I have to admit. I thought Lemon Chicken Soup sounded as odd as a Mariachi band opening for a Frank Sinatra concert. But, wouldn’t you know, the lively spirit of the lemon not only presents itself nicely, it brings out the the flavors of the other ingredients well also.
So, if dairy agrees with you, and especially if you have Fiery tendencies- this is a great soup to enjoy in the late summer and fall time. Make sure to have a hungry little crowd, as this soup is best when consumed on the day it is made.
Lemon Chicken Soup
Free Gluten, Nuts, Corn, Eggs, Soy
Makes approximately 6 bowls of soup
90 minutes (including roasting time for chicken) About 30 minutes if using leftover chicken.
Whole roasted chicken- Any size will do, 3 pounds works nicely. (or 4 cups of chopped chicken)
4 cups or 1 Qt. chicken stock- a flavorful herbed kind tastes great
1/8 cup lemon juice- not from concentrate
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup (1 stick) butter
2 carrots diced
1/2 onion finely chopped
3 stalks celery or chard ribs chopped
3 leaves of chard (ribs removed) finely chopped
2 cups (1 pint) cream
2 cups whole milk
*Use all organic and/or farm-raised ingredients.
Slow cook or roast a whole chicken. Cut into small bite-size pieces, put in a large bowl and add chicken stock, lemon juice and salt.
Stir, cover and refrigerate for 3-5 hours to allow the chicken to soak up the flavors.
Clean and cut carrots, onion, celery and chard.
In a large dutch oven with a heavy bottom begin melting the butter over medium heat.
When melted, add carrots and onion and sauté for about 3 minutes.
Add celery and continue to sauté until celery is softened and clear but not mushy.
Stir until the leave are soft, about 1 minute.
Add the chicken and stock mixture as well as the cream and milk.
Bring to a gentle simmer and then reduce heat to low.
Allow to cook for about an hour for flavors to blend well and then serve.
Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
This soup is best when eaten the day it is made.
Body-type and Wellness Insights
This is one of our family favorites and it’s balancing to most Body-types.
Beginning with Earth-types (as I do in my book too); Earth-types will love this soup- naturally gravitating towards the warm, unctuous nature of this soup, especially the dairy. I do not recommend this soup for Earth-types who are out of balance. My book, You-niversal Self-care: Improved Health Through Self-Understanding explains what it’s like for an Earth-type to be out of balance and how to find balance. Dairy is a natural balancing element for the Fire-types. (Be sure to use high quality dairy from grass-fed cows.)
The citrus flavor is also very appealing and can help keep the emotional channels of the Fire-type in balance. Chicken is typically contraindicated for Fire-types, but when recipes balance themselves out like this one mainly due to the dairy I am not too concerned. (Use chicken that is free-ranged and organic and when possible, from local farms.)
This is also a great recipe for Air-types, particularly in the cold, dry months. During this time they need warm, nutrient dense food- being mindful to keep their digestive system strong, especially for digesting meats and fats.
As I describe in my book, Water-types’ food choices may be better indicated by their secondary Body-type. Most of all, Water-types will benefit by enjoying the warm, almost nurturing soup in good company.