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Do you like soup? Do you like Spring? Do you like 20-minute meals? yeah, me too. You’d totally have me at “20 minute meals”. Today I’m sharing this oh so lovely Citrus Chicken Soup. I’ve got you covered friend.

Bowl citrus chicken soup garnished with orange slice and avocado and cilantro.

Even though it’s technically not quite Spring, we have been having the BEST spring weather here in the mitten! We usually have snow in March. And, honestly, we could get it yet. But today, I’m feeling springy.

Two bowls of Citrus chicken soup with orange and lemon slices. Cilantro sprinkled on top.

Usually in the fall is when everyone gravitates towards the soups and comfort foods. But this citrus chicken soup definitely has flavors of spring. It’s light, and fresh and you certainly won’t be disappointed. Serve this with crusty garlic bread. YUM!

20 minutes you say?

Who doesn’t love a satisfying 20 minute meal? Some of my favorites, Chicken with Grapefruit Sauce, or Sheet Pan Greek Chicken.

This recipe was inspired by one of my favorite cookbooks for quick meals that for sure feel like you put more time into them. Mark Bittman’s “Kitchen Express” is an awesome resource for quick, easy, gourmet meals.

If you’re someone that doesn’t like to measure, you’ll love this book! Even if you do, you will. What’s nice about this book is that Mark gives very loose recipes. Not everything is measured out, so you can really use your creativity if you feel like it. It also makes it feel simple. You don’t have to get out all your measuring cups and spoons, which means, less to clean up! See, it’s just express all the way around!

Citrus chicken soup in a bowl with spoons beside it.

Mark has a recipe called Lime and Chicken Soup, that’s where the inspiration for this recipe came from. This is my adapted version.


  • chicken
  • onion, garlic, cinnamon
  • zest and juice of 1 orange, lemon, lime + orange slices for garnish
  • chicken stock
  • avocado
  • cilantro

5 Easy Steps

  • brown chicken
  • add onion, garlic, cinnamon
  • add chicken stock, lemon, lime, orange juice
  • simmer, add salt and pepper to taste
  • add chopped avocado and cilantro just before serving
Bowl of citrus chicken soup garnished with cilantro, served with bread.

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๐Ÿ“‹ Recipe

citrus chicken soup

Citrus Chicken Soup

light and springy soup with citrus flavors.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 370kcal


  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 3-4 boneless chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves smashed to a paste
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • zest of 1 lemon lime and orange
  • juice of 1 lemon lime and orange
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 cup at least fresh cilantro for serving


  • Brown chicken in olive oil.
  • Add onion, garlic, cinnamon, and zest of the lime, lemon and orange.
  • Saute until onion is soft.
  • Add chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer, add avocado.
  • Serve garnished with cilantro.


Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 499mg | Potassium: 819mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 244IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. YES!! I’m so glad to hear that. I love when I can have a dish that I can count on everyone eating! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for letting me know.

  2. 5 stars
    Beautiful Soup! And without a doubt….my kinda meal!! Thanks for stopping by #FoodieFriDIY – I’ll be featuring your lovely recipe this week, make sure & link up again! Have a great day!!

  3. 5 stars
    I tried this last night, it was a total HIT! Everyone loved it…it will be going on my meal rotation schedule.

  4. Thank you!! So glad you like it. Thanks for pinning too! It’s hard to imagine life without pinterest right?! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 5 stars
    Oh yes! This is getting pinned. I love this soup…how fresh and bright for Spring (plus, I love the avocado and cilantro touch)! Oh, and the touch of cinammon sounds really good. Thank you for sharing this recipe! #OMHGFF

  6. I do too Ginger! In the summer I like cold soup, I have a couple recipes posted for cucumber soups. I’d also like to try making a fruit soup. yum. Thanks for pinning!!

  7. Oh, this is the kind of soup I would absolutely love! I actually like eating soup throughout the year, and not just in the cold months. Pinned it, and can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

  8. I love how citrus brings out a delicious flavor in Chicken. And a 20-minute meal, I’m in!! Topping it with avocado is a great twist.

  9. Oh, so simple and so clean. This sounds really yummy. Perfect for Spring because it’s still not warm, but you really want it to be.