Slow cooker chicken lemon rice soup is delicious, comforting, and naturally dairy and gluten free. A wonderfully warming soup for the winter months!
The winter weather is really something right now, isn’t it? Here in the Midwest, we are in the middle of a bitter cold snap. Temps in the single digits have me hiding inside with a cup of tea in my hand at all times.
Or better yet, a bowl of soup in my hands. Specifically, a bowl of chicken lemon rice soup.
The ingredients are so simple…rice, chicken, broth, and lots of fresh lemon juice. But after a few hours in the slow cooker, they combine into a deliciously warm and comforting soup.
The chicken thighs are fall-apart tender, and the rice cooks down to the point of adding some creaminess to the sauce, which is nice – there’s no need to add any dairy to make this soup creamy.
If you prefer to make this with brown rice, you can do that! The brown rice will probably stay a little firmer than the white rice does, resulting in a slightly different texture.
If you don’t like peas, you can leave them out. Feel free to add green beans or a different vegetable if you wish!
This slow cooker chicken lemon rice soup is:
- gluten free and dairy free
- free of the top 8 allergens
- creamy and comforting
- perfect for cold weather
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Slow Cooker Chicken Lemon Rice Soup.
- Place the olive oil, chopped onion and carrots, chicken thighs, rice, and 56 ounces of broth in the slow cooker.
- Place the remaining 8 ounces of broth in the refrigerator. Close the slow cooker and cook the soup on high for 4 hours, or low for 7-8 hours.
- About a half hour before the end of the cooking time, place the frozen peas in a colander and rinse them to thaw. Add them to the slow cooker.
- Add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper. If the soup looks like it needs a little more liquid, add the remaining 8 ounces of broth - you should warm it in the microwave before adding to the slow cooker.
- Let the soup cook for another half an hour. It will be thick, and the rice will be somewhat broken down. Season with more salt and pepper if desired.