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Chicken, Black Bean, and Cilantro Soup

This tasty Chicken, Black Bean and Cilantro Soup is low-glycemic and gluten-free, and this is such a lovely combination of flavors. 

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Salt Lake has gotten about 24 inches of snow in the last 24 hours, and I could use some comfort food, so this delicious Chicken, Black Bean, and Cilantro Soup sounds perfect. This is a quick and easy recipe, especially if you have some leftover rotisserie chicken in the fridge.

If you’re a regular reader you know I’m constantly going through the archives of the blog and updating old posts with new photos. And the new photos here are a big improvement over the original photo, with soup spilled all over the edge of the bowl! Hopefully the new photo will convince you that this is a very tasty soup. I’m a better cook now than I was then, so I’m also updating the recipe with slightly better instructions. Best of all, if you have leftover rotisserie chicken, you can have this on the table in about 30-40 minutes.

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How to Make Chicken, Black Bean, and Cilantro Soup:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe, including nutritional information.)

  1. Heat the oil in a heavy soup pot, then cook the diced onion and celery about 3-5 minutes, until they are soft but not browned.
  2. Add the ground cumin (affiliate link), chili powder, celery seed (affiliate link), and garlic and saute about 2 minutes more.
  3. Add chicken stock, vegetable broth, canned tomatoes, and salsa and let simmer 10 minutes. (Boring photo, but this is an important step.)
  4. While the soup simmer diced up some cooked chicken into small pieces until you have about 2 cups diced chicken.
  5. Add the chicken and 1 or 2 cans of black beans to the soup, taste to see if you want to add the green tabasco sauce (affiliate link), then simmer on low about 15-20 minutes.
  6. While this mixture simmers wash, spin dry, and chop enough fresh cilantro to make 1 cup chopped cilantro. (You can use less, but I wouldn’t!)
  7. Add the cilantro and let the simmer simmer 5 minutes more.
  8. Then add 3 T fresh-squeezed lime juice and simmer 2-3 minutes more.
  9. Serve hot, with cut limes to squeeze into the soup and sour cream if desired.

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More Soups for People Who Like Cilantro:

Coconut and Lime Chicken and Rice Soup from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pressure Cooker Spicy Pinto Bean Soup with Ham from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Chickpeas, Ginger, and Coriander Soup from Pinch My Salt
Carrot and Cilantro Soup from He Cooks, She Cooks
Minced Beef and Cilantro Soup from Cooking with the Single Guy

Chicken, Black Bean, and Cilantro Soup

Chicken, Black Bean, and Cilantro Soup

Yield Makes 8 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

This Chicken, Black Bean and Cilantro Soup is a quick and easy option for a tasty dinner and everyone who likes cilantro will love this soup!


  • 1 small onion, diced small
  • 1 cup celery, diced small
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 T ground cumin
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 tsp. celery seed
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder or garlic puree
  • 4 cups homemade chicken stock (or 2 cans chicken broth)
  • one 14 oz. can vegetable broth
  • one 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup Pace Picante Sauce (see notes)
  • 6-8 drops Green Tabasco Sauce or your favorite hot sauce (taste to see if you want this)
  • one 15 oz. can black beans (see notes)
  • 3 cups cooked chicken, cut in very small pieces
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro leaves and stems (chop the stems very small), plus more for serving if desired
  • 3 T fresh lime juice


  1. In a large heavy soup pot, saute onions and celery in olive oil 3-5 minutes, until soft but not browned.
  2. Add the ground cumin (affiliate link), chile powder, celery seed (affiliate link), and garlic and saute about 2 minutes more.
  3. Add the chicken stock, vegetable broth, tomatoes, and salsa, and simmer 10 minutes.
  4. After 10 minutes, taste for hotness and add green tabasco sauce (affiliate link) if desired.
  5. Add black beans and chicken and simmer 15-20 minutes more.
  6. While the soup simmer, wash, dry and chop enough fresh cilantro to make 1 cup chopped cilantro. and squeeze enough limes to make 3 T juice.
  7. After 15-20 minutes, add the chopped cilantro and simmer 5 minutes, then add lime juice and cook 2-3 minutes more.
  8. Serve hot with fresh limes to squeeze into the soup, sour cream, and additional chopped cilantro to sprinkle on top if desired.
  9. To make a delicious vegetarian soup, use 3 cans vegetable broth and eliminate the chicken stock, and 3 cans black beans and eliminate the chicken.


I love Pace Picante Sauce (affiliate link) because it doesn't have added sugar, but use any tomato salsa you prefer. You can use two cans of black beans to make this a thicker soup if you prefer. The beans don't have to be drained unless you choose to rinse the beans to reduce the amount of sodium. This recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 1057mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 7gSugar: 7gProtein: 20g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Black beans are actually allowed for any phase of the South Beach Diet and other low-glycemic diet plans, although the portion size is limited for South Beach Diet Phase One. The black beans would make this Chicken, Black Bean and Cilantro Soup too high in carbs for a low-carb diet, but you can make a lower-carb soup by using 4 cups of cooked chicken and eliminating or cutting down on the beans.

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    72 Comments on “Chicken, Black Bean, and Cilantro Soup”

  1. Wow, I have not heard of that before; sounds like you definitely don't want to eat it. I'd substitute a smaller amount (maybe 1/2 cup) of chopped parsley for the cilantro, or just leave it out entirely. I think you could also use chopped celery leaves as the "herb" here; I love their flavor.

  2. Kaylyn,

    This soup sounds wonderful, except I'm one of those people that hates cilantro. I'm not fond of the taste, but the kicker is that it makes me feel wierd, almost drunk, so I avoid it completely.

    Is there any substitution that would be almost as good as cilantro?

  3. Shirley, glad you are inspired to make it by the new photos!

  4. Kalyn, I'm so glad that you updated this post because I can't wait to make this soup. March has teased us with some warm days, but good soups are still very welcome, especially when I don't have the wood stove going and it gets a bit chilly in our house. Love the new photos, too! Thanks as always. 🙂


  5. Katy, Glad you're enjoying the blog!

    I'm going to answer here so you know why I don't do it that way. The print with picture isn't an option with the blogging software I use. I'm creating each of the printer friendly pages on a separate site, and I would have to add pictures by hand to the printer-friendly pages. For most people, dding more to those pages would defeat the purpose of having them (so that a recipe prints on one page) and the only way to give people a choice would be to create two printer pages for each recipe (which I'm not willing to do, at least not at this point.)

    I also don't want to add the phase to the recipe for several reasons. First, many people use this site who aren't on South Beach, which is why I discuss the phase after the recipe in the main post. Second, I am working hard to keep the printed part of the recipe as short as possible so that it doesn't go over one page. It seems easy enough to me to just make a note of it when you print the page if you can't tell from the ingredients.

  6. Hi Kalyn. This isn't a post to be published but a question/comment (or two). I print a lot of your recipes so it would be great if you could include your "phase" advice on the recipe (eg. suitable for first phase, etc.). Also, is there a reason you don't have an option to print the recipe with the picture? Since your photos are so good, it's a shame not to have that option. Otherwise, if I want your phase advice and a picture, I have to save to a new file, add it all together and then print that new doc. I noticed a lot of the other cooking bloggers have the "print with picture" option. Thanks for your great site – I use the recipes all the time.

    Katy McCoy, Sacramento

  7. Eliza Jane and Strawbz, hope you enjoy the soup!

  8. Wow this looks really yummy – I'm going to have to try it out 🙂

  9. This soup looks delicious! I'm a college student and I live in community dorms, so the idea of having a one pot meal that uses rotisery chicken is great! I love cilantro in salsa and gacamole but my mom doesn't so this will be the first time I've tried it in soup!

    I come to your site almost daily just to see what's new! Thanks for helping me keep off the freshman 15!

  10. Lydia, thank you! I have definitely improved, right?

  11. Wonderful contrast between the new and old photos! Soup is the hardest thing to get right, but it's such fun when you get a photo that makes the soup look as good as it tastes. Well done!

  12. I'm making this soup right now! I used smoked paprika in place of the chile powder, and it smells fabboo. Thanks for the recipe. Your site is lovely and well-organized.

    On a side note, I'm the only person I know who went from hating cilantro (soapy, the whole bit) to absolutely loving it (suddenly, in one day), and now I can't get enough. So I guess it's not genetic. Unless I mutated.

    I made a cilantro martini (cilantro, simple syrup, lime juice, gin, vodka) last night. It was really great with the Thai green curry I also made.

    Thanks for spreading the cilantro love!

  13. Jennifer, so glad you liked it, and the addition of garlic and ginger sounds good to me too.

  14. This soup is fantastic!! The added lime was exactly what the soup needed and how can someone not like cilantro?? The only think I did differently was add diced garlic and ginger. Yum!

  15. Anonymous, good idea to reduce the salt by rinsing the beans. I will edit and add your suggestion. (I have to confess that I’m a big salt fan and I have to be careful not to get too much salt in things.)

  16. Great soup! Made it tonight and there’s enough for 3 more meals. I would rinse the black beans though, to reduce the sodium of the soup. Very salty.

    Thank you!

  17. I made this last night, and it was terrific. I subbed 4 or 5 plum tomatoes for the canned tomatoes called for. I was dubious about the addition of the celery seed, but had some in the house and threw them in…loved it, and will definitely be making it again!

  18. Cilantro – the more the better in my book.
    Black beans – favorites here.
    Look very good to me Kalyn.

  19. Noobcook, thank you. I’m jealous of anyone who has cilantro growing right outside their door!

  20. This looks so good!! I am growing cilantro (we call it ‘yam sui’ or chinese coriander in S’pore) in a little pot outside my apartment, so I get a constant supply (well most of the time anyway ;p)

    btw, love your blog … and your food pictures are as drool-worthy as the food! XD~~