Zesty Queso Keto Chicken Soup

Whether you eat keto or not, this zesty queso keto chicken soup is my new favorite for chilly nights. You can make it in the slow cooker or instant pot and it’s creamy, slightly spicy and full of flavor. 

 Prep Time 5 minutes
 Cook Time 30 minutes
 Total Time 35 minutes
 Servings 6 servings
 Calories 237 kcal


  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 28 ounces petite diced tomatoes cans, not drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup salsa verde or green salsa
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • avocado and monterrey jack cheese for topping


Instant Pot:

  1. Place chicken, taco seasoning, tomatoes with juices, salt, chicken broth, and green salsa in Instant Pot. Set to manual mode and cook for 10 minutes at high pressure. Allow pressure to release naturally (about 15 minutes), remove and shred the chicken. Set aside.
  2. Stir softened cream cheese into the soup in the pot and whisk until fully melted into the soup. Return chicken to the soup and serve with diced avocado and monterrey jack cheese.

Slow Cooker:

  1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours or until the chicken is tender and shreds easily. Whisk cream cheese into the broth fully if needed after cooking time is up.

Source: https://heatherlikesfood.com


    1. Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
      Calories 237 Calories from Fat 135
      % Daily Value*
      Total Fat 15g 23%
      Saturated Fat 7g 35%
      Cholesterol 65mg 22%
      Sodium 1061mg 44%
      Potassium 718mg 21%
      Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
      Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
      Sugars 9g
      Protein 12g 24%
      Vitamin A 22.3%
      Vitamin C 24.1%
      Calcium 8.9%
      Iron 12.3%

  1. I’m confused about the tomatoes….is it 2 cans of 28oz each or 2 smaller cans for a total of 28 oz. two 28oz cans seems like a lot so I just wanted to be sure

  2. I made this last night in my instant pot! soooo good! I used low sodium chicken broth and about 6 pieces of chicken tenderloins ..other than that followed to the T. I highly recommend it.

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