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Lemon Chicken Soup in a bowl

Lemon Chicken Soup

Lemon chicken soup marries citrus with chicken in a steamy, dreamy bowl! This true comfort food will brighten those dreary winter days!
Course Chicken Dinner, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword How Do I Make Lemon Chicken Soup, How To Make Lemon Chicken Soup, Lemon Chicken Soup, Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 406kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 carrots, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons chicken flavor Better Than Bouillon
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 (2-3 inch) Parmesan cheese rind
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded


  • Add oil to a large pot heating over medium heat. Saute onion, garlic, carrots, celery, 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning until onion is translucent.
    How to make Lemon Chicken Soup, sauteing the veggies
  • Sprinkle flour over vegetables and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
    How to make Lemon Chicken Soup, sprinkling flour to sauteed veggies
  • Remove pot from the heat and slowly whisk in chicken stock until smooth.
  • Stir in Better Than Bouillon, lemon juice, bay leaf, rosemary sprig, and Parmesan rind and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat immediately and simmer 30 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and Parmesan rind and discard.
  • Bring the soup back to a high simmer and add the rice and Parmesan cook until it's tender about 15-20 minutes. Add the chicken is heated through, about 5-8 minutes.
    How to make Lemon Chicken Soup, simmer and add chicken
  • Adjust seasoning, ladle into individual bowls and sprinkle with parsley. Serve, passing extra Parmesan.
    How to make Lemon Chicken Soup, ladle scooping


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 696mg | Potassium: 889mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 12561IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 325mg | Iron: 2mg