Lemon Chicken Soup

I’m a soup girl! That means I’m always in search of a new twist on an old soup recipe. I wasn’t sure that I would love this as much as I love creamy soups but I did! Let me introduce to you Lemon Chicken Soup! Your new favorite!

We made this soup about a week ago and how I have been feeling this week, I think it’s time for a repeat! Of course, soup is the very best comfort food in the Winter months. It’s so inviting and cozy, and since you use a whole chicken, it makes the most amazing homemade broth! It sounds time-consuming but it’s not! You throw the whole chicken in your stock pot and wait for the magic to happen!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (3-4 pound) whole chicken
  • 1 onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 carrots, halved
  • 2 celery ribs, halved
  • 4 to 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • salt and black pepper, to taste, be generous with your seasoning
  • 2/3 cup long-grain white rice
  • 11/2 cups diced carrots
  • 11/2 cups diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • fresh parsley

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place chicken, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and 8 cups water in a large stockpot or Dutch oven; season with 1 tablespoon salt and 2 teaspoons pepper.
  2. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until chicken is fork-tender, about 1 hour. Remove chicken and shred; discard skin and bones. Set aside. Strain broth, and discard solids.
  3. Return broth to the pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer. Stir in rice; cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in chicken, carrots, and celery. Cook, covered, until the rice is tender, about 10 more minutes.
  5. Stir in lemon juice; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Serve immediately.

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