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  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Yellow onion
  • Celery
  • Jalapeño pepper
  • Garlic
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Frozen corn
  • Can no-salt-added, diced tomatoes
  • Reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • Italian seasoning
  • Oregano
  • Cumin
  • Limes
  • Cilantro
  • Avocado

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June 2, 2015 | Issue 559

Lime and Chicken Soup with Avocado

Lime and Chicken Soup

Summer Soup

Chicken soup may be a winter staple, but zesty lime and fresh avocado can easily dress this dish up for a rainy summer day. This recipe features a medley of colorful veggies, Italian herbs and juicy citrus. Limes are an excellent source of vitamin C. They're also packed with phytochemicals like limonoids and flavonoids, making them an excellent part of any cancer-protective meal.

Makes 6 Servings.

Per serving: 258 calories, 12 g total fat (2 g saturated fat),
18 g carbohydrate, 24 g protein, 4 g dietary fiber, 589 mg sodium.


  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper, seeded, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1½ tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 3 medium limes, 2 cut in half, 1 cut into 6 wedges for garnish
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, rinsed, chopped
  • 1 medium avocado, cut into 1/2-inch cube


In soup pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sauté onion, celery, jalapeño and garlic for 6 minutes or until tender. Add whole chicken breast, corn, tomatoes, broth, Italian seasoning, oregano and cumin to pot. Stir to mix ingredients. Over high heat bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 55 minutes.

Remove chicken breast to large platter and shred using two folks. Return chicken to soup.

Over strainer to catch seeds, squeeze juice of 2 limes into soup. Add cilantro and gently stir. Ladle soup into serving bowls. Top each bowl with avocado, garnish with lime wedge and serve.

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