Chicken and rice soup is the perfect comfort food. It's warm, nutritious, and surprisingly easy to prepare. Whether you're a home cook, a soup lover, or someone focused on healthy eating, this recipe is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. Packed with tender chicken, wholesome rice, and flavorful broth, it's a meal that satisfies both the body and soul.

chicken and rice soup recipe


Before you start, gather the following ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts or Thighs (1 pound): Provides protein and a rich, savory flavor.
  • Long Grain Rice (1 cup): Adds texture and makes the soup hearty.
  • Carrots (2, diced), Celery (2 stalks, diced), and Onion (1, diced): Classic aromatics that build the flavor base.
  • Garlic (2 cloves, minced): Adds depth and aromatic richness.
  • Chicken Broth (8 cups): The backbone of your soup, enhancing all other flavors.
  • Bay Leaf (1) and Thyme (1 teaspoon): Infuse the broth with earthy, herbaceous notes.
  • Olive Oil (2 tablespoons): For sautéing the vegetables.
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.
  • Lemon Juice (1 tablespoon) (optional): Adds a fresh, zesty finish.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Base

  1. Heat Olive Oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Sauté Vegetables: Add carrots, celery, and onion. Sauté until they start to soften, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add Garlic and cook for another minute.

Step 2: Add Broth and Chicken

  1. Pour in Chicken Broth, and bring it to a simmer.
  2. Add Chicken breasts or thighs, bay leaf, and thyme.
  3. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and shred it with two forks.

Step 3: Cook the Rice

  1. Add Rice to the pot and cook until tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Return the Shredded Chicken to the pot.

Step 4: Season and Serve

  1. Season with Salt and Pepper to taste.
  2. Optional: Add lemon juice for a fresh zing.
  3. Remove Bay Leaf before serving.

Tips for Enhancing Flavor and Nutrition

  • Use Homemade Broth for an even richer flavor.
  • Add Extra Vegetables like spinach, kale, or zucchini for more nutrients.
  • Substitute Brown Rice for added fiber and a nutty flavor.
  • Herbs and Spices: Experiment with parsley, dill, or paprika.

Serving Suggestions and Storage Tips

  • Serve Hot with a side of crusty bread or a light salad.
  • Storage: Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Freezing: This soup freezes well. Portion it into freezer-safe containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

Enjoy your homemade chicken and rice soup—a comforting, nutritious meal that's perfect for any season!

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