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Simple and Yummy Chicken and Rice Soup

Simple and Yummy Chicken and Rice SoupHow can you go wrong with Chicken and Rice Soup?  It one of the easiest and most versatile dishes that I have in my arsenal.  And, yes, this recipe does call for bouillon cubes….I’ll just give you a minute to settle down…

OK. Truth be told, I use bouillon because its just how I’ve learned to do it.  I’ve also used canned broth and homemade broth – both veggie and chicken.  I’ve also been known to shred a rotisserie chicken into the pot rather than cook the chicken from fresh. Don’t like chicken breasts? Use thighs, use wings, use tofu if you want.  Try different herbs. Add other vegetables. Make this soup your own and it will become one of your family’s favorites, too!






Simple and Yummy Chicken and Rice Soup

Serves 4
Meal type Main Dish, Soup
Misc Freezable, Serve Hot
Website inspired by PeachDish


  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 medium carrots (peeled and diced)
  • 1 stalk celery (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 Small onion (chopped (shallot also works, if you prefer a milder onion flavor))
  • 4 bouillon cubes (I've also made this with broth, simply adjust the amount of water you add later.)
  • 1 1/3 cup rice
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • lime
  • fresh parsley (chopped)
  • salt and pepper to taste


I love the addition of a little lime juice to finish off this recipe, and my DH likes to add a few slices of fresh avocado to each bowl.  We don't love cilantro, but try swapping it for the parsley. This dish is very easy to adjust to your family's tastes. For example, you can add green peas or pimento, extra carrots, fresh dill, bay leaf or whatever you like.  I've made this with brown rice and wild rice.  I've also used my own veggie stock and a store-bought rotisserie chicken.


Step 1
Heat a large pot over medium heat with 1/2 – 1 Tbsp olive oil. Add shallot, garlic and a pinch of salt and cook 1-2 minutes, until softened.
Step 2 Add 6 c water and bouillon cubes, increase heat to high. When boiling, add chicken breasts, 1 1/3 c rice, 2 tsp paprika, carrots, and celery. Let boil for 1 min, then reduce to simmer and cover.
Step 3 Remove chicken from pot when fully cooked, 10-12 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes, then shred using two forks. Let soup continue to simmer for 10 minutes, then return chicken to pot. Cook until rice is tender and chicken reheated, 2-5 min.
Step 4
Salt and pepper to taste. If desired, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and some chopped parsley.
Chicken and Rice Soup
Step 5 Serve with a squeeze of lime and some chopped parsley.