with Peppers? It’s almost summer! Where are the salads?

In my defense this is a broth based, clear soup with crisp-tender peppers and fresh cilantro for that clean, fresh taste. It’s light but balanced with some spice thrown in there by way of my secret spicy sauce. Who doesn’t love a secret sauce?

Spicy Chicken Soup with Peppers

Spicy Chicken Soup with Peppers - Gluten free

So, what is this spicy potion? It’s as simple as chili flakes stirred into a bit of ketchup. Booooom!

Spicy Chicken Soup with Peppers - Gluten free

I use a full tablespoon of chili flakes but, start out with half of that if you’re not down with to much fire. I like it on the spicier side.

Slice up some green onions and cut some peppers into thin strips. I used red, yellow and orange peppers. Talk about eating a rainbow. 🙂

Spicy Chicken Soup with Peppers - Gluten free

This soup comes together super fast. Bring your chicken broth or stock to a simmer, add in the peppers and spicy ketchup, cook them until crisp tender, then stir in your cooked chicken and fresh cilantro.

Top each bowl with some of the sliced green onion. I actually had some quinoa in the fridge (surprise, surprise!) so I stirred in a portion to my soup and it was awesome. I highly recommend adding in some cooked grains if you have some.


FIY – I will be doing a 7 day cleanse coming up and a few people have expressed an interest in joining me. My mantra is “You can do anything for 7 days”. I will post more info next week so, if you’re in, get mentally prepared and ready to detox!

Spicy Chicken Soup with Peppers - Gluten free

Serves 4 servings

Spicy Chicken Soup with Peppers
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  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ peppers, cut into strips (I used ½ if 3 different coloured peppers)
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes
  • 3 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
  • ½ bunch of cilantro leaves
  • 2 green onions, sliced on the diagonal


  1. In a large saucepan bring the broth to a simmer
  2. Meanwhile, stir the chili flakes into the ketchup
  3. Add the peppers and the spicy ketchup to the broth and stir well
  4. Let cook at a simmer until peppers are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes
  5. Add in the chicken and cilantro and stir
  6. Ladle evenly into bowls and top each with the fresh green onions

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Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health July 14, 2013 at 11:41 pm
This soup does look very light and refreshing! I would have never thought to add ketchup to soup but I love ketchup so I'm sure it's great. I'm hoping your 7 day cleanse involves food! Only drinking juice for 7 days would be torture. I'm interested to see how it goes though! I should probably jump on board after all of those cupcakes I ate! :)
Sharon July 15, 2013 at 7:05 am
Too much recipe tasting is the exact reason I need a cleanse! There is food for sure. I need food! It's a bit of an elimination diet and nothing processed.
Natalie Ellis April 23, 2018 at 8:41 pm
Love it! But is it spicy? You put chili flakes and also pepper. Btw, I'm interested in your mantra, wait to see more information abt it xD
Sharon April 24, 2018 at 8:21 am
Hey Natalie! Yes, the soup is on the spicy side. The chili flake/ketchup combo adds some heat for sure. Check out the 'about' page for info on my mantra. :) Enjoy the rest of your week!!
Natalie Ellis April 25, 2018 at 10:31 pm
Yay. Thank you :)

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