Cozy Lemon Chicken Soup with Herbes de Provence #FennelFriday

So I started this wine love affair, and it has grown stronger everyday!  Last weekend our wine guys were at the local grocery store.  One of the reps LOVES wine, and loves sharing tons of wine knowledge.  So I did the only thing a newly-appointed wine lover should do…..I asked him loads of questions!

Since I was a wee one I have always asked tons of “why” questions.  I always want to know the “whys” and “hows” of EVERYTHING!  So after the millionth question to my wine guy, I now understand how to properly taste wine.  Along with understanding the proper balance of flavors red and white wine should offer with every sip.

Cozy Lemon Chicken Soup with Herbes de Provence #FennelFriday

Are you curious about my wine confession?  WELLLL….this soup really.   Do you remember all the Fennel Pollen love I have shared?  Here are a few of the recipes:  Bourbon Bread Pudding, Tart Cherry Soufflé, Marinated Grilled Vegetables, Grilled Veggies and Shrimp.

I love all the different varieties of fennel pollen that Pollen Ranch has shared with the Fennel Friday Cooking Club.  Herbes de Provence is the latest variety, and includes a perfect mix of herbs.  The flavors are gorgeous together, and I love the addition of lavender!

Cozy Lemon Chicken Soup with Herbes de Provence #FennelFriday

Hubby and I were in the mood for a simple homemade soup.  We have very demanding schedules these days, so simple recipes are our best friend.  We have actually made this recipe twice now, that is how delicious this recipe is!  It is easy to make, AND guess what?  Pairs perfectly with a lovely Pinot Grigio.  The soup includes lemon, and the wine includes citrus flavors.

Something important my wine guy shared with us the other day:  It is not always about white wine with fish, chicken, or red wine with beef, or cheeses.  The key to pairing wine with your dish….think about the one strong flavor that stands out in each dish, and match the perfect wine to that flavor.  For this soup recipe, the lemon stayed in the mouth from the beginning of the taste, until the very end.  The Pinot Grigio was a perfect match, and complimented all the flavors combined in the soup recipe.

Cozy Lemon Chicken Soup with Herbes de Provence #FennelFriday

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1.5 lbs chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 medium onion, diced
4 medium carrots, sliced
5 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
1 fennel bulb, diced
Juice of one medium lemon (about 1/2 cup)
Zest of one medium lemon
1 tsp Herbes de Provence
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups minute rice


In large soup pot - Over medium high heat, add olive oil and heat pan, then add chicken and start cooking cubes on all sides. Add onion and cook with chicken for about 2 minutes, then add garlic cook together for about 1 minute.

Add the stock and water, then add carrots, fennel, lemon juice, lemon zest, Herbes de Provence, and salt and pepper. Let the soup cook together for about 10 minutes. Next add minute rice and let cook together for 20 minutes.

Serve with Pinot Grigio and Enjoy!



Cozy Lemon Chicken Soup with Herbes de Provence #FennelFriday

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  • Angie
    Mouthwatering clicks, Terra. So I had some creamy (and boring) fennel soup last week, but yours looks so much more interesting with the ingredients you have incorporated.
  • Choc Chip Uru
    Such a creamy and perfect chicken soup :D Cheers CCU P.S Unfortunately, I have lost around 1000 subscribers on my blog, and I have no idea how, so if you were subscribed, would you be able to resubscribe? Thank you!
  • David @ Spicedblog
    That soup looks delicious! And the container of spices looks so darned awesome, too. Am I allowed to open a bottle of wine at 7:40am in honor of this soup??
    • Heck ya! Pop that cork off and is 5 o'clock somewhere right? :-) Take care, Terra
  • Hotly Spiced
    When you start to study wine you realise what a vast topic it is - there's so much to learn. This soup looks very comforting, warming and filling. I love the combination of vegetables and the rice as well. xx
  • Tutti Dolci
    Such a comforting soup, I love the seasonings you added!
  • kitchenriffs
    I love whichever wine is in front of me! ;-) And I love this soup, too - herbes de Provence have such a nice flavor, don't they? One of my favorite blends. Good stuff - thanks.
  • indiaandworldcuisine.blogspot.
    warm and comforting bowl of the blend of flavors :-)
  • Ooh your soup sounds perfect for this time of the year and I love the vibrant colors!! Would love to try it for my family!
  • The Café Sucré Farine
    Looks like a delicious soup Terra, the kind that would be so nice to warm up after a busy day!