Mertzie's Healthy lemon chicken soup, Greek style

Michelle Koletar/Mertz

By
@Mertzie

I love Greek chicken soup, with the lemon and egg base. However, I wanted to cook light and make a healthier chicken soup. My son was sick with the flu at the time, so I also wanted lots of spices and nutrition. This is awesome and a nice change from other chicken soups. The broth actually came out much heartier than the picture demonstrates -- it has lots of flavor & is not watery.


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Serves:

6

Prep:

10 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Ingredients

5
cups chicken broth or stock
1
onion, whole
1
tsp fresh ginger (or more)
2 Tbsp
dried greek spices (such as mccormick's)
pinch, saffron
pinch, cayenne or red pepper flakes
ground black pepper
1
large cooked chicken breast or dark meat (see below)
half jar sundried tomatoes (drained & chopped)
2 Tbsp
or more roasted red pepper bruschetta (i buy a jar of it & keep on hand in my fridge for adding to tons of dishes)
1-2
cups fresh spinach, rough chopped
2 Tbsp
parsley, rough chopped
half of a lemon (for juice)
water to taste

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cook the chicken broth with the onion, ginger, Greek spices, saffron, and red & black pepper for about 10 mins over med-med high. Get this to the broth taste you want, adding more spices or water or chicken bouillon cubes so it suits your tastebuds.
2
Tear up the chicken breasts (I used a large chicken breast from a rotisserie chicken & then some pieces of the dark meat). Saved the rest of the chicken for sandwiches next day.
3
Add the chicken, sundried tomatoes, and red pepper bruschetta to the soup. Stir well & simmer for about 5-10 mins. Taste the soup again to ensure you're liking the flavor -- I added more bruschetta, as I love that.
4
Toss in the spinach and stir. Then add the parsley & stir. Squirt the lemon juice over top & turn off heat. Stir & it's ready to serve. I also added a little Hungarian paprika, because I use paprika in almost everything, and wanted the soup to have extra spices.
5
Note: You can add orzo to this. Or sprinkle w/ crumbled feta cheese on top of each bowl of soup. I didn't, as I wanted to keep it as light as possible. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken Soups, Other Soups
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy