This Keto Chipotle Chicken Stew is a delicious and comforting low-carb soup that’s packed with flavor. Don’t skip the toppings!
Looking for a hearty meal idea? Look no further, this Keto Chipotle Chicken Stew checks all the boxes: quick and easy ✔️, delicious ✔️, topped with cheese ✔️.
The avocado and cotija are the ketogenic equivalents to a cherry on top, and this recipe will have everyone gathered around the table excited for dinner. Don’t be surprised if even the pickiest eaters are asking for a second bowl, pretty please with cotija on top.
This tasty stew has tons of flavor from onion, garlic, lime juice, chili powder, and bell peppers.
This chicken stew is really easy to prepare and can even be made a few different ways.
Can you use chicken breasts in this Keto Chipotle Chicken Stew?
Yes, you can technically use chicken breasts but we like to use chicken thighs since they have a better fat ratio for the keto diet. You could always add more avocado or even oil to bump up the fat if using chicken breast though.
Shredded chicken can be made out of either chicken breasts or thighs so feel free to use either for this chicken soup recipe.
What type of chicken stock should you use for this Mexican chicken stew?
You can use your favorite chicken stock. This can be homemade, the carton type such as Pacifica, or our personal favorite, Bonafide Provisions.
Do you know the sign of good quality chicken bone broth? It's when it jiggles like jello! This means that the broth is rich in joint nourishing collagen.
Can you use a slow cooker or Instant Pot?
Well, we mean we are a cast-iron website but we love our Instant Pot just as much as the next person. Yes, you can swap your cast iron for your crockpot or Instant Pot.
To make this soup in the slow cooker you'll want to brown the chicken and saute the onions and garlic before adding to the slow cooker. We would then cook on low for 5-6 hours.
To make in the Instant Pot use the saute function to brown the onion and garlic as well as the chicken. Then use the soup function on the IP.
Can you add cream cheese or coconut milk to make it creamy?
You read our minds. This soup would be delicious with a little cream cheese mixed in to make it creamy. Sort of like our Keto Queso Chicken Soup.
You could also use coconut milk but we're not sure how the sweetness would play here. If you try it be sure to let us know in the comments!
Do the chipotle peppers make this keto soup spicy?
A bit since chipotle peppers are dried jalapeños but you're only using one chipotle chili. You could always swap it out with some chopped bell pepper if you don't like any type of spice.
Can you add cauliflower rice to this stew?
Yes! We love adding cauliflower rice to stews since it soaks up all the great flavor and adds even more vegetables to the recipe. You could also serve the rice on the side.
Can you freeze this chicken soup?
Yes, just be sure to use a freezer-safe container. We like these meal prep containers from Amazon that are BPA free, freezer, dishwasher, and microwave safe.
What is the nutritional information for this recipe?
As always, you can find the full nutritional breakdown including total carbs and net carbs for keto at the bottom of the recipe card as well as the servings at the top of the recipe card. You should always double-check your specific ingredients as different brand's ingredients may have different values.
Keto Chipotle Chicken Stew
- 4 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 (15-ounce) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes with green chiles
- 1 cup bone broth
- 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce seeded and chopped, plus 1 tablespoon sauce from the can
- 4 radishes thinly sliced
- ¼ cup Cotija cheese crumbled
- 1 avocado diced
- 4 tablespoons cilantro minced
- 4 radishes thinly sliced
- Heat the oil in a large dutch oven, add the onion and garlic to the pot and saute for 3-4 minutes until starting to soften. Add the spices to the pot and cook 30 seconds until fragrant.
- Add the chicken to the pot and brown on each side. Once browned add the tomatoes, broth, and chipotle chile to the pot. Stir to combine.
- Bring to a low simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes.
- Top with desired toppings and serve.