Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

This hearty Chicken and Rice Soup are loaded with healthy ingredients like vegetables, rice, and chicken in a flavorful Chicken Stock. It will be on your regular rotation in no time.

We love homemade chicken soups from classic Chicken Noodle Soup to Chicken Tortilla Soup. If you enjoy comforting chicken soups, this Chicken and Rice Soup recipe checks every box.

What is Chicken and Rice Soup?

Chicken and rice soup is a healthy soup made with an aromatic vegetable base of onion, carrot, and celery. It’s very similar to chicken noodle soup but uses rice instead of pasta. The chicken breast is added to the broth and cooked until the chicken is tender and easy to shred (see the pro-tip below to ensure juicy chicken in your soup every time). This soup is ready in under an hour with 15 minutes of prep and just over 30 minutes of cook time.

Chicken and Rice Soup is a classic comfort food that has been served in homes around the world for generations. It’s a simple dish to make, requiring only basic ingredients like chicken, rice, vegetables, and broth. The combination of these ingredients creates a hearty soup that’s sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

To make Chicken and Rice Soup you’ll need boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs (or both), long grain white rice such as jasmine or basmati, an assortment of fresh vegetables like carrots, celery, and onions; diced tomatoes; garlic powder; Italian seasoning blend; salt & pepper to taste; and low sodium chicken broth or stock. Begin by sautéing the chopped onion in olive oil until softened then add garlic powder, Italian seasoning blend, salt & pepper. Add diced tomatoes with their juices then stir in uncooked long-grain white rice followed by cubed boneless skinless chicken pieces.

How to Make Chicken and Rice Soup

Pour enough low sodium chicken broth over all so it’s just covered plus one inch more liquid than what covers everything else – bring this mixture up to boil then reduce heat cover the pot with a lid allowing it to simmer on low heat for 25 minutes stirring occasionally throughout to cooking time making sure nothing sticks at bottom of the pot – after 25 minutes check if your desired texture has been achieved adding more liquid if needed otherwise turn off stove top let cool before serving warm topped with freshly minced parsley leaves

Overall Chicken And Rice Soup are an easy-to-make meal full of flavor that can be enjoyed year-round! With its comforting flavors and nutritious ingredients, this soup will quickly become everyone’s favorite go-to meal when they’re looking for something quick yet satisfying!


As with most of our recipes, this chicken rice soup uses simple ingredients that are usually in your pantry and refrigerator. There’s no need to run to the store for an extra special ingredient with this recipe. Here’s what you’ll need (scroll down for exact measurements in the print-friendly recipe card below).

  • Veggies –  Onion, carrot, and celery are the trifecta base ingredients in a good soup. Add any of your favorite vegetables to the soup, making sure to cut them into evenly sized pieces first.
  • Oil –  Olive oil (or avocado oil) is used to saute the aromatics.
  • Chicken – Bone-in or boneless chicken breast or thighs work wonderfully in this recipe. Chicken thighs are actually often said to have more flavor.
  • Chicken broth – Use homemade chicken stock for best results, but store-bought chicken broth will work in a pinch. A good broth can make all the difference, so get a good quality one if using store-bought.
  • Rice – No need to cook the rice before adding it to the soup. Instead, use uncooked rice. Use brown rice for a more nutritious version, but be aware that brown rice does take longer to cook compared to white rice.
  • Spices – Add a few bay leaves, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Herbs – Garnish with fresh dill, parsley, or any of your favorite soup herbs.

How to Make Chicken Rice Soup

Chicken rice soup is one of the easiest soups to make because it’s a one-pot meal. Follow these steps, adding the ingredients in the correct order for the best soup.

  • Saute the vegetables: Preheat a large soup pot with olive oil and add vegetables. Stir and saute over medium heat until lightly golden.
  • Add remaining ingredients: Add chicken breast (or chicken thighs), rice, spices, and chicken broth. Boil, then turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  • Shred the chicken: Remove the cooked chicken from the pot and shred. Return back to the pot after fully shredded.
  • Season to taste: Add herbs and further season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!

Tips for the Best Chicken Rice Soup

What is a recipe without a few good hacks from the kitchen? Follow these tips for a consistently tasty bowl of soup each time.

  • Add more broth as needed: Rice tends to absorb liquid as it sits, so add broth when needed.
  • Season with your favorite spices: Personalize this soup by adding any of your favorite herbs and spices. Bay leaves are a must for a good soup, but thyme, fresh parsley, and dill are also our favorites! Squeezing in a garlic clove at the end is also a great way to flavor soup as we do in our Borscht Recipe.
  • Chop veggies evenly: To ensure veggies are evenly cooked and have a great texture, chop them all into equal-sized pieces.
  • Use uncooked rice: By using uncooked rice, you allow the rice to absorb the delicious flavors of the broth. Cooked rice can be used instead and added after the chicken is cooked, but it won’t be nearly as tasty.

To Serve

Chicken rice soup is great on its own, but it’s perfect when served with a warm Easy Banana Pudding Recipe! for a twist, try Perfect Roasted Potatoes. If you like crispy and soft bread, serve it with the Blueberry Pie Recipe.

Alternatively, make your meal a soup-and-salad combo by adding a side of Chickpea Salad or Caesar Salad. Fresh salad and a warm, filling soup? That sounds like the perfect lunch!

Common Questions

  • What is the best rice to use in chicken rice soup?
Any type of rice you have is great to use for soup. White rice is the most common, but brown rice is more nutritious. Wild rice, basmati, and jasmine rice are all great options. Keep in mind that brown rice can take longer to cook than white rice.
  • Can I add more rice?
We have tested this with more rice and it gets very thick and mealy. Rice tends to absorb a lot of liquid so if you add more rice, you will have a thicker soup that won’t reheat as nicely.
  • How can I store chicken rice soup?
Once the soup has cooled, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate for 3-4 days. Keep in mind that the rice does tend to absorb the broth the longer it sits.
  • Can I freeze Chicken Rice Soup?
This soup is freezer friendly. Transfer cooled soup to freezer-safe containers or freeze flat in zip bags. Freeze for up to 3 months then thaw and reheat.
  • How do I reheat chicken rice soup?
The best way to reheat chicken rice is slowly on the stovetop, mixing well to ensure even heating. When fully heated through, add more chicken broth if you prefer to have a thinner broth. Water can be used as well, although it may dilute the flavor of the soup.