Review: Chicken Tortilla Soup from Chick-fil-A
Soup from a fast food restaurant is unknown territory for me. When I heard Chick-fil-A was offering Chicken Tortilla Soup for a limited time, honestly I figured I’d pass. Then I realize it’s 29 degrees outside so I dropped $2.69 for a medium-sized bowl to give it a shot. It’s rare that I’m disappointed with anything Chick-fil-A has to offer so the odds were in my favor.
Chick-fil-A describes its Chicken Tortilla Soup like this:
Our hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup features shredded boneless breast of chicken, navy, northern and black beans in a white creamy base with a perfect blend of vegetables and spices to heat up your dining experience. Topped off with seasoned corn tortilla strips.
Wow, this stuff was good! The Chicken Tortilla Soup was spiced just right and thick enough to be considered hearty. While the beans and cream stock were standouts, the chicken seemed to just be there for the added protein. No complaints though, it’s just that the chicken wasn’t as abundant as I was expecting. The 3-bean blend and smoky chile flavors came through above anything else. On the spicy scale, it’s quite mild, yet a flavorful heat still comes through. Chick-fil-A carries packets of Texas Pete hot sauce if you care to amp things up (that one’s for you Raiders757).
I had hoped to top my soup with something other than the little bag of seasoned corn tortilla strips (which is basically a less cheesy version of Doritos). Chick-fil-A already uses the tortilla strips on their Southwest Chargrilled Salad (I’m a fan), so I would’ve liked something more interesting and new. With the tortilla strips, I was left a little underwhelmed. That said, the tortilla strips still work well enough and provide a nice crunch.
At $2.69 for a medium, I felt the price was fair. Did I go away satisfied? Hard question to answer considering there’s no chance that’s all my order included (I’m an addict). But consider this, 14 grams of fiber in a medium should leave a nice dent in your hunger. The Chicken Tortilla Soup is a perfect accompaniment as a side item or a meal in itself if you go for the large. It’s almost unfair to compare most any fast food to Chick-fil-A’s quality and taste in my opinion, so it will be interesting to see how the copycats manage to compare with this. It’s probably only a matter of time before we see the McTortilla Soup.
Pros: Thick and hearty. Mildly spicy and packed with flavor. Priced fair. Great source of fiber.
Cons: Tortilla strips aren't anything new. Ingredients are portioned out well, but chicken doesn't stand out much.
Grubbing on-the-go: Please don't eat soup and drive
Price: 2.69 medium size
Overall GrubGrade: 9.00/10
More Info: ChickfilA.com
Chicken Tortilla Soup (medium)
Calories - 250
Total Fat - 5 grams
Saturated Fat - 2 grams
Cholesterol - 40 milligrams
Sodium - 860 milligrams
Carbs - 26 grams
Sugars - 3 grams
Dietary Fiber - 14 grams
Protein - 19 grams