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Mediterranean Chicken and Lemon Soup

Mediterranean Chicken and Lemon Soup
Makes:
4 servings
Prep Time:
10
minutes
Total Time:
25
minutes
based on
61 reviews
Exceptional and creamy Mediterranean Chicken and Lemon Soup is made piquant with lemon juice and a garnish of fresh basil.

In this recipe:


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Ingredients:

  • 2 cans (14.5 fl. oz. each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 small carrot, sliced
  • 2 cups (6 oz.) cooked, cubed chicken breast meat
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper strips
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Fat Free Milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Directions:

BOIL broth in medium saucepan. Add rice and carrot; cook until carrot is tender. Stir in chicken, bell pepper, lemon juice and garlic.

COMBINE 1 tablespoon evaporated milk and cornstarch in small bowl; stir into soup. Gradually stir in remaining evaporated milk. Bring to just a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in basil before serving.


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  •  Star(s)

    I love this version

    Jo Nelson from Jesup, GA

    I have looked for an easy version of this recipe since I had a sample at a grocery store. Finally, I found it in this recipe! I cut down a bit on the lemon juice and it was absolutely wonderful. This one goes in my favorites category.

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    Fantastic!

    Nicole Brousseau from Cutler Bay, FL

    This soup was great and easy, even the picky 5 yr old ate it. I added asparagus tips to put some "green" in it. They were a great sensation!!

  •  Star(s)

    A Good Summer Soup

    NANCY CHAPMAN from Yorba Linda, CA

    After reading some reviews, I cut down on lemon juice to just 2 tablespoon and added very chopped up pieces of celery to the soup. It turned out to be a refreshing soup for the long, hot summer in southern California. I served it with sweet bread rolls.

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    loved it

    Joyce Sullivan from PRESQUE ISLE, ME

    I took it to a bible study and everyone loved it, some even asked to take some home! Very yummy. I used dried basil, followed the conversion-1 tablespoon of fresh for 1 tsp of dried, and it was great!

  •  Star(s)

    quick and easy

    colleen cary from brooklyn park, MN

    I made this soup for supper last night..I could not get over how quick and easy it was to prepare and eveyone loved it!

  •  Star(s)

    Top notch

    Evonne Robertson from Fraser, MI

    My family really enjoyed the soup. I don't see any down falls. It is healthy, easy, and good.

  •  Star(s)

    Refreshing Greek Style Chicken Rice Soup

    Ramona Lukowski from CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI

    My family loves this soup! It is very similar to the 'avogolemono' soups served in our Southeast Michigan area Greektown restauraunts. I serve it cold in summertime with a thin slice of lemon on top. It is delicious and tummy-warming in the winter served hot. My family (mostly teenagers and their friends) love when I make it. My oldest daughter who's away finishing college just asked for the recipe since her fiance likes it so much, too! My thanks to you, VeryBestBaking for another great recipe.

  •  Star(s)

    Mediterranean Chicken and Lemon Soup

    Mary Gates from CAPE CORAL, FL

    The thing I liked best about this soup is it is so nutrional and is really delicious. The thing I didn't like about it was too much lemon flavoring in the soup but that is easily corrected by just cutting back. I find a 1/4 cup to be perfect, but it is a matter of individual taste. This is pretty similar to Greek Lemon Soup. For something different I added some chopped brocolli florets to the soup. My husband likes it so it's a winner in our household.

  •  Star(s)

    Chicken and Lemon Soup

    Nancy Scanlon from Newtown Square, PA

    This soup was good. I thought it had a bit too much lemon but my husband thought it was o.k. I served it with a warm Italian bread. One of the best things was that although there was a lot to prepare, it didn't take long from start to finish for a filling soup.

  •  Star(s)

    Lemony chicken soup

    Marion Bowytz from SAN ANTONIO, TX

    This is a great soup to make with leftovers (chicken and rice) and pantry/fridge staples. I just rinsed off the sauce from leftover chicken and cut it up. If you don't like a strong lemon flavor, you might try halving the lemon juice at first and adding more to taste. My husband and I really liked the soup, maybe my kids will be bold enough to try it next time.

  •  Star(s)

    Mediterranean Chicken & Lemon Soup

    Julie Wesson from WILTON, WI

    I thought there was too much lemon in the soup, so I cut it down to 1/3 cup. Also, the seasoned the chicken with freshly ground coriander.....what a lovely new layer of flavor!

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    a pleasant change

    lee meyers from UNION SPRINGS, NY

    A nice change from the ordinary chicken noodle soup. Perfect for a luncheon.

  •  Star(s)

    Unexpected

    Rev. Lady Athena from Palm Coast, FL

    I tried this recipe with a little hesitance but I was pleasantly surprised that it came out good and looked good too!

  •  Star(s)

    Pretty Tasty

    Jennifer Johnson from Indianpolis, IN

    This was a good recipe, very basic with the ability to swap other flavors in and out. I added oregano and it gave it another little twist.

  •  Star(s)

    G-R-E-A-T Soup !!!

    Linda Randles from NORTH CANTON, OH

    My family usually doesn't care for soup much especially without crackers of some sort to put in it if they do eat soup. I knew they liked everything in this soup so I tried it. I couldn't believe they liked it and was eating it WITHOUT crackers. This is a great recipe for nonsoup lovers. Thanks so much for sharing.

  •  Star(s)

    Easy and Super Yummy

    Brenda Dominguez from Mount Vernon, WA

    It was easy to make and very yummy. I served with crusty bread. My family loved it.

  •  Star(s)

    Very Nice

    Michael Donohue from CAMILLUS, NY

    Great job creating this recipie. Served with warm bread and loved it. Thank you.

  •  Star(s)

    healthy

    Brenda Sipe-Donahue from Ada, MI

    This is a healthy choice with fresh ingredients.

  •  Star(s)

    my own version

    Dawn M...z from QUINCY, MA

    I love buying this lemon chicken rice soup at a food place near me that's owned by a family from Turkey. The taste of this recipe came pretty close to their version. However, with the chicken...I shredded it instead of cubing and I added extra to make it a little thicker (& added water when reheating) and I did not include the carrots or bell peppers. I thought it had a wonderful, sweet, lemon-y flavor but I think next time I will add double the lemon juice & a little more garlic. Great recipe to work with. Kudos to the creator...

  •  Star(s)

    chicken soup

    Susan Kokanchak from YONKERS, NY

    Great and zesty chicken soup to make anytime a must try.

  •  Star(s)

    flavour!

    Edna Ylioja from LUCKY LAKE, SK

    You can't beat the excellent flavour! Meal of its own.

  •  Star(s)

    Veery Good Soup!

    Annette DesJardins from Willow Spring, NC

    This was an easy, & delicious soup. It was good w/crusty bread rolls & a fruit salad! Very filling, too!

  •  Star(s)

    Mediterranean Chicken and Lemon Soup

    CARMA CROW from CALDWELL, ID

    This soup was delicious and easy and has just the right amount of zing!

  •  Star(s)

    SOUP LOVERS

    DAWNA GRAEFF from HAMPSHIRE, TN

    MY FAMILY EATS A LOT OF SOUP FOR THE WINTER SO I FOUND THIS RECIPE AND I MADE IT AND IT WAS DELIOUSSS THE KIDS LOVE THIS SOUP

  •  Star(s)

    INTERESTING SOUP

    Ms. Blaschuk from FARMINGDALE, NY

    This was NOT what I expected - it was better. Different and far from ordinary. The red pepper looked so nice. I would have preferred a stronger lemony flavoring, but it was good none the less. The basil surprised me as I felt that it would be overpowering and it was not. Very interesting combination of ingredients made for a very interesting and different tasting soup! I will make this again.

  •  Star(s)

    PIQUANT CHICKEN SOUP

    DAO ORLOSKI from MENTOR, OH

    THIS WONDERFUL SOUP HAS JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT ZING. IT IS A MEAL ALL BY ITSELF.

  •  Star(s)

    too good

    Tracy Mesiti from HILLSDALE, NJ

    I can't belive that a soup this easy tasted so good! I was serching for a way to use some leftover chicken, everything else I had in my pantry.

  •  Star(s)

    good soup

    JUDY DELPERDANG from CLEAR LAKE, IA

    It was tasty and very easy to make. I would probably cut back a little on the lemon next time, and add a little more rice.

  •  Star(s)

    Chicken and lemon soup

    Carol Miller from OLMSTED FALLS, OH

    Excellent soup, very quick, very easy. I will make it again.

  •  Star(s)

    hot and filling

    Sherryl Clark from DE SOTO, MO

    This was yummy and hot; great on a cold winter night. It filled us up.

  •  Star(s)

    Mediterranean Chicken and Lemon Soup

    Jane Evenson from MAPLE FALLS, WA

    This was a great recipe. Very filling and the whole family liked it.

  •  Star(s)

    Tasty Mediterranean Chicken and Lemon Soup

    Violet Kiss from SAN MARCOS, CA

    Excellent soup! Since I love cooking many different types of ethnic food, I found this a perfect cross between the Greek Lemon-Rice Soup and Thai's Tom Pai. To spice it up, add more chili peppers! The whole family loves it!!!

  •  Star(s)

    Mediterranean Chicken and Lemon Soup

    Carole Finney from HARRISVILLE, OH

    This soup is very good, only I cut down on the peppers that I put in it by half and it is still good. It is so nice and smooth that you would not know that you were eating lite if no one told you.

  •  Star(s)

    Tasty Soup

    Anna Green from Jackson, TN

    I tried this soup for something different. It was very tasty.

  •  Star(s)

    good

    Laurie De La Rosa from joliet, IL

    I love greek and thai food and this was wonderfully close to tom ka kai and greek lemon chicken soup that ya-ya made. this is a very versatile soup that came out great and was wonderful to eat. we also serve this with different garnishes for peoples taste. cilantro and ground peanut and red curry or green makes a nice twist... great for parties

  •  Star(s)

    Chicken in a Soup

    SAMANTHA CRUZ from HOUSTON, TX

    I put way too much lemon juice, only had dried basil, and didn't have red bell peppers available. My roommate however, says it was perfect. Between the two of us it is still on the list of recipes to make again.

  •  Star(s)

    great soup recipe

    DK KI from VISTA, CA

    I value this recipe because it is so easy to prepare and make. I love it how I can try new things each time I make it. I add more vegetables some days and I add a little more rice to make the soup thicker and filling. My family loves it and it is good for snack or meal time.

  •  Star(s)

    Mediterranean Chicken and Lemon Soup

    Cathy GERVING from MOAB, UT

    EXCELLENT!! DELICIOUS!! SUPER EASY TO MAKE!! I like the fact that it is made with reduced fat and sodium ingredients. I plan to add this soup to my Winter's Soup list.

  •  Star(s)

    Mediterranean chicken and lemon soup

    Marian Simpson from HAPPY CAMP, CA

    This is the best lemon soup I have had since I worked at a Greek restaurant that made Avgholemono(lemon soup), sometimes with noodles instead of rice

  •  Star(s)

    GREAT SOUP!

    Betty Pendley from BONNE TERRE, MO

    I MADE THIS SOUP BECAUSE IT REMINDED ME OF A GREEK CHICKEN SOUP I HAVE MADE FOR MANY YEARS. THIS IS A VERY DELICIOUS AND QUICK TO MAKE SOUP. THANKS FOR ANOTHER GREAT RECIPE.

  •  Star(s)

    hmm

    M from Ca

    I made it fine, and it would taste good if someone would like this taste but its just not me...not bad though I'd eat it again

  •  Star(s)

    Really Yummy!

    ANN BERGSTROM from OAKLAND, CA

    I found this recipe to be easy to make and quite tasty. I did cook it a little longer than indicated, to be sure the rice was cooked thoroughly. I had to use dried basil, but was still very pleased with the flavor.

  •  Star(s)

    mediterranean chicken and lemon soup

    linden staciokas from Fairbanks, AK

    This was an easy way to use leftover chicken and the flavor was very fresh. I did add garlic, though.

  •  Star(s)

    Soooo Gooood!

    Melinda Bullough from Spring Hill, FL

    Wonderful soup! Great dinner party starter. Creamy but still healthy with the fat-free Carnation milk! Loved it.

  •  Star(s)

    SOUP

    Carine Nadel from LAGUNA HILLS, CA

    reminded me of the greek soup that's often served at restaurants

  •  Star(s)

    Mediterranean Chicken Lemon Soup

    BARBARA VERGITH from Phoenix, AZ

    I have been wanting to find a recipe for this soup and here it is! This is great served with facacio bread. My lucky day.

  •  Star(s)

    Great

    Lauren Joseph from Bronx, NY

    I absolutely loved this recipe! The chicken and the lemon in the soup blended so well together! It was creamy and tantilizing. I'm not even a fan of soups in general, but this recipe surely changed my mind.

  •  Star(s)

    Great Soup

    Tammy Wold from

    I made this for a large group and everyone loved it. I, however, am not fond of red peppers, so if I were to change anything, I'd either leave them out or chop them into smaller pieces instead of slicing them.

  •  Star(s)

    Great soup!!

    Connie Burch from Stallings, NC

    This is a great soup for the winter time.

  •  Star(s)

    Winter comfort food

    fenya kashergen from Richland, WA

    I really like the taste of the soup and plan to have it often.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe:

  • Calories: 330
  • Calories from Fat: 60
  • Total Fat: 6g (10% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 2g (9% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 60mg (21% of DV)
  • Sodium: 650mg (27% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 36g (12% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g (9% of DV)
  • Sugars: 12g
  • Protein: 32g
  • Vitamin A: 90% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 60% of DV
  • Calcium: 30% of DV
  • Iron: 10% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Mediterranean Chicken and Lemon Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (14.5 fl. oz. each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 small carrot, sliced
  • 2 cups (6 oz.) cooked, cubed chicken breast meat
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper strips
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Fat Free Milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

 

Directions

BOIL broth in medium saucepan. Add rice and carrot; cook until carrot is tender. Stir in chicken, bell pepper, lemon juice and garlic.

COMBINE 1 tablespoon evaporated milk and cornstarch in small bowl; stir into soup. Gradually stir in remaining evaporated milk. Bring to just a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in basil before serving.

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