Lemon Chicken and Rice Soup

I always thought I didn’t like soup very much, but it turns out I just don’t like canned soup very much. Making soup at home makes a huge difference in flavor and especially the texture of soups. The vegetables in homemade soup aren’t mushy, you can make it as meaty as you’d like, and great homemade soup doesn’t have to take all day.

My neighbor recently gave me a recipe that she loved for Lemon Rice Soup. I was a bit leery of using a can of cream of chicken soup, but it added a nice creamy texture, and the lemon juice really brightens up the soup. It’s a nice change from traditional chicken noodle. For my meat lovers, I also added two diced chicken breasts and omitted the eggs. This was an easy soup that my family gave a thumbs up and I’ll definitely make it again.

Lemon Chicken and Rice Soup

Lemon Chicken and Rice Soup


  • 3/4 cup long grain rice
  • 4 cans chicken broth (56 oz.)
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • juice of one lemon (approximately 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • salt and pepper


Bring 1 can of chicken broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in rice. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes or until all the broth is absorbed. Add remaining 3 cans of chicken broth cream of chicken soup, chicken breast, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, approximately 20 min. Add lemon juice, parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper.


More easy soup recipes:
Spicy Chicken Soup (Barbara Bakes)
Baked Potato Soup (Barbara Bakes)
Zuppa Tuscana (Lori’s Lipsmacking Goodness)
Easy Minestrone Soup (Two Peas and Their Pod)

Jennifer, Savor The Thyme, featured me and another great soup recipe, Baked Potato Soup on Babble, The Family Kitchen. Stop by and check it out along with other great soup recipes.

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  1. says

    I love making soups from scratch and they don’t have to be complicated either. This looks like a perfect weeknight soup to make. Quick, easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing your neighbor’s recipe.

  2. says

    Barbara, you are so right about homemade soup compared to canned soup. There is life in “real” soup. I have been making a few new soups, each week and I plan to add this to the list for cooking, within a few weeks.

    If you have a moment, would you link this to Let’s Do Brunch. It is the perfect recipe for a warming lunch in the cold weather, we are having in New York.


  3. says

    Looks wonderful Barbara. I love chicken soups, any kind works for me. I plan on making some this week, it’s on my menu, just not sure what kind yet :)

  4. says

    I’ve been sick this week and gave this one a go – big thumbs up! I loved that it was easy and quick – I used mostly prepared ingredients from the market, then subbed out the rice for some orzo I had as leftovers. Will definitely make this one again. Have you tried freezing it? Wonder how that would work.

    • says

      Lisa – I did freeze it and although the rice gets a little soft, it freezes and reheats very well. I think the orzo is a great substitution. So glad you loved it! Thanks for letting me know. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  5. says

    Come to think of it…I’ve never put lemon in soup…hmmm.

    Canned soups certainly would not be my first choice, however, on occasion while away from home…I actually didn’t turn my nose away from it either. ;o)

    Thanks for sharing this recipe Barbara.
    Flavourful wishes,

  6. says

    That looks so lovely! I just may have to make that tonight for dinner.

    It was 2 degrees when I got home last night and I was craving soup, but couldn’t think of any type of soup that appealed to me…


  7. says

    I love this recipe, Barbara, and want to add this to our soup diet. I think the addition of lemon will really change and heighten the flavor. Perfect soup!

  8. says

    Hmmmm, let’s see…it looks delicious, easy, and I have all the ingredients! I printed it out, and I’m making it tomorrow:) Thanks, Barbara!

  9. says

    Oh yes, I agree. In fact it wasn’t until I learned how to cook I’d even consider having a soup & now we’re all uber fans of the yummy soup, endless variations but still wouldn’t consider buying or trying a canned soup. Ick!
    Love this simple little filling healthy soup Barbara, it sounds wonderful for one of those cold nights.

  10. says

    This looks really good and fitting for the current winter storm we are going through here in the south. About the chicken soup…try making it homemade. It works just as good in recipes.

  11. says

    Homemade soup simmering on top of the stove is the best! Your Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup looks perfect for a cold winter night.

  12. says

    I am with you on not liking canned soups. I haven’t found one yet that is decent unless to cook with and make life easier. This soup sounds so yummy and perfectly easy with great results. I will be trying this.

  13. says

    The only soup product I buy anymore is broth; the convenience is something I just can’t give up. But I love the sound of this so I’ll thinking maybe some chicken bouillon and white sauce to replace the cream of chicken soup? I love the idea of the lemon!

  14. says

    You know…that’s probably it! I always thought I’m just not a soup fan. Probably just canned soup. I need to make this and find out how good it really is! 😀

  15. says

    Barbara, I’m with you! I never was a fan of soup wither, but that’s because it al came form a can! Homemade soup is so much better – and this one looks fantastic. The canned cream of chicken is probably the perfect addition for thickening it up and adding a creaminess – but the lemon? I can’t wait to tr it myself! Thanks for the great post!