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Chicken Rice Soup

Chicken & Rice Soup

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 20 min prep
Clock Icon for Prep Time 45 min total
Person Icon for Serving Size 6 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 10 ingredients

This soup is really adaptable, as well as easy to make and to eat. All you need is an hour to cook but it tastes like it’s simmered all day. Plus, it’s a perfect freezer-friendly...


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 4 celery ribs, diced
  • 3 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 teaspoons dill, fresh or dried
  • ½ cup long-grain brown rice (or white rice, see Chef Tips)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 pounds chicken breast on the bone, skinned
  • 5 cups water (or broth)
  • Chopped parsley, to garnish (optional)
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Nutrition Facts


350 cals


15 g

Saturated Fat

4 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

3 g

Monounsaturated Fat

7 g


18 g


2 g


3 g


34 g


1019 mg


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, carrots, dill, rice, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and the onions are translucent, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 1 hour, adding more water if too much evaporates.
  3. Remove the chicken and transfer to a colander. Once cool enough to handle, shred the chicken meat off the bone and return to the broth to heat through. Discard the bones. Taste the soup for seasonings, add parsley if using, and serve.

Chef Tips

If you are on a bland or low-fiber diet, here’s a way to transform this soup to fit your needs.

1) Discard the onion, and saute the remaining veggies until tender in a couple tablespoons of stock instead of oil. Stir in a pinch of asafetida, if you can find it, with the veggies just as they start to get soft, before you add the chicken and water. This spice adds oniony taste without the digestive problems.

2) Use white rice instead of brown. White rice cooks in 20 minutes, so if you like it al dente, add it about 20 minutes after you add the chicken in step 2. Cook for another 20 minutes. If you like your rice softer and starchier, add it in at the same time as the chicken.

Registered Dietitian Approved

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