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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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    140 Responses to “Easy Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe”

    1. Jackie — February 22, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

      There’s no point in questioning it, chicken soup is better than any medication when it comes to achy-fever-cold-flu. Your sister’s family is lucky to have you so close.

    2. Amy I. — February 22, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

      This looks so easy and comforting. I’ve been battling a cold, so it sounds extra appealing. Will definitely keep this recipe in mind! I didn’t have an aunt growing up, but I would have loved to have one like you nearby :)

    3. Liz - Meal Makeover Moms — February 22, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

      Your recipe looks great … perfect for all of our endless cold winter days here in Boston. I love the addition of the fresh thyme. I’ve been making tons of soups lately … this would be a nice addition.

    4. Kerstin — February 23, 2010 @ 9:15 am

      What a comforting soup – I wish I had a big bowl for lunch right now!

    5. amy — November 23, 2010 @ 2:44 am

      what ever kind of soup i like it , cause soup its good for our body cleanser. thank you

    6. Miranda — November 29, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

      I stumbled upon your blog earlier looking for this soup in particular. I used shredded turkey instead, ALMOST finishing the massive amount I had leftover from Thanksgiving, and it was delicious. Reminds me of grandma’s cooking. That is a good thing. Thanks.

    7. Gina Montoya — January 16, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

      Absolutly wonderful. My family is still commenting on this soup.Thanks

      • twopeas replied: — January 16th, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

        Oh good, glad they liked it!

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    9. Kristen — February 1, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

      We had a snow day (well Ice day) down here in TX and this soup was a huge hit for the gang! Thank you for a wonderful lunch recipe – full tummies are resting now.

      • twopeas replied: — February 1st, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

        Glad the soup help keep you warm!

    10. shasta — February 5, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

      Tried this soup for the first time and it was awesome! Didn’t have a bay leaf, but it worked out. The fresh thyme really makes it amazing. I also put a couple dashes of dried basil in… super yummy! Thanks for posting!

      • twopeas replied: — February 5th, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

        You are welcome! Glad you liked the soup!

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    16. Sketchee — November 22, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

      Made this soup today, thanks for the recipe! Super easy to follow and definitely just the soup we were trying to mimic

    17. Jennifer T. — December 18, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

      Yum! I made this for dinner with leftover baked chicken and arborio rice because that’s what I had on hand. Definitely a keeper!

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    19. Iain Sym — February 5, 2012 @ 10:21 am

      Sitting at home in Scotland on a wet damp day, and full of the cold.I need some chicken and rice soup, just like my grannie used to make.Aunt Rita’s soup look’s just like my grannies soup, so am of to the store to get the ingredients.Many thank’s .

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    21. M — February 19, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

      Will you please post the nutrition information for this delicious soup?

    22. Ali — April 1, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

      Awesome soup. The doctor recommended chicken rice soup for an upset stomach. I HATE buying canned anything when I can make my own. I googled for a rice and yours popped up. It worked like a charm. I tweaked it a little; adding Italian Seasoning instead of thyme.

      Thank you for your inspiration.

      Every recipe of yours I have tried I have LOVED.

    23. Ali — April 1, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

      Awesome soup. The doctor recommended chicken rice soup for an upset stomach. I HATE buying canned anything when I can make my own. I googled for a rice and yours popped up. It worked like a charm. I tweaked it a little; adding Italian Seasoning instead of thyme.

      Thank you for your inspiration.

      Every recipe of yours I have tried I have LOVED.

    24. barb Bombardir — April 5, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

      This is a wonderful soup! Now I always add the shredded or chopped chicken at the end just before serving, that way it stays in pieces and doesn’t fall apart. Also, when boiling chicken pieces, if you don’t have any cooked chicken around, use the boiling broth that you make when you boil the chicken!!

    25. Chrislee — April 18, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

      We absolutely loved this recipe! So easy so you can make this on a soccer practice night…just perfect for a busy family.

      Thank you!

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    27. Amanda — May 7, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

      Thanks for your recipe! My husband has been feeling sick, and on the way home from church yesterday he asked me to make some chicken and rice soup to help him feel better. I’ve never made it before, and I found your recipe from a google search. I’m glad I did! He loved it and has been eating it for the past 2 days! It’s definitely a keeper. Thanks so much!

    28. Jill @ Mormon Surrogate — June 18, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

      Awesome, I have made Chicken Noodle Soup for years, but lately wanted to make Chicken and Rice. Yours was the first recipe I came across and I’m sold! In fact it will be done in 8 minutes.

    29. Barbara Trujillo — August 11, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

      Very good recipe. The only thing I did different was use the chicken broth I cooked the chicken in for the soup. I also added a fresh tomato from my garden. Delicious. A little parmesan sprinkled on top–yum.

    30. EHC — August 30, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

      Made this last night and it was a hit!!!! Thank you for this, I will be making it regularly.

    31. Cassandra — September 17, 2012 @ 5:58 am

      I just made this. It was so simple to do. I didn’t have any bay leaves or fresh thyme so I used dried thyme, a pinch of fennel seed, and a pinch of creole seasoning. My broth was part Swanson Flavor Booster part regular broth. I put my leftover chicken and rice in a bowl and then mixed it in with the soup inside the bowl. I am “tasting” a bowl right now. It still needs a couple more minutes but I don’t care, its so good! I think I will make this everytime I have leftover chicken and rice. I’m making the soup early so I don’t have to after work. :)

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    33. Jay — November 15, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

      I looked up a recipe for chicken and rice soup on google, and stumbled across this one. Thank you Google! This was my first attempt at chicken with rice soup, and it was a success. This will be my go to for chicken with rice. Thanks for posting.

    34. ohio mama — November 23, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

      I always make this the day after Thanksgiving w leftover turkey. Never thought of the thyme though, thanks! Oh and I use Jasmine rice for a lil twist in flavor;)

    35. Margaret Szabo — November 29, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

      Was looking for a simple recipe to make for our under the weather family and this was a homerun!

    36. Sue — December 6, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

      Since finding this recipe a few weeks ago, I have made it 5 times.
      It is the best flavoured soup I have ever had, we love it !
      Thank you.


    37. Melissa — December 8, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

      This soup is awesome. I am cooking my second batch right now. Thank you!!

    38. Candace — December 13, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

      I was sitting here what to make for dinner. Now I know. I am however going to use yellow rice and a pinch of hot curry powder – clear the head up a bit.

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    40. Nannette — January 6, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

      Awesome soup! Made a batch last week and am making another one today. Yes, it’s a great comfort food, but if you make it ahead of time, it’s a great quick week-night meal paired with a salad or a great take to work lunch. Who new that homemade could be so simple and delicious! Thank you for this!

      • Two Peas replied: — January 6th, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

        So glad you liked the soup!

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