Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup

Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup

Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup

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Yes, another soup.  I told you we like soups at our house!  I will definitely be making this one again but it was a bit too lemony for us.  One small change and it will be perfect.  But if you like lemon, you’ll love it just the way it is.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds skinless chicken breasts, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 5 cans (14-1/2 oz. each) chicken broth
  • 8 cups coarsely chopped Swiss chard, kale or spinach (1)
  • 2 large carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium lemon, halved and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon peel (2)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice


In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat.  Add half of the chicken; cook and stir until browned.  Transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker.  Repeat with remaining oil and chicken. (3)

Stir broth, vegetables, lemon slices, lemon juice, peel and pepper into chicken.  Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender.  Stir in rice; cook, covered, until heated through. (4)


(1)     I used spinach.  I removed the stems and tore the pieces in half.

(2)     I forgot the lemon peel.  I probably won’t put it in the next time I make this.

(3)     I cooked all the chicken at once.

(4)     This is a very good soup but it was a little too much lemon for us.  Next time, and there will be a next time, I’ll omit the ¼ cup lemon juice and I think that will make it perfect for us.

from Taste of Home Magazine, February/March 2014

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5 thoughts on “Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup

  1. This looks really good and I am going to use a little less lemon as well. A question though, is 2 TBS chicken the correct amount ?

  2. Wonderful recipe! We had this for dinner tonight and it took everything in me to NOT have another bowl! It wasn’t too lemony for us, I only added the 1/4 cup juice, not the actual lemon nor peel. But I will say, mine was a bit too um…spinachy. Give me a break, I needed to use up a few bags before they went bad! 🙂 Thanks for posting this yummy dinner!

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