Easy Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

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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.
4.68 from 64 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Total Time
35 minutes


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Cook on medium-low until the rice is tender, about 25-30 minutes. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

*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. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken and Rice Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 1810mg75%
Potassium 729mg21%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 5125IU103%
Vitamin C 37.5mg45%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Easy Chicken and Rice Soup is a great quick and easy dinner recipe! A great way to use rotisserie chicken for an easy weeknight meal! #chicken #soup #dinner

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I made this soup and it was delicious.  I used a wild and brown rice blend, and I’ve had a bumper crop of lemons, so I added lemon juice and then also threw in some lemongrass.  It was delightful.  I’m making it again today!  

  2. 2 stars
    The soup was so watery and not much flavor. I fixed it by adding additional rice and seasonings. While one cup of rice was not enough, 2 cups was too many.

  3. 5 stars
    The recipe looked to me like it was going to be too watery for my preference, so I doubled the celery and carrot. Really tasty soup – especially second day!

  4. 5 stars
    Hi just made YOUR soup. Smells really delicious!! Can’t wait for the rice to finish cooking to taste it ! Ohh An day thanks for sharing 

  5. Some of the photos I see look like there are diced potatoes in the soup. Does anyone else see that? Regardless, that’s not a bad thing. All in all, I’m going to make this based on how good these photos look. Good on you two peas!

  6. Your soup sounds delicious and nutritious. However, I went through all the postings (comets and replies) and are amazed how no one is asking you about calorie count.
    Would you please kindly let me know how many calories per cup your soup have. Thanks.

  7. 4 stars
    Been craving some homemade ckn soup, had leftover ckn. Added just about everything I cld including biscuit dough on top. Home sick, decided to treat myself. My home smells sooo good even w this stuffed nose.

  8. 4 stars
    Great simple recipe!! Although, just cook the rice already and add with the chicken so you don’t have to wait an extra 25 mins!

  9. 5 stars
    This soup rocks. I have made several times and it is my go to comfort soup when it’s cold. I freeze small serving sizes to take to work for lunch. Thank you!

  10. 5 stars
    This is the best chicken & rice soup I have ever made. I get so many compliments and was even asked to go to a friend’s house and make it for her. It is my go to for whenever I want soup!

  11. This soup is so easy, and my whole family loved it! The fresh thyme really puts the flavor over the edge. Also, after finding out that I had multiple food sensitivities…I was excited that everyone in our family could eat this! Win win!

  12. 5 stars
    Made this soup tonight. It’s a keeper and will be my go to chicken and rice. I used 1 teaspoon of dried thyme as a substitute and added a sprinkle of dried parsley for color. It was so good!!

    1. I saw questions in comments from others, but no replies. Are they not answered or just not visible to everyone? Would help others.

  13. 5 stars
    My sister in law started chemo for breast cancer and I took kher individual meals to freeze.  This is one of the recipes I cooked.  The only things  I did differently was a turkey breast instead of chicken.  She loved it!

  14. Here’s another thing you can add: A pinch of Spanish Saffron threads, maybe 6 total. It lends a lovely fragrance, taste, and color to the soup and pairs well with the rice. I also add parsley to my soup as well as celery tops (Most celery today only has a few remaining leaves or a few in the hearts. I chop them up and keep adding to a bag in the freezer after I’ve pre-frozen them so they won’t be one big clump).

  15. 5 stars
    Just made it for the first time. So simple so easy, so tasty.
    My only quibble. Go easy on the rice, have an extra 500ml of stock on hand. Loved it and thank you.

  16. 2 stars
    This soup would be much better if you make the rice separately and then add it at the end. Cooking it with the broth and vegetables makes all the broth adsorbed in the rice, making it nearly brothless. The soup became more of a mush instead of a stocked based soup which I was hoping for while suffering a cold.

    1. I felt the same after my first pot, especially using brown rice. On the next pot, I cut back on the rice to 3/4 cup. If nothing else, just add another cup of water and increase your seasoning if it’s too watered down.

  17. 5 stars
    I made your soup as it was real easy compared to other chicken soup recipes. I used rotisserie chicken to make it easy on me because I am sick and pushed myself to make this soup because I didn’t want to bother, but know having something homemade is going to do the trick rather than go have canned soup. Since it was soo easy it took less than a 1/2 hour to prepare. Now it’s in the pot cooking. I can’t wait to eat it as it smells really good. Thank you for not using ingredients that are hard to find as that is another reason I get deterred and long and complicated. But not this one. This will be something I will make often due to it being so easy and fast to make.

  18. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe! As my best friend, okay my ex-wife, says about every recipe… “Make it your own.” I love leafy greens so I added organic kale and 1/2 tsp of cayenne. I’ve made this three of the last four weeks and cannot get enough of it. My next venture is to make my own chicken stock.

  19. 5 stars
    Home with pneumonia.  So, so sick.  Needed nourishment and all I wanted was chicken and rice soup…not canned but homemade.  Google brought me to you. Read your recipe plus some of the comments.  My version was bone in chicken breasts, then cooked the rice in the chicken breast water…no fat because their was no skin.  Cooked everything else as suggested, but added lots of  garlic. Oh YUMMMM!  I was so sick, took me 4 HOURS to cook chicken, wash, chop vegetables, then throw in the pot. The broth was as good as the  soup.  YUMMMMM, thank you! Just what this sick gal needed!

  20. 5 stars
    I cooked this tonight following the recipe and it was amazing. Anytime I want soup I come to your page. Thanks so much for posting awesome soup. I wasn’t feeling well and this is perfect comfort food.

  21. This was the first website on Google, so I clicked on it…

    I have never posted a negative comment before, but this website is WAY too busy. All I wanted was the recipe, and it took so long to get it I gave up.

    A lot of ads too.

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