Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken Soup

Chicken breasts are cooked with a spicy, creamy sauce for a delicious version of Chicken Tortilla Soup. 
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: King Ranch Chicken Soup, Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken Soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 437kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 jalapeno minced (seeded if would prefer it milder)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Tortilla chips and cilantro for serving


  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and saute until it's fragrant and light golden brown, about 1 minute. Stir in the flour and whisk continuously for 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in the chicken broth, increase the heat to a simmer and whisk continuously for several minutes, until the sauce is smooth and thickened.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and salt. Add black pepper to taste and set the sauce aside.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a large slow cooker. Top them with the diced tomatoes with green chiles and jalapeƱo and pour the sauce over the top. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, until the chicken is tender and cooked through but not overcooked.
  • Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, stir the cheese into the slow cooker and core the slow cooker for the time being.
  • Pull the chicken into large chunks and stir it back into the slow cooker. Cover the slow cooker and cook for 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and all of the ingredients are heated through. Stir well.
  • To serve, crush the tortilla chips into a bowl and ladle the soup over the top, garnishing with extra cheese and the cilantro, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 437 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 1136mg49%
Potassium 683mg20%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 1010IU20%
Vitamin C 4.8mg6%
Calcium 187mg19%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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