Green Tea Chicken Soup

Beautiful food photography: bowl of comforting chicken soup. Recipe made using Tetley Pure Green tea.

Made with our Pure Green Tea, this quick and comforting chicken soup is the perfect comfort meal.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) parboiled long grain brown rice
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 4 oz (125 g) shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) minced ginger
  • 4 cups (1 L) water
  • 4 cups (1 L) no salt added chicken broth
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, bruised
  • 2 cups (500 mL) cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1 cup (250 mL) shelled edamame
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
  • Pure Green Tea tea bags
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) Chinese five spice
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) thinly sliced green onion


  1. Prepare the rice according to package directions. Keep warm.
  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan set over medium-high heat. Sauté mushrooms, carrots, and ginger for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Add water, chicken broth and lemongrass; bring to a boil. Stir in the chicken, edamame, and salt. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until chicken is heated through.
  4. Remove from heat. Add tea bags, lemon juice and Chinese five spice. Steep, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and lemongrass. Divide warm rice among 4 soup bowls. Ladle soup over top. Garnish with green onion.


  • Chinese five spice is a fragrant blend of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, and fennel seeds. It can be substituted with a pinch of allspice or curry powder.
  • To bruise the lemongrass, trim off the base of the stalk and the spiky tops, then crush stalk with the back of a knife. This will help release the aromatic oils for best flavour. Lemongrass will keep in the fridge for up to 10 days.
  • Use leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken from the deli.


Per serving: 230 calories, 5.5 g fat, 35 mg cholesterol, 756 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrates, 2.5 g fibre, 1.5 g sugar, 22 g protein.