Liven Up Your Soup Selection—with Lemon!

chickensoup_headerNothing hits the spot on a cold, wintry day like a filling bowl of chicken soup. What can make it even better? When it’s homemade! Try this lemon-tinged take on the classic comfort food, which is bursting with chicken, onions, couscous, and lemon flavor—so it hits the spot!

Servings: 6-8


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, peeled and sliced into thin strips
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 10 cups chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper, crushed
  • Zest from 1 large lemon
  • 1 cup pearl couscous
  • 2 ounces feta, crumbled
  • ⅓ cup chives, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan on medium-low; sauté the onions and garlic until soft, 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken, stock, red pepper, and lemon zest. Turn heat to high, cover, and bring to a boil; then reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the couscous, and add salt. Add pepper to taste. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the chicken, and shred it with a fork or tongs. Place the meat back in the pan, and mix in the feta cheese and chives. Add more salt and pepper, if desired. Enjoy!

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