Chicken, Poblano & Roasted Sweet Corn Soup

Friends! Today we’re making chicken, poblano and roasted sweet corn soup!

Overhead shot of chicken, poblano & roasted sweet corn soup in a white bowl.

Who says you can’t have soup in the summertime?

It’s officially soup season, and I really don’t care if it’s soup season of not – I’ll still eat soup – but I’m still pumped.  When people ask me “what is your favorite thing to cook?”, I immediately respond with “soup”. 

I love cooking everything (and even baking now!), but there is just something therapeutic about making soup.  It’s no-hassle, I can use up ingredients from my fridge and pantry, it makes the house smell amazing and it just warms the soul. 

There are no boundaries or rules and everything is free game (now you know why I like it).

I also love the endless topping options for soup: cheese, greens, nuts, fresh herbs, POPCORN, avocado, fruit, chips, and the list goes on. 

Today’s soup du jour is Chicken, Poblano & Roasted Sweet Corn Soup.  There are so many flavors and textures going on: the toasty fresh sweet corn kernels, hearty black beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, spicy poblanos and juicy chicken thighs are really the stars of the show. 

Then it’s topped with those beautiful micro greens, sliced avocado and a handful of crushed tortilla chips (even more amazing textures). 

It’s totally a flavor explosion, and I’m certain you’ll love it.

Let’s get going on this chicken, poblano and roasted sweet corn soup

Also a few extra tips: If you have an immersion blender, give it a quick whirl in the soup pot to create an even more velvety texture and a bit more heartiness. 

You don’t want to over-blend the soup so there aren’t any full chunks left, you just want a little whirl to thicken it up.  Trust me on this one. 

And, if you want an extra pop of roasty-toastyness, you can roast the poblanos on an open flame, let them sit in a closed container for 10 minutes (to steam), peel the burnt skin, then dice the poblanos to go in the soup. 

It’s an extra step, but it’s very much worth it.

Overhead shot of chicken, poblano and corn soup being held with two hands in a white bowl.

Dive right into soup season, folks.


Chicken, Poblano & Roasted Sweet Corn Soup

A late summer soup with roasted sweet corn, poblanos, chicken and spices.

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 10-15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30-35 mins
  • Total Time: 40-50 mins
  • Yield: Serves 8 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove-Top
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American


  • 3 ears fresh sweet corn, husked
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1-pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • Coarse salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium poblano, seeded and finely diced
  • 23 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 15-ounce can fire roasted petite diced tomatoes
  • 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4-ounce can diced green chilies
  • 23 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • Tortilla strips, avocado & micro greens, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to low broil. Brush sweet corn with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Broil on low 10 minutes, turning regularly, until toasted. Remove and let slightly cool, then slice corn off the cob. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a Dutch oven or stock pot to medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place in the hot oil and cook 3-4 minutes on each side, until browned. Place chicken on the cutting board, let sit 5 minutes, then chop into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
  3. Place onion in the hot oil and cook on medium 3-4 minutes. Add poblano and cook 2-3 minutes, until onions and poblanos are soft. Stir in garlic, chili powder, cumin until fragrant. Stir in chicken, roasted sweet corn, diced tomatoes, black beans, green chilies and chicken stock. Season with ½ – 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  4. Run an immersion blender in the pot of soup for a few seconds, just long enough to thicken the soup.
  5. Spoon soup into bowls and top with tortilla strips, avocado and micro greens.


Cooking Tip: Roast the corn and poblanos for richer flavor.


  • Serving Size: 1/8 servings
  • Calories: 254
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 453mg
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 18g
  • Cholesterol: 51mg

Keywords: best, easy, healthy, comfort food, summer soup

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Chicken, Poblano & Roasted Sweet Corn Soup in a white bowl

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