Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

"Oh so simple soup, great way to use up leftover chicken or get a ready cooked on in the grocery store. Has a light, lemony flavor. Posted for the Zaar World Tour 2005 to Greece."
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  • In a 5-quart Dutch oven, combine chicken broth and cream of chicken soup, mixing until well blended.
  • Stir in rice, chicken, lemon juice and rind.
  • Bring mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce heat.
  • Cover; simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until rice is tender.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Sheryl K.
    What type of rice? Thanks


  1. gipammy
    This is a great recipe. I recently tried this soup in a restaurant and loved it so I searched for it here. This soup is better than I had in the restaurant. My kids liked it too. I also added sauteed carrots and celery and I used the 97% fat-free cream of chicken soup. This is a definite keeper!
  2. charlie 5
    I have to say, I am impressed. I make a Lemony-Chicken-Soup-263380, that all my friends request the recipe for. It is SO yummy. However, this is awfully close in taste. That said, I think simply because of ease, yours is better! However, I do appreciate the sauteed red pepper in my soup, so I might add it to yours for special occasions. Dress this up with a slice of fresh lemon and some fresh parsley too. The best part - I can make this from pantry items. Might even try using jarred red pepper. Thank you.
  3. cathyloiacono
    I have been making Greek egg lemon soup for years. This tastes so close to it, I can't believe it. It was so easy to make (not at all as labor intensive as my usual recipe) and my DH loved it so much that I will be making this instead from now on. I was about 1/8c short of rice, so I made up the difference with orzo.
  4. Cookin4GoodLookin
    This was fantastic! I LOVED to lemony flavor!! I added finely diced (and sauteed) carrots and celery, and used brown rice. I can't WAIT to have this for lunch again today!
  5. jetta_mel
    flavor was good and it was very simple to make. it seems like i'm the only person this happened to, but the rice sucked up all the liquid and i ended up with more of a rice casserole type dish. had to add water to eat it as soup. maybe i cooked too long?


  1. kelli703
    Oh my, this was so good! I too used orzo instead of rice. Also had to make my own cream of chicken soup due to son's milk allergy. Otherwise followed the recipe as posted, using a rotisserie chicken breast for the 2 cups of diced chicken. . The fresh lemon juice and lemon zest really stand out to me! I'm sure I will make this many times - thanks so much for posting, LAURIE!
  2. Paula2006
    Vegetarian Recipe -- I subbed evaporated milk for the cream chicken soup. I used chick'n bits and imitation chicken broth from a local health food grocery store. One large lemon for the juice and I grated in all the rind. I had left over grilled red peppers and onions which I diced finely and added to the pot. I also added some oregano and pepper. It tasted very close to what my Greek mom made in Greece minus the last minute addition of whipped egg yolk. I did not miss the egg yolk and figured my arteries would thank me. Thanks so much for this recipe. It is certainly a keeper.
  3. KLKJS
    Great starter.. Don't use basmati rice. I ended up with chicken and rice instead of soup. Next time... 1/2 a cup of rice. I'm a lemon lover so I squirted more in after I ladled it into the bowl and finished with fresh ground pepper. Absolutely delicious.
  4. shhthisisjanelle
    deliciously simple and simply delicious! I subbed evaporated milk for the cream of chicken soup, but other than that made no substitutions. Was a wonderful and unique dish, my only complaint being that I didn't have soup for leftovers--the rice absorbed everything!
  5. hockibrat
    WOW! So tasty and FAST!! I substituted the rice for orzo, used local supermarket rotisserie lemon and pepper chicken breast. My two yr old, loved it, definite keeper!


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