Chicken and Rice Soup

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  • Chicken and Rice Soup – A comforting and delicious one-pot meal that the whole family will love! Makes the perfect soup recipe for chilly weather!

    Whenever I’m sick or the weather is gloomy, I always crave this homemade chicken and rice soup. It’s such a comforting recipe that has the best flavor. Some of my other favorite comfort soups are chicken pot pie soup, creamy ham & potato soup, turkey noodle soup, vegetable beef soup and broccoli cheddar soup.

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    Chicken wild rice soup

    This chicken and rice soup recipe is a variation of my favorite chicken soup from my cookbook. It’s made in one pot and is so, so delicious! I crave it whenever I’m sick or there’s a rainy day. It’s so comforting and is a meal the whole family loves!

    We love to serve this chicken and rice soup with homemade rolls or a warm piece of french bread or garlic bread. The bread tastes delicious dipped in the soup and really takes the meal over the top. YUM!

    chicken and rice soup recipe

    What kind of rice goes in soup?

    I like to use long grain rice when making chicken rice soup, however you could also use brown or wild rice as well. Sometimes I even use leftover cooked rice and just add it into the soup during the last minute or two of cooking.

    Do you cook rice before adding to soup?

    No, the beauty of this chicken and rice soup recipe is that everything cooks together in one pot! Once your pot of soup begins to boil, you’ll simply add in the rice and cover with a lid. The rice will simmer for awhile and cook all the way through. Not only is this method super easy, but it helps infuse the rice with all the delicious spices from the soup.

    How long does rice take to cook in a soup?

    The cook time will depend on what type of rice you are using in your chicken rice soup. Just use the cook time that’s listed on the rice packaging and adjust accordingly (keep an eye on it so that you don’t overcook!). I’ve found that long grain rice takes about 15 to 20 minutes to cook through, while brown or wild rice takes about 35 to 45 minutes.

    homemade chicken and rice soup

    How to make chicken rice soup

    I love that this chicken rice soup can be whipped up in just one pot. I like to cook it in a dutch oven on the stove, but you can cook it in the crockpot as well (directions below). Scroll down for the printable chicken and rice soup recipe.

    1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add in onions, carrots and celery and cook 3 minutes. Then stir in garlic and cook until onions are translucent.
    2. Next add in broth, water, thyme and salt and pepper.
    3. Bring soup to a boil and then turn heat to medium-low. Add rice and cover with lid. Simmer until rice is almost cooked through, about 10-20 minutes.
    4. Then add chicken, lemon juice and more thyme and S&P to taste. Cook just until rice is tender.
    5. Remove soup from heat. Ladle into bowls and serve while hot.

    Crockpot chicken and rice soup

    You can also make this chicken and rice soup in the slow cooker as well! You’ll want to add the rice the last hour of cooking. You can also precook the rice and then dump it in the soup right before serving. You just don’t want to add the rice at the beginning as it will absorb all the liquid and become mushy.

    crockpot chicken and rice soup

    Quick tips for homemade chicken and rice soup

    • Check the rice packaging that you are using for cook time and adjust cooking time accordingly – you do not want to overcook the rice. If using brown or wild rice, it will take about 35-45 minutes to cook. I would check on it frequently though to make sure you don’t overcook it.
    • If using leftover rice, add in the last minute of cooking and use 1 cup less broth.
    • If you overcook the rice or it sits overnight, it will absorb more liquid. Add another can of broth if needed.
    • If you want to cook the chicken in the soup, you can add in raw chicken that is cut into bite sized cubes when you add the rice.
    chicken and rice soup

    Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

    Course: Soup
    Cuisine: American
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes
    Servings: 5
    Calories: 277
    Author: Jamielyn
    Chicken and Rice Soup - A comforting and delicious one-pot meal that the whole family will love! Makes the perfect soup recipe for chilly weather!

    Ingredients

    • 1-2 Tablespoon olive oil
    • 1/2 cup chopped onion
    • 1 cup sliced carrots
    • 1 cup chopped celery
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 6 cups chicken broth or stock (3 cans, use more if needed)
    • 1 cup water
    • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme (or 3/4 teaspoon ground thyme, more to taste)
    • 3/4 cup long grain rice
    • 2 1/2 cups cooked chicken breast
    • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice , more to taste

    Salt and pepper to taste

      Instructions

      • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery. Cook about 3 minutes and then stir in the garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent. 
      • Add the chicken broth, 1 cup water, thyme, S&P. I usually start with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and taste at the end. 
      • Bring the soup to a boil and then turn the heat to medium-low. Add the rice and cover with a lid. Let simmer for about 10-20 minutes, or until the the rice is almost cooked through. Then add the chicken. Add more lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper to taste. Cook just until the rice is tender. 
      • Remove soup from heat. Serve soup while hot. 

      Notes

      Notes:
      • Check the rice packaging that you are using for cook time and adjust cooking time accordingly, you do not want to overcook the rice. If using brown rice, it will take about 35-45 minutes to cook.
      • If using leftover rice, add in the last minute of cooking and use 1 cup less broth. 
      • If you overcook the rice or it sits overnight, it will absorb more liquid. Add another can of broth if needed.

      Nutrition

      Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 1120mg | Potassium: 594mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 87.6% | Vitamin C: 29.6% | Calcium: 5.8% | Iron: 10.1%
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