Mediterranean Chicken and Lemon Soup

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 4 servings


Exceptional and creamy Mediterranean Chicken and Lemon Soup is made piquant with lemon juice and a garnish of fresh basil.


  • 2 cans (14.5 fl. oz. each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 small carrot, sliced
  • 2 cups (6 oz.) cooked, cubed chicken breast meat
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper strips
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Fat Free Milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


BOIL broth in medium saucepan. Add rice and carrot; cook until carrot is tender. Stir in chicken, bell pepper, lemon juice and garlic.

COMBINE 1 tablespoon evaporated milk and cornstarch in small bowl; stir into soup. Gradually stir in remaining evaporated milk. Bring to just a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in basil before serving.

I love this version

by J. Jo , Jesup, GA on Feb. 2010

I have looked for an easy version of this recipe since I had a sample at a grocery store. Finally, I found it in this recipe! I cut down a bit on the lemon juice and it was absolutely wonderful. This one goes in my favorites category.


by N. Nicole , Cutler Bay, FL on Mar. 2009

This soup was great and easy, even the picky 5 yr old ate it. I added asparagus tips to put some "green" in it. They were a great sensation!!

A Good Summer Soup

by N. NANCY , Yorba Linda, CA on Jul. 2008

After reading some reviews, I cut down on lemon juice to just 2 tablespoon and added very chopped up pieces of celery to the soup. It turned out to be a refreshing soup for the long, hot summer in southern California. I served it with sweet bread rolls.

loved it

by J. Joyce , PRESQUE ISLE, ME on Mar. 2007

I took it to a bible study and everyone loved it, some even asked to take some home! Very yummy. I used dried basil, followed the conversion-1 tablespoon of fresh for 1 tsp of dried, and it was great!

quick and easy

by c. colleen , brooklyn park, MN on Feb. 2007

I made this soup for supper last night..I could not get over how quick and easy it was to prepare and eveyone loved it!

Top notch

by E. Evonne , Fraser, MI on Oct. 2006

My family really enjoyed the soup. I don't see any down falls. It is healthy, easy, and good.

Refreshing Greek Style Chicken Rice Soup

by R. Ramona , CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI on Apr. 2006

My family loves this soup! It is very similar to the 'avogolemono' soups served in our Southeast Michigan area Greektown restauraunts. I serve it cold in summertime with a thin slice of lemon on top. It is delicious and tummy-warming in the winter served hot. My family (mostly teenagers and their friends) love when I make it. My oldest daughter who's away finishing college just asked for the recipe since her fiance likes it so much, too! My thanks to you, VeryBestBaking for another great recipe.

Mediterranean Chicken and Lemon Soup

by M. Mary , CAPE CORAL, FL on Jan. 2006

The thing I liked best about this soup is it is so nutrional and is really delicious. The thing I didn't like about it was too much lemon flavoring in the soup but that is easily corrected by just cutting back. I find a 1/4 cup to be perfect, but it is a matter of individual taste. This is pretty similar to Greek Lemon Soup. For something different I added some chopped brocolli florets to the soup. My husband likes it so it's a winner in our household.

Chicken and Lemon Soup

by N. Nancy , Newtown Square, PA on Jan. 2006

This soup was good. I thought it had a bit too much lemon but my husband thought it was o.k. I served it with a warm Italian bread. One of the best things was that although there was a lot to prepare, it didn't take long from start to finish for a filling soup.

Lemony chicken soup

by M. Marion , SAN ANTONIO, TX on Jan. 2006

This is a great soup to make with leftovers (chicken and rice) and pantry/fridge staples. I just rinsed off the sauce from leftover chicken and cut it up. If you don't like a strong lemon flavor, you might try halving the lemon juice at first and adding more to taste. My husband and I really liked the soup, maybe my kids will be bold enough to try it next time.