Sunkist Lemon Chicken Rice Soup ~ Recipe & Sunkist® S’alternative Sodium Quiz

Sunkist Lemon Chicken Rice Soup ~ Recipe & Sunkist® S’alternative Sodium Quiz

This post brought to you by Sunkist S’alternative. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you know how much sodium you are consuming on a daily basis? I sure do not keep tab although I should as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams per day for adults in good health – and that is about the amount of sodium in one teaspoon of table salt..

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I recently was invited to take the Sunkist Sodium Quiz on Facebook to find out where I fell on the sodium scale and was a little surprised to find out I was a Serial Salt Offender.  In the process though, I did learned about  Sunkist S’alternative, an all natural way to flavor food, boost potassium intake and cut down on sodium using Sunkist® lemons as an alternative to salt.

So in my new health initiative to be a little more conscious about the dangers of sodium {listed below}, I’d like to share a recipe today for Sunkist Lemon Chicken Rice Soup. There is no additional salt needed in this Sunkist S’alternative™ recipe, as lovely lemons are used to take it’s place.

Lemon Chicken Rice Soup

Ingredients Needed:

8 Cups of Low-Sodium Chicken Broth, divided

1/2 Cup Freshly Squeezed Sunkist® Lemon Juice

1 Cup of Fresh Carrots, chopped

1 Cup of Onions, chopped

1/2 Cup of Fresh Celery, chopped

2 Cloves of Garlic, finely chopped

2 Cups of Water

2 Cups of Unsalted Cooked Rice, (brown, white or wild)

2 Boneless Chicken Breasts, Cooked and Cut

1/2 Teaspoon of Freshly Ground Black Pepper

In a large soup pot, combine 4 cups of the chicken broth with the freshly squeezed lemon juice and bring to a simmer over medium high heat. {I had my little assistant help with the Sunkist® Lemons

Add in the carrots, onion, celery, garlic and pepper and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add in the remaining chicken broth, water, rice and chicken. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the chicken and rice are well heated. {I boiled my chicken breasts ahead of time, however, baked or rotisserie chicken can be used as well – my rice was prepared in a rice cooker}

You can definitely taste the hint of lemon, however, honestly I did not miss the salt at all. Sunkist does state as you reduce your sodium intake, your taste buds will automatically adjust over time, allowing you to enjoy the true flavors of food that salt often masks. Just from tasting the soap I truly believe that!

Excessive sodium intake has been linked to serious health conditions including High Blood Pressure, Cancer, and Osteoporosis. Medical experts recommend reducing sodium intake and boosting potassium intake in order to promote optimum health. I was actually excited to learn using Sunkist lemons as a S’alternative is an easy and delicious way to do both!


So are you ready to see where you fall on the sodium scale? You can take the Sunkist Sodium Quiz to discover your sodium style right on facebook. In addition to being fun, the quiz will help you learn new tips on how to use Sunkist® lemons as a healthy sodium-free alternative to salt.

I just hope your not a Serial Salt Offender like me – oh the shame.

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  1. That looks delicious! I’ve never heard of this S’alternative before . . .

  2. Oh yum this looks SO good!

  3. This really interests me for 2 reasons: Dh has high blood pressure, and I keep getting low potassium!

  4. Yum -this soup recipe sounds so good -I’m going to be making this week -Your photos are gorgeous-esp wih your little helper:-)

  5. The soup sounds good… but you mention tasting the soap… I think you might want to go back & change that typo.. lol.

    If a person doesnt eat foods that have been manufactured by man (any canned, boxed, or processed foods) then chances are good they dont get enough or just enough salt.

    Dont forget.. you MUST have salt in your diet to survive…

  6. Your pictures are so pretty, I felt I could pick up a spoon and taste your soup! And it looked good enough to do just that. Now I wish I had bought that vintage juicer! Thanks for sharing that recipe can’t wait to try it.

  7. The addition of lemon brightens up the soup. It’s a nice change from traditional chicken noodle.


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