Chicken Rice Soup

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This easy Chicken Rice Soup recipe is a healthy soup that’s perfect for chilly days! It’s loaded with vegetables and brown rice, simmered in chicken broth and finished with a touch of creaminess.

This is one of our favorite homemade Chicken and Rice Soup recipes and has unbelievable flavor and is easy to meal prep and make ahead for a busy week!

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I am a big time soup lover, and I love it all!

Minestrone SoupStuffed Pepper SoupItalian Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup or a simple Roasted Tomato Soup — they are all favorites around our place!

The problem is, it’s pretty rare that I can find a soup that my kids will enjoy. But something hearty and creamy and loaded with chicken and rice like this one? It always goes down easy! Especially if you have 30 Minute Dinner Rolls or a chunk of crusty bread for dipping ;)

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How Do You Make Chicken Soup With Rice From Scratch?

How do you make healthy chicken rice soup from scratch you wonder? This creamy Chicken and Rice Soup is so easy to make. Just stir together, cover, and simmer until the vegetables and the rice are tender. While I love chicken wild rice soup too, I like to use brown rice in this easy chicken and rice soup recipe. Brown rice packs a bit more fiber than white, and it’s not quite as labor intensive as wild rice. I think it’s the best of both worlds!

Can I Freeze Chicken Rice Soup?

Homemade Chicken Rice Soup freezes perfectly if you follow a few important steps.

Low fat milk does not freeze well and will separate. Regular evaporated milk would fare better over low fat or skim evaporated milk in this creamy chicken rice soup recipe. If you know you plan to freeze, for an even better result, I recommend using whole milk or even cream as the higher fat content does better when frozen and thawed.

Cool to room temperature, then place in a large freezer bag, seal completely, and lay flat to freeze in a thin layer. This will help the soup to thaw quickly when you need it for dinner!

To thaw, you can submerge the bag in lukewarm water until thawed, then reheat to desired temperature in the microwave or on the stovetop.

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Can I Use Leftover Cooked Chicken?

You can definitely use leftover cooked chicken in this chicken soup recipe. Simply swap it for the fresh chicken breasts and away you go!

Can I Use Leftover Cooked Rice?

You can also use leftover cooked rice to make chicken rice soup if you’re looking to clean out the fridge.

You will simply continue with the recipe as written but leave out the rice. Then, at the end when you are thickening the soup, stir in your precooked rice and it will be warmed through in no time.

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Chicken Rice Soup

PREP TIME 15 minutes
COOK TIME 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME 45 minutes
SERVINGS 6 servings
AUTHOR Ashley Fehr
COURSE Soup
CUISINE American
This Chicken Rice Soup is an easy, healthy soup recipe that's perfect for chilly days! It's loaded with vegetables and brown rice, simmered in chicken broth and finished with a touch of creaminess. 

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion minced
  • 3 large carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup evaporated milk

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Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots and celery and cook and stir for 3-4 minutes, until onion begins to turn golden.
  2. Add garlic, parsley and thyme and cook 1 minute.
  3. Add salt and pepper, broth, chicken. Add rice. Stir and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

  4. Reduce heat to medium-low (a simmer), cover, and cook for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, or until vegetables and rice are tender.
  5. Remove chicken from pot and shred. Add back to the pot with evaporated milk.
  6. Serve.

NUTRITION INFORMATION
 Calories: 332, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 607mg, Potassium: 803mg, Carbohydrates: 35g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Protein: 25g, Vitamin A: 105%, Vitamin C: 6.3%, Calcium: 15%, Iron: 8.8%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

KEYWORD chicken soup, soup recipe
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