Nights and mornings are definitely getting chilly here, which means it’s turning into soup weather. . . ugh! Not “ugh!” about the soup, I loooove soup! But “ugh!” about the weather, I am dreading colder temps and all that comes with it.
I am a total whimp when it comes to the cold. Anything below 50 degrees feels like the North Pole to me (yes, I’m a sissy). So when the low dropped to the upper 40’s this week, I made soup, two nights in a row in fact.
This Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup is so delicious! It’s total comfort food. There is nothing better than a hot bowl of delicious soup on those cold nights. Now this isn’t like your normal chicken noodle soup, it’s definitely more like a chowder. It’s slightly thick and creamy and so, so good! I want another bowl of it right now!
I served this with some hot crusty bread and we were in heaven! This soup is definitely a keeper, I can’t wait to make it again.
One more thing. If you live in Utah and you haven’t seen the movie Just Let Go, please go see it this week-end. It’s an incredible movie with a powerful message of forgivness that everyone needs to hear.
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
- 2 boneless , skinless chicken breasts (about 12 ounces)
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 2 carrots , peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
- 1 tsp. fresh minced thyme
- 3/4 cup long grain rice
- 2 Tbsp. fresh minced parsley
- 1 1/2 to 3 Tbsp. lemon juice (adjust to your liking)
- 4 large egg yolks
Bring chicken broth to boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Cover and set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until just smoking. Pat chicken breasts dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until lightly browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per side then transfer to a plate.
Lower heat to medium-low, add onion, and cook until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in hot broth, using wooden spoon to scrape browned bits from pan. Add 2 carrots, thyme, rice and chickens. Cover and simmer over low heat until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
Transfer chicken to a cutting board and continue simmering soup, covered, until rice is tender, about 10 minutes more. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces. Off heat, stir in the chicken and parsley.
Whisk lemon juice and egg yolks in a bowl. Whisking constantly, gradually ladle 1 cup hot soup into egg mixture, then stir egg mixture back into soup. Reheat over low heat for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
I only used 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice, but feel free to adjust it to your liking. The actual recipe calls for 3 tablespoons, but I figured you can always add more but can't take out if you put in too much. I suggest you start with one tablespoon and taste it and then add according to your taste buds.
I also stirred in about another 1/2 to 3/4 cup of chicken broth just before serving. It had thickened up quite a bit and I wanted it just slightly thinner.
One more thing, I threw in an extra carrot because mine weren't super big.
Recipe Source: ATK’s The Best Simple Recipes