Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup Recipe Is What to Make Year-Round by 30Seconds Food

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Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup Recipe Is What to Make Year-Round

This lemony chicken and rice soup recipe is inspired by the Greek lemon soup called Avgolemono. Avgolemono has egg, but this delicious soup is eggless. This flavorful chicken soup is perfect for cool fall nights, warm spring days or even hot summer nights with a loaf of crusty bread. (Who says soup is only for winter?)

For this lemon chicken and rice soup recipe you'll need boneless chicken thighs, bay leaves, olive oil, onion, carrot, celery, zucchini, garlic, thyme, long-grain rice, lemons and fresh parsley. Simple, healthy ingredients. While the soup simmers, cut up a fresh salad or try your hand at homemade dinner rolls

You could use boneless chicken breast for this recipe, but the boneless thighs are moister and more forgiving if overcooked. Serve this chicken soup for lunch or dinner. Store any leftover soup in the refrigerator for up to five days. 

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 65 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, sliced
  • 1 large zucchini or yellow squash, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • chopped fresh parsley, for serving

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put the chicken, bay leaves and water into a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and gently simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate. 
  2. In a skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onion, carrots, celery, squash, garlic and thyme. Cook until they soften a bit, about 5 minutes. Put the vegetables into the pot with the broth. 
  3. Shred and return the chicken to the pot. Add the rice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook about 20 minutes or until rice is tender.
  4. Add the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish individual bowls with chopped fresh parsley. 

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Donna John
This is my kind of soup! Mmm.
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Thanks for sharing Great Recipe!

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