Chicken Lentil Soup is comfort food in a bowl. Made in one-pan, it’s also an easy meal to make on a hectic weeknight.

Lentil chicken soup in a bowl

Lentil soup is good for you because it’s full of fiber and vegetables and low in calories. Pair it with a big side salad or serve it alongside some fresh, crusty bread.

How to Make Chicken Lentil Soup

  • In a heavy soup pot, sauté onions and carrots in oil until they turn soft and translucent.
  • Add chicken, lentils, bay leaves, cumin, salt and pepper to the pot.
  • Add in water and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook for 40 minutes.
  • Add dill and remove it from the heat.

Note: Depending on how thick or thin you like your soup, add more or less water to the mix. The soup does thicken over time as the lentils absorb the water. Just keep in mind that the more water you add, the more seasoning you will need to compensate!

Tips for The Best Lentil Soup

  • Chop Your Veggies Equal in Size – To ensure that your veggies cook evenly, chop them in similar sizes.
  • Use Bone-In Meat – Bone-in meat is full of collagen and marrow that will make your broth mouth-watering.
  • Use Herbs – Soup has a lot more flavor when you add fresh herbs. Anything herb you like would work. I personally love dill.
  • Substitute Broth for Water – Up the flavor by substituting broth for water. You can use my Homemade Chicken Broth or my favorite broth concentrate, Better than Bouillon.

Hot Tip: If you want your lentils to fall apart, soak them in water for at least 2-4 hours before cooking them.

Ingredients for lentin chicken soup


What color lentils are best for soup?

Red or yellow lentils work best for soup. They cook down really quickly and add a pop of color.

Is lentil soup good for weight loss?

The short answer is yes! They are high in fiber and protein and keep you full for a long time. Whenever I want to lighten my diet up, I add a hefty amount of lentils to my meals.

Do lentils need to be soaked?

The great thing about lentils is that they do not need to be soaked. If you really want to expedite the process, you totally can soak them but it’s not necessary like it is with most raw legumes.

Storing Lentil Soup

  • Refrigerating – Store your lentil soup in an airtight container in the fridge. When stored properly, it should keep for up to a week. The kicker? The soup tastes better the longer it marinates in itself. That means leftovers just keep tasting better and better.
  • Freezing – You can totally freeze your lentil soup in an airtight container, but keep in mind that lentils will get mushy when defrosted and reheated. If you don’t mind a texture that is more similar to split pea soup, go for it!

More Soup Recipes

  • Split Pea Soup – My grandma’s very own recipe. Comforting, simple and so darn delicious!
  • Cabbage Soup – A cheap, yet satisfying soup. Packed full of veggies, it’s a great light meal to enjoy during the winter.
  • Minestrone Soup – This classic Italian soup is on a constant rotation in our home when it’s cold outside. What’s not to love about rich tomato broth, veggies and beans?
  • Borscht Recipe – Ukrainians and Russians live for borscht. Made with beets and bone-in meats, it’s simple to die for.
  • Cooking Pot – It holds heat and is THE best for soups!
  • Knife – I’ve used this knife for over 10 years!
  • Cutting Board – My all time favorite. I use it for everything!

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.