Chicken Lentil Soup is an easy recipe for a weeknight dinner. Our chicken and lentil soup recipe is made with chicken thighs and filled with fresh vegetables and lentils. Your family will love this updated version of the classic comfort food, homemade chicken soup!
Homemade Chicken Lentil Soup
The seasons are a changing and there's a cold front moving in. It's time for homemade soup! Our lentil chicken soup is so easy to make you can even whip it up quickly after work.
Lentil Chicken Soup, made with chicken thighs, fresh vegetables and lentils is an updated version of the classic homemade chicken soup!
Making chicken soup with chicken thighs adds a deep rich depth of flavor to your soup.
Serve bowlfuls of chicken soup with lentils with a salad and some crusty bread and you'll be all set! It doesn't get much easier than that!
Not a fan of lentils? Make it with mini pasta, egg noodles or even rice in place of the lentils!
Time to warm up with a bowl of Chicken Lentil Soup, guaranteed to be your new favorite homemade chicken soup from scratch!
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Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- skinless bone-in chicken thighs
- dried basil
- garlic powder
- kosher salt
- olive oil
- chicken broth
- red lentils
- fresh dill
How to make chicken lentil soup
- Season your chicken thighs then brown on both sides in heated oil in saucepot; reserve
- Cook carrots, onion and celery until tender-crisp
- Return chicken pieces and add chicken broth to saucepot and bring to a boil
- Stir in your lentils and cook until lentils are tender and chicken is cooked through
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the chicken thighs, shred the chicken meat, discrding bones, and return to saucepot along with fresh dill
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Chicken Lentil Soup
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- 2 skinless bone-in chicken thighs (12 ounces)
- 1/2 tsp. dried basil
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped, 1 cup
- 1 onion, chopped, 1 cup
- 1 celery stalk, chopped, 1/2 cup
- 5 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup red lentils
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
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- Season chicken on both sides with basil, garlic powder, kosher salt and pepper.
- Heat oil in saucepot over medium-high heat then brown chicken on both sides and reserve.
- Add carrots, onion and celery and cook until tender-crisp, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes.
- Return chicken pieces and add broth to saucepot and bring to a boil.
- Stir in lentils and cook until lentils are tender and chicken is cooked through, 12-15 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove chicken pieces. Shred chicken and discard bones.
- Stir in shredded chicken and fresh dill.
First Published: October 6, 2015... Last Updated: October 13, 2020
This recipe is featured on Meal Plan Monday and Weekend Potluck
Chicken Lentil Soup.
Thank you for this great recipe! Look forward to making this soup again.
The other recipes on your site all look delicious; can’t wait to try these as well.
Hi Yol, Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm so happy you enjoyed my Chicken Lentil Soup. It's one of my favorite recipes too! Savor The Moments, Gwynn
Today I made your Chicken Lentil Soup recipe again. This recipe is now my go to.
Thank you for this site and all your hard work in creating these recipes.
I'm confused by your addition of dill. That's a herb I associate with fish. Wouldn't tarragon be a better choice?
Chicken soup with dill is a classic combination. I’m sure this soup would taste delicious with tarragon but, in my opinion, tarragon is a less popular herb and can also be somewhat polarizing. But the beauty of cooking a recipe is that you have the option to make flavor substitutions. Happy cooking!
It was delicious! Thank you!
I'm so happy that you enjoyed this recipe. It's one of my favorites!