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Easy Low Carb Chicken Soup

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Forget bland, boring low-carb meals! This Easy Chicken Soup is bursting with flavor and is ready in a flash. Creamy, cheesy, and packed with protein, it’s the perfect way to warm up and satisfy your cravings without the guilt. Ditch the takeout and whip up a batch of this low-carb magic!

Bowl of chicken soup made with whipping cream, RoTel, and cheese.

This keto-friendly dish has simple ingredients found at most grocery stores and tastes great while being only about six grams net carbs per serving! It’s perfect for people on a keto or low-carb diet who are looking for some hearty food without all the carbs!

This is a really simple, easy recipe and you don’t have to have any special cooking skills. All you need is a good skillet or Dutch oven to make the soup, a can opener for the can of Ro*Tel, a couple of forks to shred the chicken, and bowls and soup to slurp up the soup’s goodness.

This keto soup recipe was developed by Stephanie Laska and is one of “100 easy-peasy recipes low in carbs, big on flavor” that you will find in her book, The Dirty Lazy Keto 5-Ingredient Cookbook. (I’ll tell you more about the book after the recipe.)

This recipe could easily be doubled and implemented into your keto meal prep routine or even served to guests. It’s easy-to-make comfort food perfect for busy nights or casual weekends.

Ingredients

For this creamy cheesy chicken soup with a Mexican flair, you need the following ingredients:

  • 10 ounces diced tomatoes and green chiles undrained
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, approximately 4.2 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Measuring cup filled with shredded Cheddar cheese.

How To Make Souper Douper Chicken Soup

Pouring broth over tomatoes in a Dutch oven.

Place a medium skillet, Dutch oven, or soup pot on the stove and turn the burner on medium heat. Place the diced tomatoes and green chiles (Ro*Tel), broth, uncooked chicken, and taco seasoning in the skillet/Dutch oven.

Woman's hand placing chicken breasts into a pot of soup.

Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook the soup for 20 minutes covered. Stir it regularly and flip the breasts after 10 minutes.

Chicken cooking in chicken soup in a blue Dutch oven.

Next, let the soup cool slightly and then shred the cooked chicken using two forks, keeping the chicken in the pan. (Since I tend to make a mess, I removed the chicken from my Dutch oven and shredded it on a plate. I then returned the shredded chicken to the soup base.)

Reheat the pan over medium heat. Stir in heavy whipping cream and Cheddar cheese. Let the soup simmer covered for another 10 minutes, stirring it regularly.

Bowl of chicken soup topped with a jalapeno.

Store any leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Substitutions/Swaps for Making Low-Carb Chicken Soup

If you are heading to the grocery store, you should be able to find all of these ingredients. If you are “shopping” your pantry, here are a few substitutions that you can make if needed. (These substitutions are what I recommend.)

For the chicken, you can use leftover rotisserie chicken or even canned chicken. Since it is already cooked, add it to the soup during the last 10 minutes (not at the beginning).

Taco Seasoning

An easy taco seasoning substitute would be to make your own homemade taco seasoning by combining 1 Tbsp chili powder + 1 Tbsp cumin + 1 Tbsp cornstarch.

I prefer to use organic products when possible. While I was at the store, I did not see a packet of organic taco seasoning, but I did see organic fajita seasoning. I used it when I made this recipe and it was a great substitution.

If you like your food on the spicy side, look for a can of HOT Ro*Tel – it has habaneros in it and will light a little fire in you when you eat it.

FAQs

Does low-carb chicken soup have a lot of carbs?

Each serving of this recipe has 7 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of fiber.

Can you eat soup on a low-carb diet?

Absolutely as long as you skip the bread and crackers – they are full of carbs! Just be sure to budget the macros in your daily allowance.

If I don’t have vegetable broth, can I use chicken broth?

You can because chicken broth has 5 calories and 0 carbs in 1 cup compared to vegetable broth which has 10 calories and 3 grams of carbs.

Is Chicken Soup Keto-friendly?

Yes and no. Not all chicken soups are keto-friendly, but this low carb version is. It’s also gluten-free and nut-free.

Can this soup be frozen?

Yep! It sure can, if there are any leftovers. Just place it in a freezer-proof container and freeze for up to 3 months. When you get ready to use it, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave.


By the Numbers: Nutrition Information

Nutrition information will vary depending on the brands that you use as well as the exact quantities. Below are the numbers that were calculated by Word Press Recipe Maker. You can always double-check the products that you are using and compare to the chart and then make adjustments for your macros.

CaloriesCarbs (g)Fat (g)Protein (g)
Ro*Tel481112
Vegetable broth246
Raw chicken5151296
Heavy whipping cream8217885
Cheddar Cheese32412821
Taco seasoning51

What To Serve With this Dish

This dish is delicious just the way it is, but if you want to “bulk” it up a little, you can serve it over cauliflower rice (or regular rice for those not counting carbs). You can also serve it alongside a low-carb salad for a Soup and Salad dinner. Just be sure to skip the breadsticks.

Bowl of chicken soup made with whipping cream, RoTel, and cheese.

Souper Douper Chicken Soup

This keto-friendly dish has simple ingredients found at most grocery stores and tastes great while being only about six net grams of carbohydrate per serving! It’s perfect for people on a keto or low carb diet who are looking for some hearty food without all the carbs.
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 439kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces diced tomatoes and green chiles undrained
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 chicken breasts approximately 4.2 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, add diced tomatoes and green chiles, broth, chicken, and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Cook 20 minutes covered. Stir regularly and flip breasts after 10 minutes.
  • Let cool, then shred chicken using two forks, keeping chicken in the pan. Reheat pan over medium heat. Stir in cream and cheese. Let simmer covered another 10 minutes, stirring regularly.
  • Let cool and then serve warm in four bowls.

Notes

Excerpted from The Dirty Lazy Keto 5-Ingredient Cookbook by Stephanie Laska, MEd, and William Laska. Copyright © 2021 by Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 176mg | Sodium: 813mg | Potassium: 617mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1513IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 219mg | Iron: 1mg
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The Dirty Lazy Keto 5-Ingredient Cookbook

Dirty Lazy Keto 5-Ingredient Cookbook.

Dirty Lazy Keto Cookbook is the perfect book for anyone who wants to make keto accessible. With 100 recipes that are all under 10g net carbs per serving, this book will have you cooking up delicious meals in no time! Plus, Stephanie’s down-to-earth advice and mindset on how we should stop overthinking keto makes it an easy read.

You don’t need expensive specialty items or hours in the kitchen to make these recipes happen. They’re perfect for anyone who wants a low-carb, high-fat diet without sacrificing flavor or variety!

With recipes covering every meal of the day plus snacks and drinks – all made with inexpensive ingredients from chain grocery stores with an average person’s tastes in mind – this book really does make keto accessible in a way it never has been before.

The Dirty Lazy Keto Cookbook is the perfect book for anyone who wants to lose weight and eat delicious food. It’s written by Stephanie, a keto coach with years of experience helping people succeed on their diet journey. She understands what it’s like to be in your shoes – she lost 140 lbs (half her body weight) eating her signature DIRTY, LAZY, KETO way without being perfect or expecting others to be perfect either. This cookbook will help you get started on your own keto journey and make it easier than ever before!

The over 26,000 members of her DIRTY, LAZY, KETO Facebook support group will attest that both Stephanie and her methods are fun and they work!


Bowl of low carb chicken soup made with RoTel and heavy cream.

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