What’s for Dinner?
Greek Lemon and Chicken Soup
Healthy comfort food
-Julie Ryan Evans
This recipe is courtesy of Whole Foods – a favorite online destination of mine when I get stuck in a dinner rut. This soup is delicious and a nice twist on traditional chicken soup. It’s perfect to ward off and sooth all the cold and flu that seem to already be making the rounds.
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 small onion, peeled and cut in half
1 small carrot, peeled
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup long grain rice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
Sea salt and ground pepper to taste
Bring chicken broth, onion, carrot, bay leaf and salt to a simmer. Add chicken breasts, cover and gently simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Remove chicken breasts, let cool slightly and pull or cut chicken into thin strips. Set aside. Strain soup and return to boil. Add rice and gently simmer for 20 minutes, then add chicken back to soup for another 5 minutes.
Whisk eggs until they are frothy, and whisk in lemon juice. Add a cup of the hot soup to egg-lemon mixture, very slowly, whisking while you pour it in. Add another cup in the same manner. Take soup off the heat and add egg mixture to it. Sprinkle with parsley, season with salt and pepper and serve.