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Lemon Rice Soup

This Lemon Rice Soup is healthy and full of bright, fresh flavors. It's packed with soft and creamy Arborio rice, tender chicken, egg, lemon, and more!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: arborio rice, healthy, rotisserie chicken
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 237kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth




  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 celery diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3/4 cups uncooked Arborio rice
  • 2 (32 oz) cartons chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 cups cooked and cubed chicken about 1 store-bought rotisserie (1 pound)
  • 2 lemons zested
  • Chopped dill optional for garnish
  • Crumbled feta for serving - don’t be shy, this takes the soup to the next level


  • Melt butter over medium heat in a large stockpot.
  • Once melted, add in onion, carrots, celery, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano and parsley and sauté until the carrots are tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in rice and toast for 1 minute.
  • Add in chicken broth, scrapping up any brown bits from the bottom, then set heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes, or until the rice is cooked to your liking. Stir occasionally to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk the lemon juice and eggs together.
  • Spoon a ladleful or two of the hot soup broth to the egg mixture and stir to temper (gradually heat up) the eggs.
  • Slowly pour the egg mixture into the soup, stirring the whole time.
  • Stir in the cooked chicken and lemon zest.
  • Taste and re-season, if necessary, then let stand to thicken, if desired.
  • Ladle into bowls and top with (optional) dill and a generous amount of crumbled feta and enjoy!
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Serving: 1person | Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1187mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2924IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg