Whole 30 Chicken "Tortilla" Soup

Ok, don't hate me. There are no actual tortillas in this soup. Unfortunately, I do not think Whole 30 compliant tortillas will ever exist. The good news, however, is that you can always substitute tortilla chips with plantain chips which are 100% compliant (barring no added oils or sugar). Kind of the same?... Ok, it's just 30 days, you can do this.

Regardless, this soup is just as amazing with or without tortillas. Looking for a soul lifting, hearty, comfort soup, with a kick of spice, to warm you up on a cold blistery night? Well, you have come to the right place, my friend.

Paleo Chicken "Tortilla" Soup

Serving Size- 6-8 people


1 package chicken drumsticks (approx. 6 drumsticks)

32 oz organic chicken broth

4 cups water

28 oz can organic diced tomatoes (make sure no sugar is added)

2 tbsp tomato paste 

2 tsp coconut oil

1 yellow onion, diced

2 large jalapeños, cored (all seeds removed) and diced 

3 large carrots, peeled and diced

6 small red potatoes 

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 cup cilantro chopped

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

salt & pepper to taste


Lime slices for serving

Plantain chips to substitute for tortilla chips


1. Melt your coconut oil in a large stock pot on medium-high heat. Sauté the onions, garlic, and jalapeños until soft. This process is important to release their strong flavors.

2. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, carrots, and potatoes, and stir until combined.

3. To avoid splashing, add the drumsticks and then the chicken broth, followed by the water. Stir to combine.

4. Add the turmeric, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper, and cilantro. Stir to combine.

5. Cover and let simmer on low heat for 90 minutes.

6. Pull out the drumsticks using tongs. Peel off the skin and discard. Remove the meat from the bones. Put the meat back in the soup and discard the bones (or save the bones to make chicken broth later).

7. Cover and let simmer for an additional 30 minutes.

8. Serve hot with lime wedges and plantain chips, if desired.