Chicken Lima Bean Soup Recipe
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Chicken Lima Bean Soup Recipe

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When I was little, my father could be found in the kitchen during his free time. This soup is one of his most memorable dishes...and one of my most treasured recipes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 1 pound dried large lima beans
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 3-1/2 pounds)
  • 3 quarts water
  • 2 celery ribs with leaves, sliced
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 2-1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 227 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 793mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 7g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the beans, chicken, water, celery, bouillon, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours or until beans are tender.
  2. Remove chicken. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones; discard bones. Cut meat into bite-size pieces; return to pan. Add carrots; simmer for 30 minutes or until tender. Stir in spinach and parsley; heat through. Yield: 12-14 servings (3-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Chicken Lima Bean Soup in Home-Style Soups, Salad and Sandwiches Cookbook 1996, p7

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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nutriyum User ID: 6480253 202161
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"I thought this recipe may have been too plain to be really tasty. OMG, this soup is delicious and I am so glad I was willing to try it...exceeded my expectations."

twofurgs User ID: 3020348 41484
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011


jackie0702 User ID: 1449948 21176
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2010

"Super, super soup! I have never had anything like this before and thought we'd give it a try. It was excellent!"

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