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Green Chicken Enchilada Soup

February 10, 2024

This craveable green chicken enchilada soup is a budget-and-weeknight friendly marriage of two classic dishes, and it’s destined to become a staple on your dinner table in no time!


Green Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe with avocado and white beans in a bowl

Chicken Enchilada Soup with a Twist.

This GREEN chicken enchilada soup is so genius it has us kicking ourselves that we didn’t think of it sooner. We’ve taken two of our great loves: tortilla soup and white bean chicken chili, and married them to create a zesty, hearty and budget-friendly weeknight dinner dish you’ll be craving on the regular!

What’s the secret to this dish? It’s all about that tangy green enchilada sauce. This pantry staple isn’t just for enchiladas any more. We love using green enchilada sauce in this dish because the tomatillo base makes it an herby, tart replacement for its smokier, spicier red counterpart. With the addition of a few fresh ingredients—and our time saving rotisserie chicken hack—this dinner will be on your table in no time, much to the delight of your happily-slurping family.

ingredients laid out for green chicken enchilada soup, zucchini, rotisserie chicken, broth, beans

What is Green Chicken Enchilada Soup?

This enchilada soup is a combination of two of our most beloved go-to soup recipes: White Bean Chicken Chili and Tortilla Soup. We’ve borrowed ingredients from two of our favorite dishes, mixed, matched, and added a couple things along the way, and the results are something we’re really proud of.

Here’s what’s in it:

  • Veggies: zucchini, green bell pepper, onion and garlic.
  • Shredded chicken: kitchen hack alert! Grab a rotisserie chicken from your local market. By using it for your chicken in this dish you’ll save tons of time.
  • Pantry staples: a can of green enchilada sauce, canned diced green chiles, chicken stock, and a can of white beans.
  • Seasoning: a little salt, pepper, and cumin is all it takes!
Green Chicken Enchilada Soup in a pot with beans, zucchini, bell peppers and chicken.
Green Chicken Enchilada Soup in a pot

Can I Make Green Chicken Enchilada Soup Keto-Friendly?

You betcha you can! If you are watching your carb intake, this soup can work for you by simply removing the beans and being careful not to over do it on the zucchini and onion. As an added bonus most of the topping options are low-carb too! We love to top it with:

  • avocado
  • green or purple onions
  • fresh cilantro
  • cheese
  • sour cream

This soup is so versatile, it can also be easily tweaked to make for a great dairy-free (skip the cheese and sour cream) and gluten-free option.

A ladle with Green Chicken Enchilada Soup

Winner, Winner Rotisserie Chicken Dinner!

We recently republished our beloved Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe, in which we talk a lot about our obsession with using a grocery store-bought rotisserie chicken as a dinner shortcut. Well, you can add this dish to the seemingly-endless list of fantastic rotisserie chicken-based dinner options. Like we always say, you’re no less of a home cook for relying on the occasional shortcut. And buying a whole, cooked chicken is one of the greatest shortcuts of all time!

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More Rotisserie Chicken Miracle Meals:

  • This Quinoa Bowl is hearty and satisfying‚ especially when smothered in the world’s best cashew-based chipotle cream!
  • Loaded Sweet Potatoes are fantastic vehicles for that same luscious cashew-chipotle cream and ding, ding, guessed it! Topping them with shredded rotisserie chicken makes for a perfectly balanced meal.
  • Cozy and filling, our Instant Pot White Bean Chicken Chili can’t be beat. Make it one night, and our new green chicken enchilada soup the next and compare and contrast. That’s my kind of fun!
Green Chicken Enchilada Soup in a bowl with avocado and zucchini

This Truly, Truly, is The Best Chicken Enchilada Soup.

If you make and enjoy this enchilada soup, we’d love to hear about it! Post a picture to Instagram and tag @themodernproper and #themodernproper so we can oooh and ahhh along with you. Happy eating!

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Green Chicken Enchilada Soup

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  30 min
  • Calories: 417


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups shredded chicken (from a rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 (16 oz) can green enchilada sauce
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles
  • 2 (15.5) can great northern white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 small zucchini, ½” slices
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper

Optional toppings

  • avocado, diced
  • green or purple onions, diced
  • fresh cilantro, minced
  • cheese, shredded
  • corn chips
  • sour cream
  • radishes, thinly sliced


  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium sized pot over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
  2. Add in all remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Allow to cook for 20-30 minutes until vegetables are soft. Adjust seasoning as needed and serve warm topped with garnishes of your choice.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories417
  • Protein25 g
  • Carbohydrates51 g
  • Total Fat12 g
  • Dietary Fiber13 g
  • Cholesterol38 mg
  • sodium2775 mg
  • Total Sugars9 g

Green Chicken Enchilada Soup

Questions & Reviews

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  • Andrew

    Do I need to add any water to the green enchilada soup?

    Nope, hope you enjoy!

  • Robin

    Enchilada sauce generally comes in 10 oz cans. Do I need to make sure I use 16 oz or did you mean 1 normal size can?

    You might lack a little bit of flavor if you only use 10. We usually get the 19 oz can and just leave a little left out. You can definitely taste it with 10 and see if you think it's ok. Hope you enjoy Robin.

  • Erin

    Can I make this in a crock pot?

    Yes you could. We haven't tested it to give you an exact time though.

  • Stephanie

    This looks so darn good but the nutritional info states 2282mg of sodium per serving. Any suggestions on how to bring those sodium levels down?

    you could use low sodium chicken stock and reduce or omit the salt.

  • Amy

    Dee-lish and super quick!! I was skeptical about the white beans, so we only used 1 can... super flavorful- we'll definitely make this again. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    Thanks Amy, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Heather

    Do you have a suggestion for a mild green enchilada sauce? I made it with half the amount of green enchilada sauce and it was so spicy that my kids wouldn’t touch it and I could barely eat it.

    Hi Heather, sorry to hear it was too spicy for the kiddos. The Brand Las Palmas it typically pretty mild. You can also leave out the canned green chiles next time.

  • Alli

    Have made this twice now and it's been a hit for everyone, including my 1 and 3 year old kids! Definitely recommend adding cilantro, radish, crushed tortilla chips, and a dollop of sour cream. So, so easy and delicious!

    Thanks Alli, we are s happy everyone loves it!

  • Shannon

    I love this recipe. We’ve made it several times and it’s so flavorful and great with all the toppings.

    Thanks Shannon, happy you love it! It's always fun to hear when something is made lots of times!

  • Sue

    I now think of myself as a person who can make good for you homemade soup! The chicken with white beans was delish. This was 'I ate too much" good. Up next, the curry. Love your recipes.

    Thank you Sue! Happy to hear you love our recipes and this one particularly!