Lemon, Chicken and Green Tea Soup

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This amazing lemon, chicken and green tea soup is the perfect flu and cold remedy, or a great at home meal for these last few freezing winter days!

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It’s sort of weird to be writing about soup when I’m sitting in a maxi dress and flip flops next to a sun-filled window in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It’s close to 90 degrees here and, as much as I love me some soup, it’s probably the last thing I want to be eating.


But, to my lovely friends at home (who probably hate, despise and loathe me right now), it’s still snowing and a mere 25 degrees. So to my friends stuck in the snow, this soup is right up your alleyway.

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The idea for this soup came as I was dazing off into my backyard at home with a warm cup of green tea resting nicely in my hands. With each sip of warm tea, I felt more relaxed. Not only that, I also felt more energized. My husband came down and said “hey, it’s a good night for soup!” And really, that quickly, it hit me. Why don’t I mix the two together? Chicken soup, like green tea, has it’s own healing powers, and the two together can only create something incredible, right?

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RIGHT-O. The broth is so flavorful and earthy. You truly can’t help but feel at ease with each bite. The addition of the lemon also gives each bite a powerful punch of awesome citrus and antioxidants. I’m pretty sure this soup can heal any and all remedies, from the common cold to heartbreak. I mean, it made me calm down and “smell the roses”, persay, so I’m positive it’s magic.

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Because, for those who know me, know “relaxation” and “at ease” are not two words I’m familiar with.

Lemon, Chicken and Green Tea Soup

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Serves about 4.
Prep time: >15 minutes
Cook time: 35 – 45 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1-1/2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1-1/2 medium parsnips, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • About 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 large leek, chopped
  • 2 quarts reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons loose green tea
  • 1/2 pound rice noodles
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley and dill
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Pumpkin seeds for garnish


Nutritional information per bowl:

Calories: 376
Fat: 14.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 39.75
Fiber: 6 grams
Protein: 20 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 9

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  1. Posted by Robyn on
    Thursday, February 27th, 2014
    This looks so delicious! I cannot wait to try it, but the link doesn't follow to the instructions. I might be able to figure this out...
  2. Thursday, February 27th, 2014
    Sounds like you're really enjoying Thailand, Claire! This citrusy, fresh soup sounds perfect for getting a little dose of springtime while it's still winter! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Enjoy your travels!
  3. Thursday, February 27th, 2014
    I love the concept of green tea in soup. This recipe sounds the ultimate {healthy} comfort food. Enjoy your travels!
  4. Posted by Danni on
    Thursday, February 27th, 2014
    I almost bought those same bowls from Anthro! Wish they had come with that soup. Then I totally would have been sold :)
  5. Friday, February 28th, 2014
    Love the idea of mixing a classic soup with a new idea like green tea. I wish green tea was incorporated in more items, it is one of my favorites.
  6. Posted by Julia on
    Friday, February 28th, 2014
    I love it! I never in a million years would have thought to add green tea to soup and this is absolutely brilliant! It sounds so refreshing, comforting and flavorful! NEED!
  7. Posted by RavieNomNoms on
    Friday, February 28th, 2014
  8. Posted by Arun on
    Thursday, June 29th, 2017
    I have green tea in chicken soup.this idea came to my mind a few days ago.i add honey to the green tea in chicken soup.then today I wanted to search the nutrition in this combo.this is how I came across your website.let hs be friends.i live in New Delhi ,India .my cell number is +91 9582062829.i am on IMO .it is a free video calling service.regards to your husband :)