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Light Chicken Leg Soup Recipe with Cinnamon

This Light Chicken Leg Soup with Cinnamon will warm your soul…

A mirepoix base with spices like smokey paprika and earthy oregano—slow-cooked with meaty chicken legs simmered in a light broth.

By no means is this the kind of soup to binge on if you’re overly hungry. This is the kind of meal when you’re craving something light yet flavor-packed. It’s absolutely perfect to make for loved ones when they are feeling under the weather, hungover, or in need of good, light, brothy soup.

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Here’s what you need to make this soul-warming Light Chicken Leg Soup

As mentioned before, this chicken soup has a mirepoix base consisting of onions, carrots, and celery. There aren’t too many spices as this dish is to remain nice and light. Paprika adds a smokey hint and the oregano is quite earthy. Who doesn’t like garlic? And the fresh rosemary aids in flavor and in aromatics. Last but not, least a small cinnamon stick because why not?

Light Chicken Leg Soup Ingredients

By the way, if you’re afraid to add a stick of cinnamon to your pot of chicken soup, don’t be. Only half a measly cinnamon stick is used —simmered for only 20 minutes, there is a subtle flavor and aroma of cinnamon without it being too overwhelming. It adds something special, something different…

So, try something new.

Though this chicken soup recipe is meant to be light. Feel free to add any of these ingredients:

  • A small thumb of ginger or turmeric.
  • Fresh diced jalapeno pepper
  • Cilantro
  • Miso paste

I would shy away from cruciferous vegetables—as they can be over-powering.

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light chicken soup recipe

Light Chicken Leg Soup Recipe with Cinnamon

A mirepoix base with spices like smokey paprika and earthy oregano—slow-cooked with meaty chicken legs simmered in a light broth.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 minute
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brothy soup, chicken, glutenfree
Servings: 4 people


  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup thin-sliced carrots feel free to make the carrots small or large
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste used multiple times along the way
  • 2 small sprigs of rosemary, needlelike leaves removed and chopped
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • 8-9 chicken legs, skin removed
  • 64 oz broth of choice


  • Heat a large pot (with a lid) over medium heat. Drizzle in olive oil and add the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic to the pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sautee until the onion have softened.
  • When ready, add the spices and rosemary. Stir-fry for about 30 seconds. Then add the broth and the skinless chicken legs. Cover the pot with a lid and cook on low heat for about 50 minutes to an hour—stirring occasionally so that nothing gets stuck and burned on the bottom. You'll know it's ready once the meat of the chicken is fall-off-the-bone tender. Adjust the seasoning by adding salt and pepper when necessary.
  • To serve, grab your favorite steep bowl and ladle in it the brothy base with pieces of carrot and two drumsticks. Serve with buttery rice, crusty artisanal bread, or slowly sip alone as is.

Ashley Altan

Ashley Altan is an author, food photographer, and prize-winning recipe writer. She has a strong desire to transform common, traditional ingredients into delicious, wholesome meals for her family.