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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. Made this last night for myself and my hubby (when I diet, he diets!). Loved it! The cilantro and heat were great and it was actually filling, too.

  2. Jess, I do know what you mean about the sugar; so glad you enjoyed it!

  3. I made this tonight for myself and my husband. We both loved it! So nice to try out a recipe that doesn't involve sugar right now 🙂

  4. April, glad you liked it. Good idea to use the Ro-Tel tomatoes!

  5. Made this for dinner tonight and it's great! I cut the recipe in half (cooking for one) and used 1 can of mild Rotel and it's perfect. I still added in the full amount of cilantro, can't get enough of that! Many years ago I hated cilantro, now I love it and am so glad I tried it again.

    I topped it with sliced avocado, crushed tortilla chips and sour cream. Quite a yummy dinner on a cold night.

  6. BC, you're very welcome. So glad you are enjoying the recipes!

  7. Made this three days ago and I'm still enjoying it today. I had to make two pots (one with cilantro and one without) but that's okay since we are really enjoying it. I've been on South Beach Phase One for a little over two weeks (with one weekend off for a birthday getaway) and I've so enjoyed your recipes. Thanks for all your hard work!

  8. Gina, me too; I am completely infatuated with cilantro!

  9. Your photo looks great, love the step by step too. And this is my kind of soup Kalyn!! I'm all about the cilantro! Mom puts cilantro in everything.

  10. Kelsum, my thoughts exactly! And I still have quite a few old posts with photos that are pretty bad, so it's a project I'll be working on for a long time!

  11. I love cilantro anything so this is right my alley! You just inspired me to go revist my own old posts , some of the vegetarian recipes are such treasures, they deserve the attention which they didn't get due to horrible pictures!

  12. Sam I've decided that re-doing photos is a job that will never end, but it's so nice when the recipe has a better photo. The saddest thing about people who don't like cilantro is that there's no converting them!

  13. Just mention black beans and my ears perk up. I need to go back and re-do photos too.

    I know what you mean about the love/hate thing with cilantro. I had a friend once say, "what is in this that I don't like?"

  14. Thanks Paula, and lucky you to have cilantro growing! I've never had luck growing it here.

    Calee, thank you; glad the recipes are working for your family!

  15. Kalyn, thank you for putting so much time into your blog! I love when older posts get revised and no one does it enough.
    Also, I am always on the hunt for diet friendly recipes that use things that the rest of the family will eat too, thank you so much!

  16. Wow! Your new picture really looks fabulous–especially compared to the old one. I love cilantro and have it in my flower bed right now so this is definitely one for me to try.

  17. Noriko, welcome, and hope the blog will be useful for you!

  18. Kalyn, I am so happy to have found your blog…I have been thinking about going back to the south beach diet, but I needed to find newer, exciting recipes and now I have….
    Thank you…

  19. Marcia thanks, and glad you're enjoying the blog. In the comment right above yours are my thoughts on making this without cilantro.

  20. In my case, cilantro hates me, causing major stomach discomfort. I'm wondering how well this recipe would translate without cilantro… sure looks good! As for your before & after photos, wow! I know exactly what you're talking about in terms of learning that craft. Just discovered your blog recently and am enjoying it very much!