Chicken Lima Bean Soup

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours


12-14 servings (3-1/2 quarts)

Updated: Oct. 13, 2022
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.


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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