Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup

There’s something truly magical about the aroma of a comforting soup simmering away in a slow cooker. It’s like a warm hug from the kitchen, inviting you to sit down, relax, and savor each spoonful. And if you love the bright and refreshing flavors of lemon, then you’re in for a treat with this Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup. This recipe combines tender pieces of chicken, wholesome rice, and vibrant lemony goodness to create a soup that is both comforting and invigorating.
A few years ago, I was feeling under the weather, battling a winter cold that left me feeling drained and achy. In my search for a nourishing remedy, I stumbled upon this Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup. I gathered the ingredients, tossed them into the slow cooker, and let it work its magic while I rested and took care of myself.
The moment I lifted the lid and was greeted by the tantalizing aroma, I knew I had found the perfect remedy. As I took my first spoonful, my taste buds were awakened by the tanginess of the lemon, the tender morsels of chicken, and the comforting warmth of the rice. It was like a burst of sunshine in a bowl, lifting my spirits and soothing my soul. From that moment on, this recipe became a staple in my kitchen, a go-to for any time I needed a comforting, yet invigorating meal.
Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup:
– 1.5 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
– 1 cup minute rice
– 6 cups chicken broth
– 1 onion, diced
– 4 carrots, sliced
– 4 celery stalks, sliced
– 3 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 lemons, juiced and zested
– 1 teaspoon dried thyme
– 2 tablespoons butter, salted and cut into chunks
– Salt and pepper to taste
– Fresh parsley, for garnish
1. In a slow cooker, combine the chicken, chicken broth, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Also add in butter chunks. Stir to combine.
2. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours, until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender.
3. With about 30 mins left, shred the chicken (can do this outside of slow cooker) and put back in. Add the minute rice. Cook for another 30 minutes on high.
4. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.
5. Serve hot and enjoy the comforting flavors of this Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup.
So, dear reader, why not save this recipe and let it be your go-to soup for those moments when you need a comforting and invigorating bowl of goodness? Let the subtle tanginess of the lemon, the tender chicken, and the wholesome rice warm your soul and lift your spirits. This soup is a reminder that even on the coldest of days, there’s always a ray of sunshine waiting to be savored.

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