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


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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Categories: Soup