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chicken soup with lemon and rice

a recipe by
J. White Harris
Gallatin, TN

This recipe is inspired by one of my favorite soups, Sinigang, from the Philippines and some Mediterranean ideas as well. It is a tasty chicken soup flavored with lemon, thickened with egg, and full of rice and vegetables. The delicious combination of tastes that usually has us going back for seconds.

serves 6 to 8 servings
prep time 15 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For chicken soup with lemon and rice

  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 md
    onion, chopped
  • 2 md
    carrots, chopped
  • 2
    celery ribs, sliced
  • 4 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c
    short grain rice
  • 4 c
    chicken broth, plus more for serving
  • 3
  • 3 Tbsp
    lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • 2 c
    cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 tsp
    fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt, to taste
  • 2 tsp
    dried dill

How To Make chicken soup with lemon and rice

  • 1
    Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrot, and celery and cook until the onion is translucent and the carrot is tender, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another minute.
  • 2
    Add the chicken broth and rice to the pot and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes until the rice is cooked.
  • 3
    While the rice is cooking, whisk the eggs and lemon juice together.
  • 4
    Now take a ladle of the hot chicken broth and slowly add it to the egg mixture while whisking. Note: You want to raise the temperature of the eggs without cooking the eggs at this time.
  • 5
    Add the chicken, dill, salt, and pepper to the soup.
  • 6
    Now while stirring the soup slowly add the egg mixture to the soup. As the soup continues to cook it will thicken as the egg cooks.
  • 7
    Taste the soup and adjust the salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
  • 8
    The soup can be very thick at this point, more like a stew. I like to add more chicken broth to make it more soupy. You can add a garnish of lemon slices and fresh dill.