Homemade Yucatan Chicken Soup

Waitrose do a soup called ‘Yucatan Chicken’ which is extremely tasty, but is also pretty expensive.

However it’s really easy to make the same thing at home, and to be honest it tastes even better. 🙂

(Unfortunately I don’t have any photos because the weather has been rubbish and I’m no food photographer at the best of time, to be honest.)

Homemade Yucatan Chieck Soup

(feeds about 8 people)


2 chicken breasts (or the leftovers from a roast chicken)

500ml tomato pasatta

1ltr chicken stock

2 cans of cooked beans (your preference)

1 onion

250g frozen sweetcorn

handful of tortilla chips (crushed)

3 large cloves of garlic

2 red peppers

1 lime

a bunch of coriander

ground cumin


chilli flakes (or two large red chillies)

optional – a bit of soured cream


  • If not already cooked, put the chicken breasts and chopped up red peppers into a medium oven till cooked through (about 20 minutes) then shread the chicken with a couple of forks and put to one side
  • Put a bit of oil, the chopped onion, the crushed garlic, about a table spoon each of cumin, paprika, and chilli flakes (or to taste) into a large pan on a medium heat
  • when the onion is cooking nicely and smells great add the beans, the sweetcorn, the chicken, the cooked peppers, the pasatta, and the stock
  • add the juice of the lime and the crushed tortilla chips and leave to simmer for a bit
  • Just before serving add the chopped coriander (leaves and stems) and stir in a couple of table spoons of the soured cream if using

Note: I haven’t tried freezing it but I think it should freeze fine.


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2 thoughts on “Homemade Yucatan Chicken Soup

  1. To keep costs down this would totally work fine with chicken legs or thighs (Would require a bit longer cooking in the oven). I would also recommend putting the bones in the soup and taking them out last minute for extra minerals, and gelatine. Or could simply cook the chicken in the soup itself (add beans and sweetcorn later), that way you get the rich fat full of immunity boosting palmitoleic acid. A delicious, spicy sounding recipe!

  2. Brilliant, I had the Waitrose one last week and thought I must find out how to make it. Thanks for that. I have added a bit of rice as well. Yummy

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