Tara Lean Cream of Chicken Soup :: WRAL.com

– I’ve made so many different recipes for white bean, chili chicken soup and chicken tortilla that I’ve prepared here to make my own. It’s one of the few dishes my kids eat. And it’s very easy to make!

Creamy Chicken Tara Lean Soup


  • 1 grilled chicken
  • 1/2 onion, diced (can be yellow or Vidalia onions)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 packet sweet corn
  • 1 can of great northern beans
  • 1 can of pinto beans
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can diced tomato with green pepper
  • 1 box 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Optional toppings: avocado, cheese, tortilla chips


1) Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the chopped onions.

2) Remove the meat from the roasted chicken bone and cut it into cubes.

3) Cut the garlic into cubes and fry with onions for a minute. Then add the chicken.

3) Add all the spices and let the chicken absorb all the flavors for a few minutes. You may need to add a little chicken broth to keep things moist.

4) Add the corn and tomato cubes and stir well over a medium heat.

5) This is the perfect time to open, rinse, and drain cans of beans. Then add it to the pot.

6) Add most of the chicken broth and let the soup simmer for five minutes or until everything is warm.

Note: I buy a 32-ounce carton of chicken broth and use about 2/3 of it to start. Depending on the density you want the soup to be, you can add more or less, however, wait until you add the sour cream and heavy cream.

7) Finally, mix the sour cream with the heavy cream.

Kid-friendly options

This soup/chili has some kicks and my boys love the spice. The first time you do this, consider buying diced tomatoes and a can of chiles separately. You can make it without diced green peppers entirely and still enjoy some kicks from the cumin and spice.

We love using Tostetos scoops with this soup. It’s great to crumble on top to add some crunch or use as a spoon!

Quick and simple shortcuts

Most recipes require chopping and cooking your own chicken. Using roasted chicken has been our goal now for years for any recipe that calls for diced chicken. If you bought them a day or two before making this recipe, put them in the microwave for a minute to cool before slicing them. It makes it much easier.

Look for cans that have pop-up tops. I need to say more.

The secret of the next day

Keep extra chicken broth on hand because stews, soups, and chilies get thicker the next day. This way you can add some broth if you want to thin it out a bit.

Tara Lynn is a former WRAL reporter and broadcaster. She has spent over 15 years in journalism telling visual stories through love-filled photography for families of all kinds. The mother of three little ones and one big rescue dog believe in celebrating the magic in the little things, big loved ones, and the imperfect moments that make the most wonderful memories. Her vision is to help families celebrate and share their love through photography and curated album artwork that become timeless keepsakes that connect multiple generations… because moments often pass in the blink of an eye, and the images we capture connect us to our memories and memories. Great love forever.

You can find Tara Lynn on Instagram at TaraLynn_andCo and TaraLynnAndCo.com. Learn more about her photography at TaraLynnAndCoPhoto.com.


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