Mexican Chicken Soup for Family Meals

Last updated: 26 March 2019

In 2015, I set myself a Pinterest challenge where I recreated the first Pinterest post in my feed for kids (usually picky kids) in mind. And so in March 2015 this recipe for making a Mexican Soup for Family meals was born.

I have also written about making Soup a more ergonomically friendly meal for kids to help them out and stop hearing that dreaded “No, me no like” before they’ve even tasted it.

Here are 5 soup recipes that my babies enjoyed as part of a family meal.

1. Roasted Carrot, Fennel and Apple Soup

Roasted Carrot, Fennel and Apple Soup by Play with Food

2. Butternut, Cauliflower and Lentil Soup

Butternut, Cauliflower and Lentil Soup | Play with Food

3. Chicken and Corn Soup

Kid Friendly Chicken and Corn Soup by Play with Food

4. Simple Fish Soup

Simpple Fish Soup by Play with Food


This Mexican Chicken Soup recipe – which, by the way, is so delicious! I couldn’t believe how creamy the avocado was to add to the soup – I had NEVER thought to add it in cubes like that at the end before!

Mexican Style Chicken Soup
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Adapted from Cooking Classy's Chicken Avocado and Lime Soup, this makes a very delicious lunch filled with fresh, fun mexican flavour. I've taken out the chilli and salt for my little family. I figure you can always add that back in later.
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4 bowls
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 4 small thigh fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 750ml low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ⅓ cup fresh coriander, chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 medium avocado, chopped
  • Serving suggestion: tortilla wraps topped with some grilled cheese and fresh coriander
  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add shallots and saute until tender.
  3. Add garlic and stir for 20 seconds before adding the stock, tomatoes, chicken and cumin.
  4. Bring to the boil and then reduce heat, cover with lid and simmer. Stir the soup occasionally, until chicken has cooked through. It takes 10 - 15 minutes depending on thickness of the chicken.
  5. Remove the cooked chicken from the saucepan and let rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes. Shred the chicken using two forks and return it to the soup.
  6. Stir in most of the fresh coriander and lime juice.
  7. Add the cubes of avocado just before serving and sprinkle on the reserved coriander as a garnish.

Mexican Style Chicken Soup by Play with Food


Serving ideas for older picky eaters:

1) strain out some chicken to serve on a plate next to some bread. They can be used as chicken and bread dippers.

2) serve plain broth in a mini tea cup or small glass as a warm “drink” – a straw is handy too for our learning motor-planners.

3) serve the avocado cubes and coriander to the side of this is overwhelming

4) team it with this nacho food chaining article to bring some more options to your family meal.


I hope this post comes in handy over the upcoming cooler months!  Let me know which ones you try and how the kids like it!

x Simone

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