Low-Carb Chicken Soup


This comforting, low-carb chicken soup is packed with veggies. Chicken thighs add rich flavor and remain tender after simmering in the soup. The lemon juice added at the end brings a lovely hint of brightness.

Low-Carb Chicken Soup
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 (8 ounce) package sliced cremini mushrooms

  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced

  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (Optional)

  • 1 dried bay leaf

  • 2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed

  • 8 cups unsalted chicken broth

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 cups chopped stemmed lacinato kale

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, mushrooms, celery and carrots; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to brown slightly, about 6 minutes. Stir in garlic, sage, cayenne (if using) and bay leaf; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in chicken, broth, salt and pepper.

  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; simmer, undisturbed, until the chicken is fork-tender, about 20 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate to cool slightly, about 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, stir kale into the soup; return to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer, undisturbed, until the kale is tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  4. Remove and discard bones from the chicken; shred the chicken. Stir lemon juice and the shredded chicken into the soup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

260 Calories
12g Fat
11g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 2 cups
Calories 260
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 27g 54%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Vitamin A 4100IU 82%
Sodium 483mg 21%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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