When you need a delicious, warm bowl of comfort food for dinner, this easy, old-fashioned Chicken and Rice Soup recipe is exactly what your body and soul need.
And did I mention that it comes together in a single soup pot?
Hot rice soup, whether enjoyed on a cold day or by someone feeling under the weather, is something everyone can appreciate. And this chicken and rice soup takes nothing more than a few simple and fresh ingredients you probably have around in your pantry and fridge.
In 30 minutes; you can be hugging a warm bowl brimming with chicken, veggies, and rice!
Chicken and Rice Soup Ingredients
Unlike the chicken soup our moms and grandmothers made, which involved cooking the chicken and making your own stock, this recipe cuts out all those extra steps with the help of a rotisserie chicken. However, if you’d like, you can make homemade chicken broth as the base for this recipe.
Rotisserie chickens are one of my favorite purchases at the grocery store, they’re inexpensive and the meat is always tender. If I don’t feel like baking a big batch of chicken for dinner in my weekly meal plan, I usually grab one or two to use in salads and wraps for lunches or main dishes like Burrito Bowls, tacos, pasta, and soups.
Here’s what you need for this recipe:
- Shredded chicken
- Yellow onion
- Chopped carrots
- Chopped Celery
- Bay leaf
- Chicken stock
- Salt & pepper
Can I add more veggies to this Chicken and Rice Soup?
This recipe is versatile so that you can add or subtract veggies as you like. Great options for veggies include:
- green peas
- chopped spinach
- green beans
- extra herbs– thyme, rosemary, and oregano are perfect
How to Make Chicken and Rice Soup
Got your veggies and your chicken? Perfect, you’ll have an epic bowl of warm and delicious chicken and rice soup in no time! Watch how it’s done in this quick recipe video, then grab the step-by-step instructions below.
Chop your veggies and shred your chicken. If you are making this as part of my weekly meal plan, you probably prepped this ahead of time on a previous night to save time. If not, you can chop and shred now to get ready to make this epic soup.
- Add Heat
In your soup pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add your chopped vegetables and cook until soft.
- Add the Liquid
Pour in the chicken stock and water and bring to a boil.
- Final Steps
Add the rice and chicken, stir and cook until rice is tender.
Before you dig in, don’t forget the popovers! What’s a hot bowl of soup without a light popover that melts in your mouth to soak up the broth? They sound fancy but you make the batter in a bowl and a muffin tin does the rest!
Do You Cook Rice Before Adding it to Soup?
The recipe below includes instructions that cook the rice in the soup pot after the soup has been brought down from a boil. This method allows the rice to absorb not just water, but the soup broth which elevates the flavor of the rice.
If you have leftover rice from another meal, you can add cooked rice to the soup as well. Instead of allowing the rice to cook over 20-30 minutes in the soup broth, you would add the cook rice to the soup just before you’re ready to serve it. Allowing it just a few minutes to warm up the rice, but not so much time that the rice gets mushy or overcooked.
Best Rice for Chicken and Rice Soup
In this recipe, I’ve used simple white rice, because it’s what I have on hand in my pantry most often. If you prefer you can use brown rice, wild rice, or any other variety of rice with this soup recipe.
If you do swap out white rice for another type such as brown rice, be sure to adjust the amount of time the rice has to cook in the broth accordingly, as brown rice has a longer cooking time than white rice. If you’re using minute rice, you’d also add that at the very end of the cook time, so that you don’t overcook your rice.
Make This Chicken and Rice Soup in the Slow Cooker
How to Freeze Soup
Leftovers are very easy to freeze. I like to divide them into 1 cup measurements and freeze them in a freezer bag. To enjoy a warm bowl of delicious chicken soup, simply thaw out, heat, and eat!
More Chicken Soup Recipes
Now, if you love quick and easy soups, here are a few more healthy and delicious recipes you’ll definitely want to try:
What are some of your favorite soups to make in the winter?Print
Old Fashioned Chicken and Rice Soup
This old fashioned chicken and rice soup is pure comfort food and a simple meal made on the stove-top!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stove-top
- Cuisine: Soup
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- ½ cup chopped celery
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme or poultry seasoning
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 32-ounce containers chicken stock
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup white rice
- 2 cups shredded cooked chicken, from a rotisserie chicken
- salt & pepper to taste
- In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme, and bay leaf. Cook and stir until the veggies are soft, about 5 minutes.
- Add the chicken stock and water. Bring to a boil. Add the rice and chicken meat, stir and cook over medium-low heat until the rice is tender, about 25 to 30 minutes
- Serving Size: 1 bowl
- Calories: 358
- Sugar: 3
- Sodium: 1444mg
- Fat: 6g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Carbohydrates: 46g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 28g
- Cholesterol: 50mg
Keywords: chicken soup