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Healthy Spinach Farro Lemon Chicken Soup

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Are you trying to get your healthy eating back on track? We know the feeling. To help you on your way today’s recipe is Healthy Spinach Farro Lemon Chicken Soup and it’s packed with farro, lemon juice, vegetables and all sorts of goodness.

healthy spinach lemon farro chicken soup

The start to the new year always tends to be a little rocky in our house. The holidays are great and all, but we usually get visited by holiday illness. Could we stay healthy just one year? Please! We fall way behind on our to do list. And well, sometimes we over indulge on desserts. It’s hard to turn down the 2nd slice of Pecan Pie. It’s hard to say no to Peanut Butter Bars. You understand, right? We all enter the holiday vowing to not over indulge, but then who wants to miss out on all the great holiday food? So by the time January rolls around it’s time to get back on track. In our house that means lots of Green Smoothies and lots of vegetable rich soups.

healthy spinach lemon farro chicken soup

Chicken soup is pretty traditional when it comes to fighting off a cold. At least, that’s what Grandma always recommends. And whether chicken soup benefits are mainly psychosomatic or whether it really does provide relief through anti-inflammatory properties or other avenues, one thing is clear, when we’ve got the sniffles many of us turn to chicken soup as our comfort food of choice.

Looking to turn the January corner we wanted to be sure we did make a chicken soup with a lot of health benefits. We decided to do a spin on Chicken Noodle Soup by doing a Healthy Lemon Spinach Farro Lemon Chicken Soup packed with lots of vegetables. 

Is Lemon Good for you?

Yes, Besides adding nicely to many flavor profiles, lemon juice also has lot of health benefits. Add lemons to your list of super foods that you should consume regularly. We also like to use it in our nighttime tea. 

What is Farro? 

Farro is a whole grain that touts its own health benefits.  It has high levels of cholesterol-lowering fiber. It’s mineral rich which may help alleviate tension and it’s known as what we call a “smart carb”. Our bodies absorb smart carbs slower allowing us to keep our energy levels higher for longer. Who couldn’t use longer lasting energy? I know that would come in handy in our house where we’re constantly trying to keep up with our kids!

Enough reading, fix yourself some Healthy Lemon Farro Chicken Soup tonight!

Healthy Spinach Farro Lemon Chicken Soup

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  • 1 T . coconut oil
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 4 medium carrots , peeled and chopped
  • 3 stalks celery , chopped
  • 1 tsp . cumin
  • 1 tsp . coriander
  • 8 c . broth
  • 1 8.8 oz . package Trader Joe's quick cook farro , or 1 cup regular (will take longer to cook)
  • 2 c . shredded rotisserie chicken
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 6 oz . spinach , washed and roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper


  • Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, cook, and stir for 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic, cook, and stir for 1 minute.
  • Add the carrot and celery, cook and stir for 6-8 minutes.
  • Add the cumin and coriander, cook, and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Add broth and bring to a boil.
  • Add farro and lower heat to a simmer.
  • Cook farro for 10 minutes if quick cook farro, 25-30 if regular.
  • Add the chicken and lemon juice and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add spinach and cook for 3 minutes until wilted, but still green.
  • Season with salt and pepper.

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  • Reply
    The Food Hunter
    January 14, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    I love how healthy and delicious this is

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    January 14, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    This looks delicious! What a perfect dish for a cold winter’s night!

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      January 17, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Thank you! It has been perfect for some of the cold weather we’ve had.

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    January 15, 2016 at 12:43 am

    I just love farro and this looks so hearty and comforting.

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      January 17, 2016 at 10:49 am

      I recently discovered farro and will be trying it out in other things!

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    Boastful Food
    January 15, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    What a great combination and use of rotisserie chicken. Adding this one to my soup list. Thanks for sharing!

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    Charla @ That Girl Cooks Healthy
    January 16, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    This is definitely the epitome of comfort food…yum!

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      January 17, 2016 at 10:48 am

      We have definitely added it to our comfort food list!

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    January 18, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    yum! Always looking for new and fun ways to eat farro! Soup — what a great idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      January 20, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      You’re welcome! I’ve tried it in a couple different soups and loved it!

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    January 24, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Farro is amazing! Such a good addition to chicken soup!

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      January 26, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks! We just discovered farro a year or two ago. It is really good in soup!

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    Sara @ Life's Little Sweets
    January 25, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    This soup looks so healthy and delicious! I have to try farro, I never have, pinning to try, thank you for sharing this recipe 🙂

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      January 26, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks! Definitely try farro. It’s really good!

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    February 20, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    5 stars
    This is a repeat recipe for me. My 17-something daughter likes it very much, with the lemon flavor (w/cumin and coriander) being the real draw. I like that is in a nutritionally balanced one-pot meal. Love the Trader Joe’s quick cooking Farro!

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      August 17, 2020 at 6:47 am

      I’m so glad she liked it! Yes, we are all about nutritious one pot meals.

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    March 11, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    5 stars
    Great recipe! Made it several times. Complete one-pot meal. I Sam’s Club rotisserie chicken breasts.

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