Chicken Lemon Rice Soup

By Rena |

This easy Chicken Lemon Rice Soup recipe is filling and just perfection in a bowl during the winter. Filled with veggies and chicken and so filling and tasty in a lemony broth. Warm and comforting homemade chicken soup that the whole family will enjoy.

Lemon chicken rice soup

Set your classic chicken noodle soup to the side and make this homemade Chicken Lemon Rice Soup for a change. It is filled with veggies and chicken in a lemony broth that will get you wanting a second and third bowl. Such an easy chicken soup recipe that everyone in your house will love and there won’t be any leftovers.

HOW TO MAKE THIS HOMEMADE CHICKEN LEMON AND RICE SOUP

You should have all your ingredients set up and ready. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat, add the chicken and sear for about 2-3 minutes on each side.

Then, add in the onions, carrot, bell pepper and celery and cook until tender, about 5-6 minutes. Go ahead and add the garlic and thyme. Cook until fragrant for about a minute or so.

The aroma for this Chicken Lemon Rice Soup should start to fill up your kitchen by now.

Add the chicken broth, bay leaf, and brown rice, then bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until rice is cooked through about 20-25 minutes. Using a fork, remove the chicken pieces and shred them using 2 forks.

Finally, return the shredded chicken to the pan and stir in lemon juice, zest, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to your taste and enjoy.

chicken soup recipe

CHICKEN LEMON RICE SOUP SUBSTITUTES

  • Chicken: Use boneless or skinless hicken thighs or breasts. I love using mostly boneless breasts. Some may love keeping bone-in for added flavor.
  • Rice: You may use brown or white rice. A great substitute for the rice would be either quinoa or some shredded cauliflower to keep it keto!
  • Veggies: Some other veggies to use can be broccoli, green beans, peas, and cauliflower.

 

Lemon chicken rice soup recipe

HOW LONG DOES CHICKEN SOUP LAST IN THE FRIDGE

Store your chicken soup in an airtight container before you place it in the fridge to retain its fresh taste. The chicken soup should last for 5-7 days in the fridge.

CAN YOU FREEZE HOMEMADE CHICKEN SOUP

If you have a lot of leftovers, you can store the rest of the chicken soup in an airtight container and freeze. They should last for 4-6 months frozen. When you are ready for the chicken soup, remove the night before and allow it to thaw in the fridge. Then reheat it on your stovetop until it starts boiling again. Adjust the taste if needed.

HOW LONG TO BOIL CHICKEN FOR SOUP

You may not need to cook the chicken ahead for some chicken soup recipes. On my chicken lemon rice soup, you will be cooking the chicken along with everything else, remove the chicken to shred almost halfway through and then add it back in.

If a recipe asks for you to cook the chicken separately, bring a pot of water to boil, add chicken breasts or thighs along with some herbs for some flavor. You can use cinnamon, whole cloves, and bay leaf. Allow it to boil for about 15-20 minutes. Even if it’s not completely cooked through thats fine. After you shred and place in the pot with veggies, it will have more time to cook thoroughly.

Lemon chicken rice soup

I hope you love this Chicken Lemon Rice Soup Recipe. If you do don’t forget to share it and let me know your thoughts in the comment below.

Want more soup recipes? Check these out below:

Lemon chicken rice soup

Remember to subscribe to my NEWSLETTER for free and receive all my new recipes delivered right to your inbox!

If you try a recipe and you like it, please use my hashtag #healthyfitnessmeals on INSTAGRAM for a chance to be featured! FOLLOW Healthy Fitness Meals on FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | TWITTER for all of my latest blog posts and recipes.

Lemon chicken rice soup recipe

Chicken Lemon Rice Soup

A hearty and tasty soup that's loaded with chicken and vegetables. 
5 from 2 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 275kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Chicken Thighs or breasts
  • 1/3 Cup Uncooked brown rice rinsed and drained
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Sweet Onion diced
  • 2 Carrots diced
  • 2 Stalks Celery diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves chopped
  • 1 Tsp Thyme chopped
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 5 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Lemon zest, and juice
  • 1 Handful Parsley chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to your taste

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear for about 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Add in the onions, carrot, bell pepper and celery and cook until tender, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about a minute. 
  • Add the chicken broth, bay leaf, and brown rice, then bring it to a boil. 
  • Reduce the heat and simmer until rice is cooked through about 20-25 minutes. Remove chicken and shred it using 2 forks.
  • Return the shredded chicken to the pan and stir in lemon juice, zest, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to your taste and enjoy!

Video

Notes

  • Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.
  • Chicken: Use boneless or skinless chicken thighs or breasts. I love using mostly boneless breasts. Some may love keeping bone-in for added flavor. 
  • Rice: You may use brown or white rice. A great substitute for the rice would be either quinoa or some shredded cauliflower to keep it keto!
  • Veggies: Some other veggies to use can be broccoli, green beans, peas, and cauliflower.

Nutrition

Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 806mg | Potassium: 572mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4195IU | Vitamin C: 54.3mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1.5mg
Tried this Recipe? Tag me Today!Mention @HealthyFitnessMeals or tag #HealthyFitnessMeals!

chicken lemon rice soup

Reader Interactions

Comments

  1. Kasandra says

    5 stars
    I’ve made this soup several times because it is delicious! Just the right amount of veggies , protein and carbs. 1 bowl leaves me full and the lemon just makes the flavors of the soup stand out even more!

Leave A Reply