Chicken Albóndigas Soup

If you use canned broth in this Mexican meatball soup, simmer it first with a few chicken wings and some chopped onion, carrot and celery to boost the flavor. Warming Soup Recipes

Chicken Albóndigas Soup
Photo: © Jonelle Weaver


  • 1 tablespoon pure olive oil

  • 1/4 cup minced onion

  • 1 tablespoon minced poblano plus 1/2 poblano chile, seeded and thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon minced red bell pepper

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/2 pound ground chicken

  • 1/4 cup cooked rice

  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro, plus leaves for garnish

  • 2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo, seeded and minced

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 4 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth

  • 1/2 cup corn kernels

  • 1/2 cup finely diced seeded plum tomato

  • Lime wedges, for serving

  • Tortilla chips, for serving


  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet. Add the onion, minced poblano, red bell pepper and garlic and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 4 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the cumin and the coriander and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Scrape the mixture into a medium bowl and let cool.

  2. Add the chicken to the bowl, along with the rice, egg white, minced cilantro, chipotles, 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Mix with your hands until thoroughly combined. Roll tablespoons of the meat into balls and set on a large plate.

  3. In a large saucepan, combine the chicken stock with the corn, tomato, sliced poblano and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cumin and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Add the meatballs and cook over low heat until firm and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Ladle the soup into large shallow bowls and garnish with the cilantro leaves. Serve with the lime wedges and tortilla chips.

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