Lemon Ginger Chicken Soup

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July 17, 2023
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This flavorful, healthy ginger chicken soup with lemon is perfect for nursing a cold!

This flavorful, healthy ginger chicken soup with lemon is perfect for nursing a cold!

Ooh you guys, I’m so happy to share this lemon ginger chicken soup with you because it’s my new favorite thing! We had it for dinner last night, and then I had the bowl you see here for breakfast this morning after I took photos. I was sad when it was over. It’s really simple to make and only uses a few ingredients, but it’s still very flavorful. Easy recipes that taste awesome are the best.

I decided to try pouring the soup over bean sprouts instead of adding noodles, and it worked out great. The sprouts added texture and nutrients, and they took zero prep time beyond washing them. Just when I was high-fiving myself, Matt told me that bean sprouts are not environmentally friendly because of how much water they require. Come ON. We already cut back on red meat and seafood after learning about the environmental impact of those foods. Now he’s telling me bean sprouts aren’t OK either?!

Serving soup over bean sprouts is a tasty and healthy alternative to noodles.

After spending some time looking for a source backing up his bean sprout story, I couldn’t find anything (in fact, I found some evidence that they can be grown with very little water!). I’m going to hope it was just a rumor and keep on enjoying sprouts in my soup and pad thai and wherever else I can get them. If you want to skip the sprouts for whatever reason, you could pour your soup over cooked rice noodles instead or just eat it on its own. The broth is really the star of the show, so I think you’ll love it however you serve it. Enjoy your lemon ginger chicken soup!

This flavorful, healthy ginger chicken soup with lemon is perfect for nursing a cold!
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This flavorful, healthy ginger chicken soup with lemon is perfect for nursing a cold!

Lemon Ginger Chicken Soup

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This flavorful, healthy chicken soup is perfect for nursing a cold!

  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 large lemon (or more to taste)
  • 4 inch piece of fresh ginger peeled and thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces bean sprouts washed well
  • sriracha to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, and saute for 2-3 minutes. Lightly sprinkle both sides of chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place chicken on top of the cooking onions, and cook about five minutes per side.
  2. Pour broth and water over the chicken. Add slices of ginger, and squeeze in lemon juice. Bring broth to a low boil.
  3. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook 15 minutes, flipping chicken once. Remove cover, and carefully remove cooked chicken pieces to a cutting board. Shred chicken with two forks, and chop long pieces into smaller bite-sized pieces. Return chicken to the pot.
  4. Fill bowls with washed bean sprouts. Ladle hot soup over the sprouts. Serve with additional lemon wedges and Sriracha hot sauce to taste.

Notes

If you prefer, cook rice noodles according to package directions, and serve soup over noodles instead.

  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Cook Time: 30

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Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

23 comments

GiGi Eats Celebrities
8 years ago

Oh I adore this recipe! I don’t typically do the soup but this one… It’s calling to me!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thank you, GiGi! I take that as a big compliment if you don’t usually like soup!

Kristyn
8 years ago

This sounds so good! I’ll have to save this for when I get sick this winter!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thanks, Kristyn. It’s definitely good for colds!

Cathy Trochelman
8 years ago

I love the different flavors in here, Andi! It definitely sounds like the perfect winter comfort soup!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thanks so much, Cathy!

Serene @ House of Yumm
8 years ago

This soup sounds perfect! And that’s so funny about the bean sprouts. I haven’t heard that one before. Hopefully you get to keep eating them :)

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thanks, Serene! xo

Ginny
8 years ago

I can tell just by your photo and the way you blog you are a happy, bubbly person. Your lemon chicken soup sounds wonderful and light on calories. Do u you ever make vegetarian dishes. I like the way you use spices. Have a wonderful Christmas. Ginny

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Oh, Ginny, thank you! I can’t say that I’m always happy and bubbly (like right now while my kids are driving me nutty), but I try! I have been adding more vegetarian dishes lately actually. I would look for more in 2016. For now, you can see some here. Also, lots of recipes could be made minus the meat.

Megan Keno
8 years ago

I love how quick this is to make, and it sounds great!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thank you so much, Megan! xoxo

Annie
8 years ago

It is 70 degrees here….70 degrees!!!!! In the middle of December!! How is that possible! I don’t care that it is super warm, I am going to make this delicious cozy soup anyway! I love the lemon ginger combo!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Has it cooled down, Annie? I hate when it’s hot at Christmas time because I can’t get in the holiday spirit when it feels like summer! Thank you :)

Liz
8 years ago

Love this soup Andi and I don’t believe that bean sprouts of bad. I eat them all the time and I’m still alive. They need to be washed. Thanks Andi for the nice recipe.

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Haha thank you, Liz! xo

Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
8 years ago

Okay, not only is this soup easy, but it is looking totally delicious!! Something I will have to keep in mind when my husband or daughter gets sick (ginger is so great for colds!)

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thank you so much, Kacey! We have had so many illnesses going through our family the past few weeks. I need to make this again!

Heather | Heather likes food
8 years ago

What a great option for those colder days!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thank you, Heather!!

Carla (@charliesue)
8 years ago

Oh God, please don’t let the bean sprouts/water connection be true- no idea what I’d do! Have you seen all the BART ads showing how 1 pound of meat takes up thousands of gallons? Oy.

Environmental impact of sprouts aside, OMG. This looks INCREDIBLE and tasty and SIMPLE. All my fave things!!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

I haven’t seen the BART ads because I rarely take BART, but I believe it! That’s the kind of info I learned in that Cowspiracy movie, and I have seriously cut back on my red meat intake since. I don’t need bean sprouts to be bad news too! Thank you so much, Carla! xo

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