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Chicken and Rice Soup with Spinach, Lemon, and Dill

Scott Phillips

Servings: 6-8

A burst of fresh lemon juice, added just before serving, makes this soup sing.


  • 1-1/2 Tbs. olive oil or canola oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped onion 
  • 1 cup finely chopped or diced carrot
  • 1 cup finely chopped or diced celery
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 large or 2 small bay leaves
  • 3 quarts Homemade Chicken Broth or lower-salt chicken broth
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups shredded, cooked chicken
  • 3 cups cooked-until-barely-tender white rice
  • 10 oz. spinach, well washed and dried, tough stems removed, and chopped into 2-inch piece
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 to 4 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions for serving (optional)

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 200
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 50
  • Fat (g): 6
  • Saturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 1320
  • Carbohydrates (g): 29
  • Fiber (g): 4
  • Protein (g): 12


  • Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large (at least 8-quart), heavy-duty pot or Dutch oven. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and 1/2 Tbs. salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened and lightly browned in places, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the bay leaf or leaves and cook, stirring, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are completely tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Stir in the shredded chicken, the rice, and spinach. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until all are tender and the flavors meld, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the dill and 1 Tbs. of the lemon juice. Taste, and add more lemon juice, 1 Tbs. at a time, if needed, up to 4 Tbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish each bowl with 1 Tbs. sliced scallion, if you like.


If you made the chicken broth yourself, use the meat from that bird; otherwise you can use the meat from a store-bought rotisserie chicken.


Rate or Review


  • MommyDot | 12/28/2014

    Excellent. Nice zing with the lemon and dill.

  • Zwilly | 10/06/2013

    Really enjoyed the flavours of the dill and the lemon at the end and will definitely make this again but won't go to the trouble of making my own chicken stock as you can now purchase good quality chicken stock and the flavour is just as good IMO

  • G_MaBecky | 02/18/2013

    This is my new favorite chicken soup recipe. The use of the lemon was a surprise to me, but it tastes amazing.

  • JustOfSpades | 11/11/2012

    Very good recipe. Simple, fresh..just complex enough. I had no big itch to change anything and I'm glad I didn't. Homemade broth is well worth it, I used an organic bird. As a main course, we served 6 happy adults perfectly.

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