Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lemony Chicken and Rice Soup


Over the weekend I made my typical homemade chicken soup.  With everyone still battling sickness, I wanted to make some more soup.  I know how good lemon, garlic, and chicken broth are for you when you are sick!

I scoured the internet, looking for a chicken and rice soup with lemon in it.  I couldn’t find anything that was “just right”, so I created my own recipe.  This one is fairly quick since you use prepared chicken broth.

Lemony Chicken and Rice Soup
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1/2 of whole chicken, cooked and shredded (~1.5-2 cups of chicken)
1/2 cup of uncooked brown rice
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 garlic cloves, pressed or chopped
8 cups (2 cartons) of chicken broth
1 T dried parsley
1 lemon, juiced

First, cook the rice most of the way.  Put 1/2 cup of brown rice in a pot with 1 cup of water.  Bring to a boil and cook at a simmer for 30 minutes.  (Usually brown rice takes 45-50 minutes, so you are just cooking it partially).  NOTE:  If you like a meatier soup, you may want to add more rice, just be sure to use double its amount of water to cook it.

Sauté onion, carrot, and garlic in 2 T butter for 5-8 minutes til onion is soft. 

Add chicken broth, parsley, chicken, and rice to the saute mixture.  Simmer for 15 minutes.

Remove from heat.  Add lemon juice. 

Stir, serve, and enjoy!

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