This low-carb Chicken Soup with Collards and Lemon can also be made with leftover turkey when you’re lucky enough to get some! 

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Thanksgiving is just over two weeks away, so why am I giving you a recipe for Chicken Soup with Collards and Lemon? It’s because any type of soup recipe that uses leftover chicken can also be made with leftover turkey! And Kara and I absolutely loved this tasty soup when we tested the recipe. I was lucky enough to end up with some of the leftovers and I ate my re-heated soup with Low-Carb Gluten-Free Almond Flour Savory Bread, which made the soup even more satisfying!

Please don’t be suspicious of the collard greens in this soup, because collards are delicious and so much sweeter than some types of greens. And the use of a generous amount of lemon really brings out the flavors in this tasty soup that uses frozen cauliflower rice to make it quick and easy. This soup would be perfect to make after work on a cold night!

And of course this would be a great way to use leftover turkey in a low-carb soup if you happen to get some. But if a soup with collards is never going to be a go at your house, I recommend making Low-Carb Turkey Soup with Zucchini Noodles with your leftover turkey instead.

This low-carb soup is adapted from a very old soup recipe that had chicken, brown rice, collards, and a lot more carrots, and here’s the printer-friendly linkif anyone was a fan of that version. The original soup didn’t have lemon, but I highly recommend adding it even if you make the brown rice version! (You can check out Low-Carb and Keto Soups with Cauliflower Rice to find more tasty soup recipes like this one.)

What Ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • chicken soup base
  • chicken broth
  • onion
  • carrots
  • Poultry Seasoning (affiliate link)
  • collards
  • diced chicken or turkey
  • frozen cauliflower rice
  • red pepper flakes
  • fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • lemon wedges for serving (optional)

What are Collards Greens?

Collards Greens are a member of the plant family that includes kale, turnip greens, and mustard greens. They’ re popular in the southern United States, and are an essential ingredient in Hopping John and my popular Hopping John Soup, which is often served for New Year’s Eve. Collards have thick stems, which need to be cut away before the greens are cooked, and the collard greens need to be cooked using moist heat such as braising or cooking in soup.

What Other Greens Could Be Used in This Soup:

You can make this soup with kale, turnip greens, mustard greens, or Swiss Chard if you don’t want to use collards greens. I think spinach would also be tasty, but it will cook more quickly than the other types of greens.

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How to Make Chicken Soup with Collards and Lemon:

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  1. Combine chicken soup base and chicken stock and start to simmer.
  2. Chop onion and carrots and add to the soup with Poultry Seasoning (affiliate link).
  3. Wash collard greens if needed, trim away ribs, and coarsely chop collards.
  4. Add collard greens to soup pot and continue to simmer, for a total of 20-30 minutes.
  5. Cut up enough leftover chicken or leftover turkey to make 4-5 cups.
  6. Measure one cup frozen cauliflower rice (or use the whole package if you have a 10 oz. package).
  7. Add diced chicken and frozen cauliflower rice to the soup and simmer about 20 minutes more.
  8. Add red pepper flakes and lemon juice, and season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste, then simmer the soup about 5 minutes more.
  9. Serve hot, with wedges of lemon to squeeze on at the table.

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This soup reheated well. I think it will freeze well, but I haven’t pulled any out of the freezer yet!

Want More Turkey Soup Ideas?

Check out Low-Carb and Keto Turkey Soup Recipes for lots more ideas for tasty soups with turkey, chicken, or ground turkey!

More Low-Carb Chicken or Soups:

Greek Egg-Lemon Chicken Soup with Rice or Cauliflower Rice
Instant Pot Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Soup with Crumbled Blue Cheese

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Yield: 8 servings

Chicken Soup with Collards and Lemon

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Chicken Soup with Collards, and Lemon can also be made with leftover turkey, and this tasty low-carb soup is quick and easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 2 or 3 T chicken soup base (see notes)
  • 12 cups chicken broth (see notes)
  • one medium onion, chopped small
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots (or more if you don't mind a few more carbs)
  • 1 tsp Poultry Seasoning (see notes)
  • 1 bunch fresh collards, washed, trimmed, and chopped small (about 6 cups chopped collards)
  • 4-5 cups diced chicken or turkey
  • 1 cup frozen cauliflower rice (or use a 10 ounce package if that's what you have)
  • small pinch red pepper flakes (the kind that's sprinkled on pizza)
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • lemon wedges for serving to squeeze into the soup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine chicken soup base and chicken stock in large soup pot and start to simmer over very low heat.
  2. Chop onion and carrots and add to the soup with the Poultry Seasoning (affiliate link).
  3. Wash collard greens if needed, and spin dry in a salad spinner. Trim away thick ribs, and coarsely chop the collards.
  4. Add collard greens to soup pot and continue to simmer over very low heat, for a total of 20-30 minutes simmering time.
  5. While soup simmers, cut up enough leftover chicken or leftover turkey to make 4-5 cups diced chicken or turkey.
  6. Measure out one cup frozen cauliflower rice (or just use the whole package if you have a 10 oz. package).
  7. Add diced chicken and frozen cauliflower rice to the soup, stir, let soup come back to a simmer and then simmer about 20 minutes more.
  8. After 20 minutes, add red pepper flakes and lemon juice, and season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste; then simmer the soup about 5 minutes more.
  9. Serve hot, with wedges of lemon to squeeze on at the table.

Notes

I like Better than Bouillon Roasted Chicken Base (affiliate link) for this recipe. I would use my homemade chicken stock if I had some, but canned or cartons of chicken stock will also be fine. Poultry Seasoning (affiliate link) adds a lot of flavor to the soup. I would use my fresh-frozen lemon juice.

Use low-sodium chicken broth to make this lower in sodium.

This recipe was inspired by Chicken Soup with Collard Greens, Carrots, and Brown Rice.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 827Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3.6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7.9gCholesterol: 342mgSodium: 1859mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 6.5gSugar: 3gProtein: 31g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Low-Carb Chicken Soup with Collards, and Lemon is a great dish for low-carb diet plans, and for any phase of the South Beach Diet.

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