Chicken and Rice Soup
A hearty and healthy chicken and rice soup recipe that the whole family is sure to love!
This chicken and rice soup is quick and easy to prepare and loaded with veggies, juicy chicken and tender rice, making it a delicious, nutritious and well-balanced meal. Not only does it work well as a healthy weeknight dinner, but it keeps incredibly well in the fridge or freezer so it’s a great make-ahead meal for healthy lunches.
Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe
In the past few weeks, I’ve been talking a lot about the importance of eating well-balanced meals. There are lots of complex and crazy formulas that you can find online to help design a well-balanced meal, however, as with everything I teach, I like to keep things as simple as possible. In order to create a well-balanced meal, all you need to do is ensure that your meal includes some carbohydrate, protein and fat, and this chicken and rice soup does just that. By simply combining some veggies, some chicken, some rice, and some olive oil in this soup, you can ensure that you are creating a filling and balanced meal. I made this chicken and rice soup with chicken breasts, however, if you want to up the fat content a little you could use chicken thighs, and if you’d rather use wild or brown rice, you can certainly do that too.
For the best results, you’ll want to use the best quality chicken and, in order to do so, I source all of my meat from truLOCAL. Not only is it delivered right to your door for your convenience, but they work with incredible local farmers so you can ensure you are making a healthy and sustainable choice.
This chicken and rice soup recipe is made with chicken breasts, however, you could make it with chicken thighs just as easily. You could also swap the white rice for wild or brown rice, but you will need to increase the cooking time a little.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 carrots, peeled and diced
- 3 stalks celery, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 chicken breasts or 4 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
- 1 cup long-grain white rice (basmati or jasmine)
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Fresh parsley, to serve
- In a large pot on medium heat, warm olive oil. Add onion, carrots, celery, and garlic and cook for 4-5 minutes until onions are translucent and vegetables are tender.
- Add salt, pepper, and thyme, and stir to coat the vegetables. Pour in broth and water, add rice and bay leaf, and stir to combine.
- Submerge raw chicken breasts/thighs in the broth, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover with a lid and allow to cook for 30 minutes. Skim off any excess foam that produces on the top of the soup once cooked.
- After 30 minutes, remove the chicken from the pot and place it on a cutting board. Using two forks, shred the chicken into small bite-size pieces.
- Return the shredded chicken to the pot and simmer the soup, covered, for an additional 10 minutes. If you find the soup too thick, simply add some extra broth or water until it reaches the consistency of your choice.
- Once cooked, season the chicken and rice soup with additional salt and pepper to taste, and serve with a sprinkle of fresh parsley.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 253 calories
- Sugar: 6 grams
- Fat: 4 grams
- Carbohydrates: 38 grams
- Fiber: 3 grams
- Protein: 16 grams
Keywords: chicken breast, chicken thighs, chicken broth, white rice, vegetables, easy, homemade, healthy