Lemon Chicken Soup with Tortellini
Lemon Chicken Soup bursting with pillows of cheesy tortellini, tender chicken, and vegetables kissed with bright, refreshing lemon juice all made in ONE POT. This Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe is quick and easy, comforting and hearty yet light and fresh at the same time! 
Servings Prep Time
6-8 5minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
6-8 5minutes
Cook Time
Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe | Carlsbad Cravings
  • 12oz. boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1tablespoon olive oil
  • 2tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 8oz. sliced mushrooms
  • 1cup carrots, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2teaspoons chicken bouillon
  • 1tsp EACH dried parsley, salt
  • 1/2tsp EACH dried thyme, dried oregano, ground cumin
  • 1/4tsp EACH pepper, red pepper flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 9cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 15.25 oz. can sweet corn, rinsed and drained
  • 12oz. UNCOOKED fresh cheese tortellini
  • 4cups loosely packed fresh spinach
  • 2tablespoons lemon juice plus more to taste
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese(optional garnish)
  • lemon zest(optional)
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large Dutch oven/soup pot oven over medium high heat.
  2. Add chicken and sear on each side, about 2 minutes per side. Remove chicken.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons butter/oil to the now empty pot and heat over medium high heat. Add onions and mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally for 6 minutes. Add carrots and cook until tender – about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook 30 seconds.
  4. Add remaining spices, corn, chicken stock and chicken back to the pan.
  5. Bring to a boil; cover and reduce to a gentle simmer. Simmer 10 minutes, remove chicken and let rest 2 minutes then shred.
  6. Meanwhile, bring soup back to a boil. Add tortellini and boil 1-2 minutes or until tender.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in spinach, lemon juice and chicken.
  8. Taste and add additional lemon, salt, pepper to taste. Remove bay leaves.
  9. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and lemon zest (optional)
  11. Sear chicken as instructed above and add uncut chicken to the bottom of a slow cooker, followed by all of the remaining ingredients EXCEPT for the tortellini, spinach, lemon juice and Parmesan. Cover and cook on low heat 6 – 7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  12. When ready to serve, remove chicken to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, add tortellini to the slow cooker (turn to high heat if on low). After 10 minutes, shred chicken and add back to slow cooker along with spinach and lemon juice. Tortellini should be about cooked by this time, approximately 15 minutes total. When tortellini is completely cooked and spinach wilted, taste and add additional lemon, salt, pepper to taste. Remove bay leaves.
  13. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and lemon zest (optional)
Recipe Notes

*You may substitute boneless, skinless chicken breasts but they take closer to 20 minutes to cook.  

**For a less “chunky” soup, simply add more chicken stock at the end of cooking.

***I like the 5 Cheese Tortellini from Costco (Kirkland Brand)