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Lemony Chicken Soup Recipe

Lemony Chicken Soup Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 230 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 975mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0g fiber), 12g protein .

Reviews for Lemony Chicken Soup

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noodle192000 221303
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."

marthalynnchr 168754
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.)"

Francisca3032 148628
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"."

littlesquirrel 163704
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!!!!"

marina hlebechuk 148627
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

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

ekuhistorygirl 102311
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2009

"This is much like a soup I get at a local restaruant in San Diego. I add a whole lot more lemon and I add orzo pasta to it. So delicious."

Ruthie74 94797
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2008 Edited Jan. 22, 2009

"This is a hit every time I make it. We add brown rice also."

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