Spicy Chicken Soup with Peppers

This homemade Spicy Chicken Soup with Peppers recipe is the perfect light, healthy meal and a quick, easy way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken. Pair it with a salad or toss in some cooked rice or noodles. Gluten-Free and packed with nutrition!

Spicy Chicken Soup with Peppers in a bowl

We love spicy soups! Have you tried Banga Soup? It is a traditional African dish with blended scotch bonnet peppers and is so delicious and hearty.

I know what you’re thinking. Spicy soup? 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 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?


Chicken Soup with Peppers Gluten Free Recipe

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


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.

chili flakes in a small bowl

Slice up some green onions and cut some peppers into thin strips.

I used red, yellow and orange peppers.

Talk about eating a rainbow. 🙂

sliced peppers and green onions on white cutting board

This soup comes together super fast.

Bring your chicken broth or stock to a simmer and add in the peppers.

Peppers being dropped into a soup pot

Stir in the spicy ketchup,! It is the key.

A spoon with spicy sauce about to be stirred into soup

Add in the chicken.

TIP! Using leftover rotisserie is perfect for this recipe.

Give everything a good stir and let it simmer away.

Spicy Chicken Soup simmering in a pot

Now comes the fresh cilantro.

Some love it, some hate it. I am in the LOVE camp.

Fresh cilantro in a soup pot

Top each bowl with some of the sliced green onion.

I also like to use more fresh cilantro as garnish.

Chicken Soup in a bowl


I like adding grains to my soups to give them more staying power.

Using leftover cooked rice (use my tried and true method for cooking perfect brown rice quickly), cooked quinoa, or a whole grain noodle, like brown spaghetti or penne will keep you satiated.

Pairing this soup with a great big salad is lovely too.

Chicken Soup in a bowl

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*Originally posted May 2013. Updated March 2, 2020*

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Spicy Chicken Soup with Peppers

Sharon Rhodes
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 136 kcal


  • 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


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


Calories: 136kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 10gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 1471mgPotassium: 553mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1210IUVitamin C: 63.9mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 1.8mg
Keyword gluten free chicken recipe, spicy chicken soup
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  1. 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

    1. 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!!

  2. 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! 🙂

    1. 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.

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