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Spicy Chicken Soup

This Mexican-inspired, spicy chicken soup is the perfect healthy soup recipe for fall. It’s made with creamy pumpkin and spicy chipotle peppers, and loaded with hearty chicken, beans and vegetables. And, thanks to a rotisserie chicken, this delicious chicken soup recipe only takes about 30 minutes to make. Makes about 12 servings.

Mexican chicken soup with pumpkin and chipotle

Why I love this spicy chicken soup

The weather is finally starting to cool down, and it’s almost fall. I’m loving the weather change. It’s finally time for cozy clothes – scarves, boots, sweaters. Time for pumpkins, apples, warm drinks and soup.

Pumpkin soup to be exact. But I’m not 100 percent ready for a season change. So this soup gives you a little of both worlds. A summery kick of chipotle peppers and corn mixed with a warm, velvety richness of pumpkin.

chipotle chicken and pumpkin soup

Here’s what you’ll need to make this healthy chicken soup

close up of spicy chicken soup

How to make spicy chicken soup

I used a rotisserie chicken to make the soup this time, but you could use leftover chicken if you have it. I just really wanted soup for dinner and fast – so the rotisserie shortcut did the trick this time.

Top it off with some fresh cilantro and you have a delicious, hearty meal in just about 30 minutes (okay… 35 but who’s counting when it comes to something so good?)

spicy chicken soup with pumpkin and black beans

FAQ’s and tips for making spicy chicken soup

How can I make this soup less spicy?

If you don’t want the soup to be too spicy, leave out one or both of the chipotle peppers – but don’t skip on the adobo sauce unless you really can’t handle the heat because you want to keep the flavor of the chipotle adobo sauce.

What type of bread goes with spicy chicken soup?

A hard crusty and hearty bread roll would be great served alongside this soup. A nice sweet cornbread or pumpkin loaf would also pair well! 

How long will spicy chicken soup last in the fridge?

If you keep your soup in an airtight container in the fridge you can expect it to last anywhere between 3 and 5 days and be just fine.

Can you freeze healthy chicken soup?

Yes you can! This soup can freeze very well. After your soup has cooled completely sort it out into serving size or meal size and pour it into a freezer friendly airtight container and keep stored for up to 3 months. Thaw, reheat and enjoy.

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3 bowls of chicken and pumpkin soup and 3 spoons off to the side with towel and garnish

Spicy Chicken Soup

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 812 1x


This Mexican-inspired, spicy chicken soup is the perfect healthy soup recipe for fall. It’s made with creamy pumpkin and spicy chipotle peppers, and loaded with hearty rotisserie chicken, beans and vegetables.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large carrot, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 large celery stalk (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 4 cups shredded chicken
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce (from chipotle pepper can)
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups corn kernels, thawed if frozen
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. In a large stockpot, heat olive oil to medium.
  2. Add onion, celery, carrots and garlic.
  3. Sauté until onions are translucent – about 5 minutes.
  4. Add chicken broth and pumpkin puree – stirring until smooth.
  5. Stir in chicken, chipotle peppers, black beans, corn kernels, cumin, and salt.
  6. Bring to a slow boil.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for ten minutes.
  8. Top with shredded cheese and cilantro before serving.
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 214
  • Sugar: 4.1 g
  • Sodium: 139.4 mg
  • Fat: 7.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.7 g
  • Fiber: 4.7 g
  • Protein: 20.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 39.2 mg

Keywords: dairy free, healthy, easy, rotisserie chicken, chicken

Recipe adapted from Budget Bytes.

Last Updated on December 14, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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  2. This soup was perfect! Made it for dinner last night and it came together so easily, I even used your “how to purée a pumpkin” tutorial for this recipe. So much flavor and the perfect amount of heat!
    And plenty of leftovers!! Loved it!

  3. I just made this today minus the carrot & celery as the recipe I had didn’t include them. It was delicious!!! I’m sure the carrots & celery would be great also but it was tasty without. This is a super recipe & my picky teenage son even loved it. Next time will double the recipe as for 4 of us there are zero leftovers!! 4 stars!!!

  4. I made this today minus the carrots & celery as my recipe didn’t include them. It was absolutely delicious!! The carrots & celery would be a great addition but was fine without. Even my teenage son loved it! Next time I will double the recipe for leftovers. I used two peppers & heat was perfect for us! I give this 4 stars!! Cheryl from Florida

    1. Where is it featured as a crockpot recipe? I haven’t tried it myself, but I’d love to hear how it turns out if you try it!

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