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Bowl of chicken vegetable soup garlinished with dill, a spoon dipped inside and crackers nearby.
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Chicken Vegetable Soup

Chicken Vegetable Soup is a comforting family favorite recipe made with a handful of veggies, rice, and a burst of lemony flavor for a balanced finish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 260kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper plus more to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 8 cups water
  • ½ cup short grain rice
  • 2 roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1 small zucchini chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • In a large Dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot, add olive oil and cook over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables become slightly tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 more minute.
  • Move the vegetables to the sides for the pot, add the chicken breasts in the middle and season with salt, pepper and thyme. Cook undisturbed for 5 minutes, then flip the chicken to the other side and add the water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until the chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken to a cutting board and cut into small cubes. Return the chicken back to the soup along with the rice, tomatoes and zucchini. Continue to cook the soup uncovered over medium-low heat until the rice is tender and the broth is reduced, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the dill and lemon juice.


Tip: To keep your rice al dente cook it separately and add it to a bowl followed by a ladle of your chicken soup. Store separately. 


Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 553mg | Potassium: 741mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3791IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg