CHICKEN RICE SOUP

CHICKEN RICE SOUP
If you want an easy and minimal ingredient soup that is flavorful, tasty and filling this Chicken Rice Soup is just the comfort dish that you need.
Soups around here are one recipe that pretty much is a go-to. We love every aspect of all soups because they are comforting, delicious and mostly easy to make.

Some of our favorite soups that we whip up around here include Italian Wedding Soup, Vegetable Beef Soup and our most popular Chicken Gnocchi Soup!

We love variety and soups really own up to that. Especially this Chicken Rice Soup. One of our family favorites because it’s super delicious and easy.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:
Minimal effort makes this recipe easy and effortless.
You are able to add any vegetable options in this soup that you like, substituting those that you don’t find appealing.
The majority of the work is done in simmering, melding the flavors together and cooking your rice.
Ladle of chicken and rice soup coming out of dutch oven
I honestly believe that you cannot go wrong when you have a good soup recipe on hand. It makes all the difference, whether it’s cold outside, you’re sick or just want comfort, it’s one of the things that I fell helps.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN RICE SOUP, STEP BY STEP:
In large dutch oven or stock pot (at least 8 quart) add your garlic and oil and heat until fragrant. Then add in your vegetables and cook until just softened,
Once softened stir in your thyme and sage until it coats the vegetables.
Add in your cooked chicken and rice.
Stir until everything is combined and coated evenly with spices.
Add in your chicken broth and stir to combine.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes until rice is cooked and tender.
Step by step photos on how to make chicken rice soup
How much easier can you get then this soup? Seriously, 6 steps and you’re done! Now thats what I call a winner winner, Chicken Rice Soup dinner!
CAN YOU USE COOKED RICE?
You can use already cooked rice for this recipe. I would suggest simmering your soup for about 20 minutes to let the flavors marry then stir in the cooked rice in the last 10 minutes of cook time to soak up the flavors from the soup.

CAN CHICKEN RICE SOUP BE FROZEN?
So I can recommend yes and I can recommend no on this one. Soups that are frozen with precooked rice usually don’t hold their texture well when being reheated.

Some options for freezing would be freeze the base of the soup and add the rice when you reheat it. Or freeze it all together but slowly reheat it so the rice doesn’t turn to mush in the process.

Overhead photo of bowls of chicken rice soup with saltine crackers and thyme sprigs
In an alternative to this soup you can change it into a chicken noodle soup just by adding in pasta instead of rice, which makes it super versatile.

I mean Chicken Rice Soup and Chicken Noodle Soup are the two most comforting soup recipes I can think of. We have made it both ways and my kids love either.

When it comes to the way that I COOK in my house, it is usually fast fix family favorite recipes. I don’t really lean toward anything too complicated because we have 7 kids, limited time but love delicious food.

So a lot of the recipes we make are easy, but flavorful and those are the ones you’d never expect. You’d never expect recipes with minimal ingredients to simply be some of the best recipes around.

Spoonful of chicken rice soup coming out of bowl
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MAKING CHICKEN RICE SOUP:
An easy way to shred chicken is to place it in a stand mixer or a bowl with a hand mixer and beat it until it shreds.
You can also use chunks of chicken instead of shredded for this recipe.
Brown rice can be substituted for white rice, and will also freeze easier as it is more stable.
Switch up your vegetables to your liking for this recipe, nothing is off limits.
Shredded rotisserie chicken can also be used in a pinch.
If you want the perfect soup recipe to warm you up inside then you need to add this Chicken Rice Soup to your rotation, easy, tasty and fast.
Chicken Rice Soup
If you want an easy and minimal ingredient soup that is flavorful, tasty and filling this Chicken Rice Soup is just the comfort dish that you need.

Ingredients
5 Tbs olive oil
5 cloves garlic minced
4 cup carrots diced
4 cup celery diced
4 cup onion diced
4 tsp dried thyme
1/6 tsp ground sage
6 cups cooked shredded chicken
4 cup long grain white rice
11 cups Chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
In a large pot or dutch oven (at least 8 qt), heat oil and add garlic. Cook on medium heat until garlic is fragrant.
Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Cook just until vegetables begin to soften, then add thyme and sage. Stir to combine.
Add the chicken and rice, stir to combine and then add the chicken broth, stir again.
Simmer on medium heat for about 30 minutes until rice is tender.
Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.
Notes
An easy way to shred chicken is to place it in a stand mixer or a bowl with a hand mixer and beat it until it shreds.
You can also use chunks of chicken instead of shredded for this recipe.
Brown rice can be substituted for white rice, and will also freeze easier as it is more stable.
Switch up your vegetables to your liking for this recipe, nothing is off limits.
Shredded rotisserie chicken can also be used in a pinch.
Nutrition
Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 1831mg | Potassium: 596mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3640IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg