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Golden Coconut Chicken Lentil Soup

Wonderful golden chicken lentil soup made with creamy light coconut milk, turmeric, ginger, garlic, and cumin. Perfectly flavored and packs a protein punch. This soup will be your new favorite!
Course Dairy Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, High Protein, Lunch, Soup
Keyword chicken lentil soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 293 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small white onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (15 oz) can light coconut milk
  • 1 cup brown lentils, rinsed well
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast* (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • For garnish: fresh chopped cilantro


  1. Add olive oil to a large pot and place over medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add in garlic, onion and carrots; saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then stir in ginger, turmeric, cumin and cayenne pepper. 
  2. Allow spices to cook with the carrots and onions for 30 seconds then add in chicken broth, coconut milk, lentils, shredded chicken, salt and black pepper.
  3. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 30-45 minutes until lentils are cooked and soup thickens. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. 
  4. Pour into bowls, or individual containers for meal prep. Soup is wonderful when garnished with cilantro. Serves 4.

Recipe Notes

*If you don't have pre-cooked shredded chicken breast, simply bake 3/4 pound chicken breast on a greased baking sheet at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes, then shred with two forks and add to soup.

TO MAKE VEGAN: Use 1 can of chickpeas instead of chicken and also be sure to use vegetarian broth.

Nutrition Facts
Golden Coconut Chicken Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 104
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.5g18%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Carbohydrates 27.6g9%
Fiber 10.4g43%
Sugar 4.2g5%
Protein 28g56%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.