USA Cancer Society: Chicken and White Bean Soup For Patients With Diagnosed Cancer

Eating a balanced diet is sensible advice for anyone, but it is even more important if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. The body needs vital nutrients and vitamins in order to keep healthy, fight infections and perform at its best.

When you are already ill, eating well can help ease the symptoms of your disease, help you recover better from treatments, as well as give you more energy and help maintain a healthy body weight.

However, cancer treatments can make you feel nauseous and leave you with little appetite.

1. Chicken and White Bean Soup

Chicken soup is very soothing, packed with protein and easy to consume. Add in some white beans for extra flavor and even more protein, or substitute the beans for some noodles if you prefer. This soup is particularly easy to make because it uses store-bought rotisserie chicken.

Ingredients (serves 6):

  1. 3 cups of rotisserie chicken or chopped cooked chicken breast
  2. 6 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  3. 2 cups water
  4. 15oz can white beans, rinsed
  5. 1 Tbsp of oil
  6. 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  7. 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  8. 1 onion, diced
  9. Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Shred the meat from the rotisserie chicken, omitting the skin and bones.
  2. Saute the onion, celery and carrots with the oil over a low to medium heat until the onions turn translucent (about 10 minutes).
  3. Add the broth and chicken and simmer for another 10 minutes. Then add in the chicken and beans and cook for five minutes, season to taste and serve.

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