This Creamy Chicken Lemon Rice Soup is quick, comforting and soup-er easy! Rice cooks with a combination of carrots, celery and onions in broth and is thickened with lemon juice and eggs. Ladle into bowls on a chilly day or when you’re feeling a little (or a lot) under the weather. Yields 8 cups in 30 minutes.
Day one: It always starts with a tickle. You wake with a slightly dry throat and in severe denial because you don’t have the time to be sick. You think, was I snoring again? Or sleeping with my mouth open? Then later in the day swollen neck glands are present, you’ve got the classic chill and feeling a little achy.
Day two: nose congestion sets in.
Day three: make soup.
I’ve said it once before, soup has magic healing capabilities. And without fail, whenever my family or I start to feel a cold virus taking root in our system I fight back with soup. So it’s either homemade chicken noodle soup or this chicken and lemon rice soup. My mom has made me this soup before when I was feeling my absolute worst and I swear by the next day I started to feel back to normal again. Coincidence?
I took my Mom’s chicken lemon rice soup recipe and added a little carrot, celery and onion for more flavor and texture. Her recipe also says one VERY large can of chicken broth, two handfuls of long grain rice… umm what? I swear all her recipes are like this because she’s that good. I am not. Well at least not when it comes to soups. I need exact measurements. So I measured my way through her recipe and came out with a pretty delicious cold-fighting soup.
To make this soup you will need: 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1/2 cup each carrot, celery and yellow onion, 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 2 quarts (8 cups) low-sodium chicken broth, 3/4 cup long grain white rice, 2 large eggs, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 cup diced cooked chicken, kosher salt and black pepper. Fresh mint or parsley and crackers for serving.
First, heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Then add the finely diced carrot, celery and onion with a pinch of kosher salt, sautéing for 5 to 8 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
Next, add in the oregano, parsley and pour in 2 quarts (8 cups) of low sodium chicken broth. If you have my cookbook (affiliate), my (unsalted) homemade chicken broth would work perfectly here. Just keep in mind you may need to season with more salt.
Next, bring the broth up to a rolling boil. Then add in the long grain rice. Stir and replace the lid, reduce the heat to medium-high and cook the rice for twenty minutes, only stirring once or twice. The rice likes to stick to the bottom of the pot so scrape your spatula on the bottom of your dutch oven.
Then in a small bowl, whisk together the egg and lemon juice. Once the rice is cooked, remove the lid and turn off the heat under the pot. When the soup has stopped bubbling, remove a ladle of broth and s-l-o-w-l-y drizzle it into the egg/lemon mixture while stirring it constantly. This is called tempering.
This will give the soup a luscious creaminess just minus the cream.
Next pour the tempered eggs/broth back into the soup pot and stir. It will thicken up effortlessly. Do not let this soup re-boil.
Lastly, add in 1 cup of diced cooked chicken breast, either leftover or rotisserie. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Finally, give it a stir and this lusciously creamy chicken lemon rice soup is ready to serve! For more lemony flavor, add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon very finely grated/minced lemon zest.
Serve immediately as it will thicken the longer it sits. However, adding hot water will thin it out perfectly without losing any flavor.
Ladle this tasty chicken lemon rice soup into bowls and sprinkle with minced fresh mint or parsley and with crackers. Or a double-decker cheese grilled cheese sandwich. Because why not? Hey, when you’re sick you need nourishment in the form of cheese, bread and soup amiright?
I truly hope the cold virus skips all of you this year, but if it doesn’t? I’ve got the cure. Make yourself a batch of this chicken lemon rice soup!
Enjoy! And if you give this Creamy Chicken Lemon Rice Soup recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
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