Tonights dinner is Lemon Chicken & Rice soup. I do cook alot of chicken meals but have been trying to give other meats ago for a bit of variety in my diet and the kids diet, the kids dont really like steak as they find it very hard to chew so I often use premium grade mince for them or turkey or pork mince when making spaghetti, rissoles, tacos etc. Its been a while since I have made a soup as many stocks contain things that arent low fodmap friendly. This soup basically is water and lemon as the stock. Although I did find it really needed to be seasoned and I ended up adding a few things not in the recipe and loved it much more. I even loved it more adding a tablespoon of cream to my bowl making it a creamy lemon chicken soup! Much better, as I can tolerate small doses of lactose 1 tablespoon is fine for those on a low fodmap diet also unless you are completely lactose free then go for the lactose free cream. You can also omit the rice if you want a low carb soup and add other vegies in too. I made half the recipe too as the soup is just for me and I will freeze some for over the weekend or early in the week for meals. But following if the normal amount. I should have used garlic infused olive oil to lightly fry the chicken for extra flavour, ah well next time.
Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup
1kg chicken breast or thigh (if using thigh then make sure you trim as much fat as you can)
2 litres water
1 cup rice (if using brown rice see note)
rind of 2 lemons
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 carrots, grated and chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 Tblsp chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp rice bran or olive oil or even garlic infused oil
salt and pepper to taste
In a large soup pot add oil and brown chicken on all sides, add carrot and celery and cook a further couple of minutes. Add water, lemon zest and juice. Allow to boil and then simmer for 15 minutes then add white rice Add parsley and simmer a further 10-15 minutes, until chicken and rice are cooked through, season to taste and Serve immediately.
*NOTE if using brown add this with the water and lemon as it will need longer to cook.
Brown rice instead of white rice.
freshly chopped chives about 1 tablespoons
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1 Tablespoon of cream (I added this to my bowl at the end) much prefered it with cream.
The soup with no cream:
and with cream: