Easy Chicken & Broccoli Soup


This easy chicken and broccoli soup is creamy and luscious, but still light. The broccoli florets absorb the creamy soup base, while the chicken stays tender. This is the perfect soup to make on a busy weeknight when you have leftover roast chicken or rotisserie chicken on hand. While the recipe calls for chicken breasts, if thighs are what you have on hand, feel free to use those.

Easy Chicken Broccoli Soup
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 ¼ cups thinly sliced leek, white and light green parts only

  • 3 medium carrots, chopped

  • 2 medium celery stalks, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • 4 cups unsalted chicken broth

  • 1 ½ cups whole milk

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups broccoli florets (about 8 ounces)

  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add leek, carrots and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent, 6 to 8 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add garlic and flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the garlic is fragrant and the flour has toasted, about 1 minute. Add wine and cook, stirring constantly, until almost completely reduced, about 1 minute. Slowly add broth, stirring constantly. Add milk, pepper and salt and bring to a simmer (do not boil) over medium-high heat, stirring often and scraping the bottom of the pot to release any browned bits.

  2. Reduce heat to medium to maintain a low simmer; add broccoli florets. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is tender, about 8 minutes, adding chicken during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

433 Calories
16g Fat
24g Carbs
44g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 cups
Calories 433
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 44g 88%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Vitamin A 10336IU 207%
Sodium 463mg 20%
Potassium 855mg 18%

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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