Bowls of broth with chicken and lemons
Photography, Valéry Guedes

Simple Chicken Soup

Savoury sage and lemon are the secret to this bright chicken soup.

Chicken soup is the ultimate comfort food during the chilly winter months. But the soup doesn’t have to be heavy and laden with pasta or rice. This easy-to-make, light and brothy soup takes only a few minutes to prep and can be on the table in under an hour. Savoury fresh sage and the juice and zest of two lemons round out the flavours of this garlicky chicken soup. Pescatarians can easily substitute cod or another white fish for chicken.

bowls of chicken soup

Chicken Soup With Lemon and Sage

A garlicky chicken broth that marries the flavours of savoury sage and zesty lemon.
Course Soup
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 small head of garlic
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 chicken breasts bone-in, skin-on
  • 1 tsp kosher salt or sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 8 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 tbsp liquid honey
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil



    • Halve garlic crosswise, leaving skin on. Juice one lemon and thinly slice one lemon, then set aside.
    • Place chicken breasts in a large pot, add garlic halves, salt and pepper and cover with 4 cups of cold water. Bring to a gentle boil then reduce heat and gently simmer until chicken is no longer pink about 15 minutes.
    • Remove chicken to a large bowl and let cool enough to remove skin and cut breast into thin strips.
    • Strain the broth through a fine sieve into a large bowl, then return to pot, discarding any remains. Return chicken to broth with lemon juice, lemon slices, sage leaves and more salt and pepper to adjust the seasoning. Simmer to let flavours mingle before serving with a drizzle of honey and olive oil.


    Tip: Pescatarians can easily substitute cod for chicken
    Keyword chicken soup
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