Easy Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup-this easy chicken and rice soup is perfect for a cold day and makes a great weeknight meal. 

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

This Easy Chicken and Rice Soup has been on our blog from the very beginning, it is a family favorite recipe and a perfect weeknight meal.

I have learned a lot in eight years and decided it was time to update these soup photos because I keep seeing my chicken soup recipe come up in Google and on Pinterest and I cringe at the old photos. It is time for a refresher because the soup is a winner and deserves to look like soup. I will leave one of the old photos at the bottom of this post so you can see what I am talking about. Go ahead and laugh:)

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

The soup is full of vegetables, chicken, and rice. The fresh thyme adds great flavor too.

This Easy Chicken and Rice Soup is the soup you make when you are sick or when someone else is sick and in need of a warm bowl of comfort. It is the soup you make when you are feeling lazy, but want a hearty, homemade meal. It is the soup you make when your picky kids say they won’t eat dinner, so you make this soup and they eat a big bowl. It is the soup you make when it is cold outside and you need to warm up. It is the BEST soup recipe to have on hand because it is so easy and everyone loves it.

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

To keep it easy, we like to use rotisserie chicken from the store or leftover chicken. If you have leftover turkey from the holidays or a big family meal, you can use turkey instead. It works just as well. You can use wild rice or brown rice, it will just take a little longer to cook. This soup also freezes well, another reason to love it!

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup, it doesn’t get any easier than this folks! Warm up with a bowl today!

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Easy Chicken and Rice Soup

The perfect soup for a cold day or if you have a cold! It also makes a great weeknight meal.
4.69 from 72 votes


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, 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, uncooked
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken, can use rotisserie chicken
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Place a large 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 and 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 25-30 minutes. Serve warm.


*Note-for the shredded chicken you can use rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken and shred it. To cook the chicken for the soup, bring a pot of water on the stove and add two chicken breast, that have been 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. You can also use leftover turkey in this soup recipe. You can use wild rice or brown rice, it will just take a little longer to cook!
If the soup gets too thick, add more chicken broth. 


Calories: 366kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 52mg, Sodium: 1810mg, Potassium: 729mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 5125IU, Vitamin C: 37.5mg, Calcium: 69mg, Iron: 2.3mg
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  1. 4 stars
    Our family has been sick and my husband asked for some chicken and rice soup I made it just the way you suggested and it hit the spot thank you! 

  2. 5 stars
    Best chicken and rice soup ever! Love it. My grandson always wants me to make it for him. So nourishing and comfort food. The thyme adds such a wonderful flavor. Thank you for this recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    I just made this soup and it was really, really good! I followed the recipe but added about 4 extra cloves of garlic, added an extra carrot, only had one chicken breast and only had about 2/3 of the chicken broth on hand. Also used brown rice instead of white. Fantastic!! This would be great with some toasted bread. I separated it into individual, covered glass bowls and froze about 2/3 of it. I plan to make more very soon.

    1. I had the same problem….too much rice. Next time I will use 1/2 cup. I had to add almost 2 quarts of water, so I put much more chopped garlic and bullion cubes and thyme to make up for the lost favor from the added water.

    1. I am trying Jasmine rice, I don’t see an answer to the question from them though. I’ll let you know. It’s probably fine I would guess.

  4. This is my second time I made this chicken soup today and same thing happened as it happened first time.
    First time I made, I added extra 1/4 cup long grain rice thinking enough of liquid and it looked like porridge even though taste was good. I followed recipe this time and same thing happened again( hardly any broth) I don’t know what I did wrong this time, used same long grain rice,25 min cooking. Recipe says chopping onion, carrots but when I saw new photo, it was more like cubed or diced. That might be the reason? Any advice? Thanks.

    1. Did you cover the pot after putting in the chicken and rice? If not, the liquid will evaporate.

  5. Man oh man . .this looks so clean and yummy…I’m currently under the weather but will be making this soup tonight!!! Oh…do you think I could just cut the veggies up and put them in the pot without sauteeding in olive oil??

  6. How much is a serving of this soup? It says there’s 1800 mg of sodium in a serving?! Is this right? If so I wouldn’t touch a teaspoon of an! This can’t be right!

    1. 4 stars
      Many store broths are super high in sodium so I make broth at home our of the veggies that I trim during the week like carrots, onions garlic celery and I buy farm raised chickens and butcher them and use the backs and wingtips to make the broth with the veggies. Add whatever spices and herbs that you like.

    2. I saw that sodium content too. That’s unbelievable!!! If its true, I would use salt free broth and only add salt to taste prior to eating.

    3. 5 stars
      Easy and super delicious! Didn’t add any water, and it turned out perfect. Subbed a wild rice blend for white and dried thyme for sprigs. I cooked the rice beforehand and added it at the end. Cooked the chicken in the slow cooker beforehand and then shredded. Normally my husband doesn’t love broth-based soups, but it was thick enough with the rice and chicken that it was filling and it also had good flavor. Served with slices of toasted sourdough. Yum.

  7. 5 stars
    This is soo good! This is the easiest way to make a lot of chicken soup quickly. Only thing I think 72 oz of liquid (2 Qt +1 cup of water) plus all the ingredients seems like way more than 4 servings! I like my soup with lots of meat and veggies and less liquid so I recommend adding 4-5 carrots and 4-5 celery stalks, a whole onion and 3 cups of chicken and 1 1/2 cups of rice. It makes for at least 4 quarts of soup and around 8 servings.

  8. When I have fresh thyme I always use that but if using dried herbs, I switch it up to tarragon for a flavour change, both delicious.

  9. Whenever I make rice soup, the rice absorbs all the water. How do you keep it “rice soup” and not chicken, veggies, and rice-mush?

    1. Do not cook the rice IN the soup. Cook the rice separately. When ready to serve, place some rice in bottom of each person’s soup bowl and ladle hot broth with the chicken and veggies over top. A little dab of fresh lemon juice wakes it up and garnish with some fresh parsley leaves to make it pretty. If you like the soup to thicken a bit, add a very small amount of rice into the soup (like 1/4 cup) cook rest of rice separately and follow instructions to serve. I do the same with all big bathes of soup that have rice, noodles or pasta. Leaving cooked starch in hot soup will cause starch to absorb nearly all of your good soup.

  10. 4 stars
    So I haven’t read all the comments, and want to make this. I’m surprised that it doesn’t say if the rice should be cooked first or not. Sorry, some people (me) are very novice and need instructions that leave no room for question….and if not cooked, am I supposed to rinse it until the water is clear like the instructions to cook rice?

    1. Yvette, I can relate! Someone posted above a great suggestion and that was to cook the rice separately and then add some rice to the bottom of everyone’s bowl and ladle the soup over it. Same if you are substituting pasta…because the starch will absorb the liquid. Hope this help! I am definitely making this soup. Enjoy and be well!

  11. 5 stars
    I made it last night, and it turned out sooo delicious! I really loved it. Just what I needed when I thought about chicken soup. I froze some of it because I want to have it many more times soon

  12. I used chicken thighs because I like the flavor of the darker meat and nutritionally speaking, for a kid sick, I think its better. You knocked this recipe out of the park.

  13. My favorite soup recipe! I use uncle Bens long grain rice in the microwave pouch, sauté the vegetables, then add all ingredients. So easy. Thank you!

  14. 5 stars
    This came out delicious! I actually added more rice because my family loves rice! Will definitely make again!

  15. 5 stars
    Super easy and delicious. I didn’t have fresh herbs, so used dried. Will definitely make again.

  16. 5 stars
    My go-to chicken soup recipe. So fast, easy, and tasty! I always come back to this recipe when I’m craving. Thank you!

  17. 5 stars
    Delicious and simple recipe ‍
    Followed the recipe by instructions but did need to add another quart of chicken broth. Also added a chicken bouillon cube for extra chicken flavor. Next time I will add extra carrots and celery maybe even tweek it by adding in a half cup of frozen kernel corn.

  18. I made this for my husband and he loved it! But i was wondering if i can put kale in it for extra vitamins since he isn’t feeling well today and i would like to make it for him… and if so do i put it at the end ?

  19. Love this recipe. Have made it many many times. The only change that I make is to use cooked rice, no water (just broth) and fresh herbs. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  20. 5 stars
    Thanks for this easy to prepare soup. I am house bound with the Delta variant and this soup was perfect. Felt like I was giving my body some good nutrition to aid my recovery.

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