A simple chicken and rice soup that’s good for your soul and perfect when you're feeling a little under the weather. This soup is minimal effort, and maximum taste.
My Chicken and Rice Soup is simply made using skinless bone-in chicken thighs or roast chicken carcasses with some leftover meat attached. It gets a boost of flavor by using additional chicken stock and spices. A little turmeric is added to give it that beautiful golden color.
This is the time of year when someone in the house gets a cold. What’s the first thing you think of when someone has a cold? Chicken soup!
This one is easy to make using either skinless bone-in chicken thighs or chicken carcasses left over from roasting. When we have roast chicken for dinner, I save those carcasses! Use them to make this delicious chicken and rice soup or freeze them making them available whenever you need to create a quick stock.
The soup gets a flavor boost from chicken stock. The vegetables used are simply onions, carrots, and celery. You may be thinking this sounds a little bland. Do you really think I would do that to you? The spices used deliver flavor and some color to the soup. It’s the turmeric that gives it a golden color.
Preparation is quick and easy and it’s all done without any sauteing. Add all the ingredients except the rice in a pot and cook. How simple is that?
Once the chicken is cooked and the bones have done their job, the chicken is removed, deboned, and shredded.
Now we add the rice and allow it to cook in the stock. Stir the chicken back in, and you have yourself a hell of a chicken and rice soup!
This soup uses ½ cup long grain rice. You make think that’s not enough, but the rice absorbs the liquid and continues to thicken as it sits. If you add a full cup, you’ll have chicken stew.
This freezes well. Simply place in freezer safe containers and it’s there when you need it.
Life is too short for mediocre food.
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A SIMPLE CHICKEN AND RICE SOUPPRINT PIN SAVE
- 2 pounds of skinless bone-in chicken thighs OR 1 - 2 roast chicken carcasses with some chicken attached*
- 4 cups water
- 4 cups chicken stock preferably homemade, otherwise low sodium
- 3 carrots chopped ½” pieces or ½ pound baby carrots sliced in half
- 3 ribs of celery chopped in ½” slices, including leafy tops
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped can substitute 2 teaspoons dried
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt or to taste
- 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
- 2 teaspoons granulated onion
- ½ teaspoon pepper or to taste
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ cup long grain rice
- If using chicken thighs, use 4 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs (about 1.5 pounds)
- Place all but rice into a stockpot over medium-high heat. Stir, and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes.
- Remove the chicken from the soup and place into a big bowl.
- Add rice to the soup, stir, bring back to a boil, cover, then lower heat to a low simmer for 15 minutes.
- While the rice is cooking, remove the meat from the chicken thighs using two forks to shred. Discard the cartilage and bones. If using chicken carcasses, remove the chicken carcass and pull off the remaining meat. Discard the carcass.
- After the rice is cooked, add the meat back into the soup and stir to heat it through. Taste and add salt if needed.
I don't post the nutritional value because I don't trust the accuracy of the nutritional apps. I’m not a nutritionist and don't want to post misinformation.