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Simple Chicken and Rice Soup

simple chicken and rice soup

With only 7 ingredients, you can make an entire pot of chicken and rice soup that is delicious and freezer friendly.
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Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: budget, chicken, easy, rice, simple, soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 249kcal
Cost: $11.49


  • Dutch Oven


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 14oz can chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp Roasted Chicken Better than Bouillon
  • 2 cups long grain white rice do not rinse
  • 4 carrots chopped
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley, chopped plus 4 sprigs for broth
  • salt and pepper for seasoning


  • Place whole chicken breast side up in a cast iron dutch oven. Season with fresh ground pepper.
  • Add chicken broth, four sprigs of parsley, bay leaves, and Better than Bouillon.
    Simple Chicken and Rice Soup
  • Add enough water to almost cover the chicken completely. About 10 cups. Bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over medium low for about 1.5 hours.
    Simple Chicken and Rice Soup
  • Carefully remove chicken from broth and set aside in a large mixing bowl to cool. While the chicken is cooling, add the chopped carrots and rice to the simmering broth. Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes over medium-low heat.
    Simple Chicken and Rice Soup
  • While the rice is cooking, remove the meat from the chicken and chop up any large pieces. After the rice is tender, stir in the chopped chicken meat and chopped parsley. Stir in juice of ½ lemon. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    Simple Chicken and Rice Soup


After the soup has had a chance to rest, the rice will absorb more broth and take on a risotto-like texture.  Delicious!


Serving: 1.5cups | Sodium: 476mg | Calcium: 27mg | Sugar: 4.5g | Fiber: 0.6g | Potassium: 496mg | Cholesterol: 68mg | Calories: 249kcal | Saturated Fat: 2.2g | Fat: 7.9g | Protein: 26.8g | Carbohydrates: 15.4g | Iron: 2mg