Lemony Chicken Soup Recipe
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Lemony Chicken Soup Recipe

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While living in California, I enjoyed a delicious chicken-lemon soup at a local restaurant. When I returned to Texas, I longed for it but never came across a recipe. I experimented with many versions before creating this one. —Brenda Tollett San Antonio, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • 8 lemon slices

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 230 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 975mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, trace fiber), 12g protein


  1. In a soup kettle or large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add the broth, milk and cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Stir in the chicken, lemon juice, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cook over medium heat until heated through, stirring occasionally. Garnish each serving with a lemon slice. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Lemony Chicken Soup in Taste of Home February/March 2007, p29

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Reviewed Feb. 24, 2015

"This went over very well! I added the juice of a large lemon and a cup or so of white rice because I felt that it needed more and I didn't have the orzo that others suggested. It had a wonderful velvety texture and I will make this again."

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013 Edited Jan. 11, 2015

"Made this last night for a Lent supper at church....doubled the recipe and still ran out. The pastor even gave it a good review during the service...Doesn't get any better than that! (I did add the Orzo pasta and extra lemon also.)"

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

"Super yummy!! My husband even liked it and he is not a fan of soup or lemon. He said, "it's a keeper"."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"Even people who do not like soup ask for this again! I put a little more lemon juice than it calls for, but this is fabulous for sick days and for company, deffinately try it!!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"Very easy to make on short notice. One of our favorites."

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