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Easy Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

Most of my family lives in Illinois where I grew up, but my sister and her family live here in Utah. I am lucky I get to see my niece and nephew on a regular basis.  They have been dealing with some health issues/sickness, so “Aunt Ria” came to the rescue.

I made them a big pot of chicken rice soup. Soup is supposed to make everything better, right? Plus, I knew my niece would love this soup, chicken is her favorite. The soup is full of vegetables, chicken, and rice. The fresh thyme adds great flavor too. I made a big batch so they could freeze some soup for a rainy day.

My sister’s family really enjoyed the soup…and so did Josh-I saved him a bowl:)  If you are feeling under the weather or know someone who is, make this soup. It will help soothe the soul.  Oh, and I also made them a batch of Oreo Brownies-of course they were a hit too:) Happy weekend everyone!

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2 celery ribs, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 quarts chicken stock or broth (we use low sodium)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Directions:

    Place a soup pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaf. Cook and stir for about 6 minutes, until the vegetables are softened but not browned. Pour in the chicken broth and water- bring the liquid to a boil. Add in the rice and chicken; season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium-low until the rice is tender-about 30 minutes. Serve hot.

    *Note-for the shredded chicken I used 2 large chicken breasts. I boiled a pot of water on the stove and added in the chicken-which I cut into large pieces. Boil the chicken until it is cooked all the way through and there is no pink left. This will take about 7 minutes or so. Drain the water and shred the chicken once it is cooled. I use 2 forks to shred the chicken. *

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    Italian Chicken and Escarole Soup from Food Blogga
    Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup from My Kitchen Cafe

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    139 Responses to “Easy Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe”

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    1. sugarlens — February 19, 2010 @ 5:00 am

      Soup looks goooood, Aunt Ria! 😉 I have to say that chicken and rice soup is probably one of my favorites too, especially in the winter.

    2. Teanna — February 19, 2010 @ 5:25 am

      Mmm… I always want to make homemade chicken soup and never do. Usually because when I crave it, I have a cold and don’t want to do the work! But I am never satisfied with the canned stuff! I should make this and freeze it for a rainy day!

    3. bellini valli — February 19, 2010 @ 5:40 am

      Chicken soup is good for the soul, but I don’t think I’ll wait to be under the weather before I have a huge bowl of deliciousness.

    4. Estela @ Weekly Bite — February 19, 2010 @ 5:49 am

      Chicken soup is my go to meal when I’m sick! It’s the perfect “get well soon” meal. And who wouldn’t like Oreo Brownies!! Those can put a smile on anyones face :)

    5. Erica — February 19, 2010 @ 6:24 am

      Aunt Ria? How adorable is that? I love it! Such a great sister you are to bring this fabulous soup to them. Way better than ANYTHING that comes in a can.

      What are you up to this weekend? Josh is coming home from a work trip tonight and I CANNOT wait. Teaching tonight and tomorrow, tomorrow night we’re having friends over for a mini party, Sunday brunch with my mama to celebrate her birthday! <3 ya! Hope you're feeling and doing well.

    6. Michelle N — February 19, 2010 @ 7:03 am

      How sweet! Chicken and rice is my favorite soup, looks delicious.

    7. kat — February 19, 2010 @ 7:26 am

      In my opinion fresh thyme add so much to chicken soup, its like a secret ingredient

    8. Barabara Bakes — February 19, 2010 @ 8:13 am

      I’ve been wanting to post a chicken soup recipe too, but my pictures weren’t good. Yours is great!

    9. Kristin — February 19, 2010 @ 8:23 am

      Looks delicious!

    10. Rosa — February 19, 2010 @ 8:26 am

      A light and fulfilling soup!



    11. dawn — February 19, 2010 @ 8:31 am

      please bring some over! i’m sick, so that warrants priority right? lol

    12. carrian — February 19, 2010 @ 8:57 am

      looks delicious!

    13. Cookin' Canuck — February 19, 2010 @ 9:02 am

      This looks so hearty and warming, Maria. I’m sure your sister and her family really appreciate some home cooking from you!

    14. Sara — February 19, 2010 @ 9:28 am

      Mmm, yum! This looks so warm and comforting. It’s supposed to be cold here this weekend, this would be a perfect dinner!

    15. stephchows — February 19, 2010 @ 10:20 am

      soup heals all :)

    16. Mary — February 19, 2010 @ 10:38 am

      I’m sure this lovely soup really hit the spot and the crew is on the road to recovery. Have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

    17. Poonam — February 19, 2010 @ 10:57 am

      Soup looks fabulous! Hope the kids felt better…

    18. Dandy — February 19, 2010 @ 11:42 am

      This is exactly the type of recipe I need to help me in the adventure of learning to cook. It’s my goal this year. Thank you!

    19. Terri — February 19, 2010 @ 12:12 pm

      Sounds delicious! But couldn’t you use the water from cooking the breasts as a substitute for some of the chicken broth?

    20. Joanne — February 19, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

      You are such an awesome aunt! I’m pretty sure this soup would make anyone feel better. And an oreo brownie certainly wouldn’t hurt!

    21. marla {family fresh cooking} — February 19, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

      Can you bring some over, pretty please? The addition of Thyme gives this soup somethin’ special :) I bet you are the best “Aunt Ria!”

    22. Meghan — February 19, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

      Mmm few things are better than a hot bowl of chicken soup! You are very sweet to make soup and brownies for your sister and her family :)

    23. Bonnie Barker — February 19, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

      I’d ALMOST try to get sick, if I thought I could get some of that soup. It looks wonderful.

    24. Bonnie Barker — February 19, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

      That soup looks so good, it ALMOST makes me want to be slightly sick if I could get some.

    25. grace — February 19, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

      chicken noodle soup? i know it and i love it. chicken rice soup? we haven’t met, but i think we would be fast friends. :)

    26. Kelly @ EvilShenanigans — February 19, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

      Sounds perfectly comforting! Yum!

    27. Elle — February 19, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

      My favorite! I love chicken and rice soup–and it is so, so good for you. Looks wonderful!

    28. Bridgett — February 19, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

      Your family is lucky to have you around when they get sick. This gorgeous soup would make anyone feel so much better. Enjoy your weekend!

    29. Tracey — February 19, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

      This looks wonderful Maria! I really need to make soup more often and chicken & rice is one of my favorites.

    30. teresa — February 19, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

      mmmm, that’s a big bowl of healing right there! delicious!

    31. Julie — February 19, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

      What a wonderful looking soup! Yum :)

    32. Cristie — February 19, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

      My kids grew up with chicken and rice soup when ever they were sick, body or soul. Your soup looks beautiful and the recipe sounds delicious!

    33. Natashya — February 20, 2010 @ 7:25 am

      Yum, is there anything more comforting than chicken soup? :)

    34. Katie — February 20, 2010 @ 11:59 am

      I love Chicken and Rice! It reminds me of going to my Grandma’s house after school, and she’d make this for me as an afterschool snack. Total comfort food.

    35. Amanda — February 20, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

      Hi Maria! oup looks wonderful! I’m sorry I haven’t been here in a while :( I had you on my blogroll before you moved to WP, and then I hadn’t updated it, and with all these dreaded hours I work… blah blah blah 😛 Anyway, I have corrected my blog roll so you should see me more often :)

    36. leslie — February 20, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

      I could use a big bowl of this for my sick house!

    37. Manggy — February 21, 2010 @ 9:15 am

      This awesome soup AND oreo brownies? I’ll be surprised if they didn’t jump out of bed and gobble everything down as if nothing was wrong!! You’re awesome, Aunt Ria 😉

    38. Jan — February 21, 2010 @ 10:37 am

      I’m loving this soup recipe! Looks fantastic.

    39. Michelle — February 21, 2010 @ 5:26 pm

      Love… Chicken Rice Soup and it’s one of my fallback recipes when I don’t feel like cooking. Turkey Rice is another fav!

    40. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — February 22, 2010 @ 10:57 am

      Looks like a hearty and warming soup… I don’t make chicken soup often enough. Thanks for the reminder. :)

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