Warm Up with Keto Chicken Jalapeno Popper Soup
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It’s time to heat things up a bit!
We love easy keto soups that are packed with flavor and this keto chicken jalapeno popper soup definitely brings a kick! It’s balanced out by the creamy, cheesy base that will have you ladling up a second bowl before you know it.
This hearty soup will also keep you full for longer with the addition of protein-rich chicken and bacon. Make up a big batch of this Keto chicken jalapeño popper soup for a delicious cold-weather meal to enjoy all week long!
Hip tips for making the best keto chicken jalapeño popper soup:
- Using heavy whipping cream and cheeses will really help to thicken up the soup, but if you are wanting an even thicker soup, add in 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum and it will do just the trick.
- When cutting jalapenos, I make sure to wear food service gloves to avoid any of the oil from soaking into my hands. You can grab some from Walmart or Amazon.
- If you’re in a time crunch, use a rotisserie chicken and just dice up the meat. It will save you a lot of time, and you’ll be surprised at just how much meat you’ll be able to pull from just one small chicken!
- Want to make it vegetarian? Use chopped radishes or cauliflower in place of chicken chunks for heartiness and a crunchy texture. I also like to sometimes throw in some chopped celery.
- Craving a hearty soup and sandwich style meal? Make our keto grilled cheese sandwich to have with a bowl of this soup.
Keto Jalapeno Popper Chicken Soup
yield: 8 SERVINGS
prep time: 15 MINUTES
cook time: 20 MINUTES
total time: 35 MINUTES
Cheese, spicy jalapenos, chicken, & bacon combine to make a rich, creamy keto soup the whole family will love.
- 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded/diced
- 8 strips of bacon
- 3/4 cup - 1 cup (roughly 4-6 large jalapeños), seeded and diced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 8 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
In a large saucepan or dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat leaving 1/4 cup of bacon grease in the pan after the bacon is cooked. Set bacon aside.
Sauté chopped jalapenos in the bacon grease for about 4 minutes. Then add 2 tablespoons of butter and chopped garlic.
Bring the saucepan down to low heat. Pour in chicken broth and add cream cheese, whisking until cream cheese has melted. Slowly add in heavy whipping cream and stir occasionally. Add in shredded chicken and stir.
Add in shredded cheddar cheese, mixing until completely melted. Lastly add in the paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, and cilantro. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.
Serve soup topped with bacon crumbles, cilantro, and more cheese if you'd like. Enjoy!
Yield: 8 cups, Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: 448 Calories | 37.2g Fat | 4.7g Total Carbs | 0.5g Fiber | 2.4g Sugar | 0g Sugar Alcohol | 24g Protein | 4.2g Net Carbs
Easy peasy, and oh so cheesy!
I love a simple soup that is loved by the whole family—my kids and husband all had more than seconds. I really like to throw in a little extra cheese on top of mine, there’s really no such thing as too much cheese, right?
Plan to make this the next time you’re in a time crunch to get dinner ready during the week, or when you’re having relatives over for a get-together.
My Hip sidekick Jenna made this recipe and here’s what she thought!
“This is officially a family favorite in my home, and every last one of us went back for seconds. We all love a good soup, and this is a REALLY GOOD soup! This made plenty for the whole family and reheats nicely. Make this delicious low carb soup ASAP!”
Hungry for more soup? Try out this Keto French Onion Soup next!
Just made this and it was delicious!!!
Yay! SO glad to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks a bunch for letting us know how it turned out!
Had this for dinner tonight. It was wonderful!
Super glad to hear how yummy it was, Dianne! Thanks so much for the feedback!
My husband and I made this delicious soup of yours for dinner!!! We love it!! Didn’t have paprika nor cumin. But we didnt miss it. ❤ thank you
Yay! SO glad you both enjoyed it! You’re very welcome, Anita! Thank YOU for the kind review!
This truly is an amazing tasting soup. Next time I will leave in some of the jalapeno seeds to add a kick. But really was grat as is.
This is so good. Making it again tonight.
Glad to hear you loved it, Kim!
I don’t card for soups, but this sounds great. I think I will make some.
Oh great! Hope you love it, Dale! Let us know how it turns out!
Can you make this ahead of time and freeze?
Hi Jackie! Great question. Yes, you can freeze it, we just have a few suggestions. With there being dairy in it, you should thaw it out completely before warming up. Make sure you really whisk to combine all the ingredients. Hope this helps!
Any one ever tried adding onions and bell peppers to the mix? Probably won’t hurt! Making this tonight following recipe! Can’t wait!
YES! We have and love it, Erin!
Absolutely fabulous😋😋😋Love the jalapeños and cilantro! Will make this over and over❣️
Yay! So glad you will have this as go-to recipe!
Won the “Soup”-er Bowl contest at work with this recipe today! Thanks!
Yay! That’s awesome, Cindy! Congratulations! You are SO very welcome! Thanks so much for letting us know about your win!
Made this for tonight’s Dinner. I loved the Taco Soup recipe I found on this site. I hope this is just as good! Thank you for providing us keto peeps with a one stop keto app! 😍😍😍 Stay safe! Keto-On!!
…and it did not disappoint!! Sooo good! My son had some and said “that was really good, Mom”! (he’s picky) 😁
Awww! It’s awesome when the kids like it, too!
Delicious! So easy and tasty!
Can this be done in a crockpot?
Yes! I bet that would work too!
I have bought the ingredients and hope to make it tomorrow…I was thinking of adding “cauliflower”…I don’t know…it just seems to need cauliflower…maybe it’s the cheese that makes me think cauliflower.
Thank you so much for your recipe and the time you spent sharing.
That sounds yummy! You’re very welcome! Hope it’s a hit!
Very tasty soup. I only used half of the peppers because I didn’t want it to be to hot, but that wasn’t the issue. I think i will add some raw diced peppers as a garnish next time.
Yum! Glad you enjoyed the soup, Kristin! Thanks for commenting!
Do you think I can use pickled jalapeño instead of fresh? I read that it will change the taste but wondering if that means that it won’t be good….
If it were me, I totally would use them!
I used pickled jalapenos….it was delicious!
So glad it worked out, Deb B!
Wow this was delicious!! My very picky 3 year old even loved it!! Easy and so tasty! Served with cheese quesadillas on low carb wraps. So good dipped in too!
Yum! Happy to hear you both enjoyed it! 🙌
How long will this keep in the refrigerator? I’m taking leftovers to work with me for next 3or 4 days.
Hi Robin! It looks like this should keep well in the refrigerator, in a sealed container, for up to a week. Enjoy!
Made this for dinner tonight and added spinach! It was amazing and we will definitely be making this again.
That sounds delicious! Glad to hear what a hit it was, Kasey! Thanks a bunch for your feedback!
I really wanted to fix this soup but didn’t have all the ingrediencies So I decided to improvised I used sausage instead of bacon. I had bacon grease left over so I used it to sauté peppers and I cheated and added some onion. I didn’t have shredded cheddar so I used up ALL the little bags of left over cheese I had in the refrigerator and it turned out amazing….Now its know as leftover soup around my house THANK YOU we love it!!!!
How cool! Your “leftover” soup sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing how you made it!
Can you sub jalapeño in the jar vs fresh
That may work, just be sure to check that they do not contain sugar. As always, choose the items that work best for your plan. Hope this helps!
If you decide to add the xanthan gum at which point in the recipe do you add this?
Hi Teresa! You can whisk it in with the chicken broth in step 3. Hope that helps!
How do zI print recipe?
Hi there! You can print the recipe by clicking on the “Print” icon at the top right or bottom of the post above. Hoping that is helpful! 🤗