Mom’s Chicken and Rice Soup

There's nothing better than diving into a big, cozy bowl of mom's chicken rice soup, right? It's the kind of meal that wraps you in warmth from the inside out, perfect for those days when you just need a little comfort food. Whether you're trying to feed a hungry family or just want something soothing, this soup is for you. Simple to prepare and full of genuine goodness, it is a classic that never fails to satisfy. So, grab the spoon and let's get ready to stir up some coziness that will make your kitchen the heartwarming center of your home.

A big bowl of chicken and rice soup is always delicious with a generous slice of bread for dipping – or garlic bread – and a fresh salad for added veggies.

Because you will love this recipe

  • Easy to prepare and perfect for cooks of all levels.
  • Easily adaptable with different ingredients to suit your tastes or dietary needs.
  • Adjust the thickness to your liking by simply changing the amount of broth.
  • The combination of chicken, rice and vegetables is hearty and satisfying.

Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

This soup combines tender, flavorful pieces of chicken with soft, comforting grains of rice, creating a delicious texture in every spoonful. The broth, rich and aromatic with a mixture of aromatic herbs, envelops the sweetness of the carrots and the light crunchiness of the celery. It's a symphony of flavors and textures, perfectly balanced and deeply satisfying.

Rice options for chicken and rice soup

You can really use any rice you like in this soup. Brown rice takes longer to cook than white rice. If you're going to use brown rice, make sure you taste test it before you call it done. With longer cooking times, if the rice absorbs too much liquid for your liking, simply add more chicken stock.

brown rice it will have to cook for about 50-60 minutes.

Wild rice it will have to cook for about 40-45 minutes.

Chicken options

This recipe uses mostly boneless, skinless chicken breasts. However, it is flexible enough to accommodate various types of chicken with slight modifications:

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs:

  • They require a longer cooking time of 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Adjust when you add the rice to accommodate the extended cooking time, making them ideal for brown or wild rice due to the longer cooking times.

Leftover chicken, rotisserie or pre-cooked:

  • Skip the initial cooking phase of the chicken and start by browning the vegetables.
  • Add the pre-cooked chicken during the last 5 minutes of boiling, making sure it is heated through while the vegetables soften and the rice finishes cooking.


  • If the soup is too thick, gradually add more broth until you reach the desired consistency.
  • For a soup that is too liquid, let it simmer a little longer until some of the liquid has reduced.
  • If the rice is not completely cooked, extend cooking time, checking often until tender.

Chef's advice

  • Finely chop the chicken for a more consistent texture throughout the soup.
  • At the end of cooking, season with salt and pepper to perfect the aromatic profile.
  • Sauté the vegetables until they are just softened to enhance their natural sweetness.

When is chicken and rice soup ready?

  • The chicken should be fully cooked and easy to shred.
  • The rice should be tender, not mushy.
  • The vegetables should be soft but not fall apart.
  • The soup should have a rich aroma and golden color.

Instructions for storage and heating

Leftovers: This soup is best enjoyed fresh, as the rice will continue to absorb liquid over time. For those expecting leftovers, it is advisable to opt for brown or wild rice. These varieties tend to become less mushy than white rice when reheated. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.

Freezing: Allow the soup to cool completely before transferring to freezer-safe bags. For convenience, you can portion the soup into gallon bags for individual servings or use gallon bags for family portions. Seal the bags, then place them in the freezer for easy thawing and stacking.

Heating: Heat the soup in a saucepan over medium-low heat until thoroughly heated. If the soup has thickened, add more chicken broth to achieve the desired consistency.

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