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Need to make dinner in a hurry? Skip the drive thru and make one of these easy recipes using rotisserie chicken instead!

Close up of a bowl of chicken tortilla soup garnished with tortilla chips

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I say this every fall: this season is insanely busy.

Between getting Elle to all of her regular activities, making sure we aren’t forgetting any special fall school events (I see you, Trunk or Treat), keeping up with the influx of pumpkin recipes I have planned to share with you, and simply trying to spend time together as a family…

…you guys, I’m exhausted.

I barely have time to keep my house clean, much less make a time-intensive dinner.

Thankfully, rotisserie chickens exist and let me tell you, they are the best easy dinner shortcut around. They’re inexpensive, easy to pick up at almost any grocery store, and make a great base for so many quick recipes.

Two bowls of tortilla soup made with rotisserie chicken, garnished with tortilla chips, sour cream and served alongside lime wedges


One of my favorite ways to use rotisserie chicken is to add it to soup recipes.

But I’ll be honest, even that can sometimes take a little longer than I’d like. When I’m really crunched for time, I’ll instead add the shredded chicken to Frontier Soups™ Homemade in Minutes® South of the Border Tortilla Soup Mix.

Ingredients for easy chicken tortilla soup on a marble surface

These soup mixes are all-natural, without any added salt or artificial stuff that I wouldn’t feel comfortable feeding my kid. They’re quick and easy to make; in less than 30 minutes, I’ve got a healthy dinner that makes my whole family happy.

Bowl of tortilla soup made with rotisserie chicken. Garnished with tortilla chips, cheese and sour cream


Of course, proclaiming that our dinner is healthy is not necessarily the biggest selling point when you have a 5-year-old. But you know what is a big selling point to her?

A toppings bar.

Bowl of chicken tortilla soup alongside a tortilla soup mix

Honestly, this trick works for my husband, too. Setting out a variety of toppings and letting everyone add what they want to their soup is always a huge hit.

For a hearty tortilla soup such as this one, I like to put out sour cream, shredded cheese, diced avocado, fresh cilantro, hot sauce, pickled jalapeños, lime wedges and of course – crushed tortilla chips!

Bowl of chicken tortilla soup garnished with diced avocado, sour cream and cheese on a marble surface


So we know how to fool our families into slurping down this healthy soup. Let’s find some ways to sneak in even more nutrients, shall we?

Easy tortilla soup mix alongside finished bowls of tortilla soup using rotisserie chicken

I like to add peeled and small-diced sweet potatoes in with the mix. I think sweet potatoes are delicious with black beans and chicken, so they’re perfect in this tortilla soup.

You could even add a can of fire-roasted tomatoes, diced bell peppers or diced jalapeños if your family likes a bit of heat. This tortilla soup is easy to customize to make your own.

Two bowls of chicken tortilla soup alongside tortilla chips on a marble surface


Looking for even more easy meal ideas using rotisserie chicken? Here are 4 more of my favorite recipes to make when I’m short on time, low on energy, and desperately needing a delicious meal.

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South of the Border Tortilla Soup

By: Jamie
4.50 from 8 ratings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 9
This hearty tortilla soup is easy to make and packed with shredded rotisserie chicken. This is a simple weeknight meal or healthy lunch.


For topping:

  • Crushed tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Diced avocado


  • In a 4-qt pot bring broth and water to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and stir in soup mix, chicken and salsa.
  • Return to a simmer, cover and cook for 25 minutes.
  • Serve as is, or with your choice of toppings!


For an added boost of nutrition, you can add additional vegetables such as peeled and diced sweet potatoes, fire-roasted tomatoes, diced peppers, etc.

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