How do you make chicken lemon rice soup?

Introduction: Chicken Lemon Rice Soup

Chicken lemon rice soup is a nourishing and comforting soup that is perfect for cold winter days or when you need a quick and easy meal. This soup has a delicious blend of flavors, with tender chunks of chicken, soft grains of rice, and a tangy lemon flavor that complements the richness of the broth. This soup is not only delicious, but it is also easy to make and can be customized to your liking.

Ingredients and preparation

To make chicken lemon rice soup, you will need boneless, skinless chicken breasts, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, chicken broth, rice, lemon juice, and lemon zest. You can also add other vegetables such as mushrooms or spinach, and herbs such as parsley or thyme to enhance the flavor of the soup.

To prepare the ingredients, chop the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery into small pieces. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and season it with salt and pepper. Rinse the rice and set it aside. Juice and zest a lemon and set aside.

Cooking the chicken and vegetables

In a large pot, heat some oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot and set it aside.

In the same pot, add the chopped onion, garlic, carrots, and celery. Cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

Adding the rice and chicken broth

Add the rice to the pot and stir to coat it with the vegetable mixture. Pour in the chicken broth and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let the soup simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through.

Adding the lemon juice and zest

Add the lemon juice and zest to the pot and stir to combine. The lemon juice will add a tangy flavor to the soup, while the zest will provide a fragrant aroma.

Adding herbs and spices

Add any herbs or spices that you like to the soup, such as parsley or thyme. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.

Letting the soup simmer

Let the soup simmer for another 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

Adjusting seasoning and consistency

Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning as needed. If the soup is too thick, you can add more chicken broth or water to thin it out. If it’s too thin, you can add more rice or let it simmer for a few more minutes to thicken up.

Serving suggestions

Serve the soup hot in bowls, garnished with some fresh herbs or lemon slices. You can also serve it with some toasted bread or crackers on the side.

Conclusion: Enjoy your homemade soup

Making chicken lemon rice soup is a simple and satisfying meal that can be easily customized to your taste. With a few simple ingredients, you can create a delicious and comforting soup that is perfect for any occasion. So go ahead and try making this soup at home, and enjoy the warm and comforting flavors of chicken, rice, and lemon.

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Elise DeVoe

Elise is a seasoned food writer with seven years of experience. Her culinary journey began as Managing Editor at the College of Charleston for Spoon University, the ultimate resource for college foodies. After graduating, she launched her blog, Cookin’ with Booze, which has now transformed into captivating short-form videos on TikTok and Instagram, offering insider tips for savoring Charleston’s local cuisine.

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