Chicken Soup with Lemon and Rice

J. White Harris


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.


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6 to 8 servings
15 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 medium
    onion, chopped
  • 2 medium
    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.

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About Chicken Soup with Lemon and Rice

Course/Dish: Chicken Soups
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American

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