Curried Chicken and Rice Soup

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Simple, delicious, and healthy soup to make on any day of the week.

1 bone-in chicken breast (about 1 1/2 pounds), halved

2 medium carrots, sliced diagonally into 2-inch pieces

1 bay leaf

Kosher salt

6 cups low-sodium chicken broth

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 large onion, very thinly sliced

1 teaspoon sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons Madras curry powder

1/3 cup jasmine rice

3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

1 lemon, cut into wedges

Combine the chicken, carrots, bay leaf and a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan. Add 3 cups broth and bring to a boil; immediately reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the chicken is just firm, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the butter in another saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt; cook until the onion is soft, 5 minutes. Add the curry powder and cook for 1 minute. Add the rice and the remaining 3 cups broth. Increase the heat to medium, cover and simmer until the rice falls apart, 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove the chicken from its broth; discard the skin and shred the meat into pieces. Return the shredded chicken to the same broth.

Puree the rice mixture with an immersion blender until smooth (or use a regular blender, then return to the pan). Pour in the shredded chicken and broth, stirring gently to combine; bring to a simmer. Toss in the chopped herbs and serve the soup with lemon wedges.