Lemon Chicken and Rice Soup

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Lemon Chicken and Rice Soup - The best kind of comfort in a bowl! It's so cozy and heartwarming, using a whole chicken for the most amazing homemade broth!

The best kind of comfort in a bowl! It’s so cozy and heartwarming, using a whole chicken for the most amazing homemade broth!

Lemon Chicken and Rice Soup - The best kind of comfort in a bowl! It's so cozy and heartwarming, using a whole chicken for the most amazing homemade broth!

So we packed our bags and left LA to head to Manhattan for Thanksgiving this year.

And I kid you not. It was the coldest Thanksgiving in New York’s City history since 1901.

It was a whopping 17 degrees F on Thursday. And all I really needed at that point was a piping hot bowl of this chicken and rice soup!

Instead, we froze our butts off, watching Charlie Brown go by in the parade.

But now that I’m home in 70 degree weather, I’m still whipping up this soup. AKA. My favorite soup of the month, of course.

The best part is that you get to simmer an entire whole chicken, creating the most amazing homemade broth ever. It’s cozy, comforting and incredibly heartwarming for any kind of weather.

And while, yes, the broth is bomb.com, the fresh dill and lemon juice really let this soup shine.

Lemon Chicken and Rice Soup - The best kind of comfort in a bowl! It's so cozy and heartwarming, using a whole chicken for the most amazing homemade broth!

Lemon Chicken and Rice Soup

The best kind of comfort in a bowl! It’s so cozy and heartwarming, using a whole chicken for the most amazing homemade broth!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (3-4 pound) whole chicken, rinsed
  • 1 onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 carrots, halved
  • 2 celery ribs, halved
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Kosher salt freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2/3 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Place chicken, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves and 8 cups water in a large stockpot or Dutch oven; season with 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon 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 through a fine-mesh sieve; 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 dill and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Serve immediately.

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