Mom’s Chicken & Rice Soup

Mom's Chicken & Rice Soup

Soup season is finally here and I was craving some comfort food. My Mom’s Chicken & Rice Soup is one of my favorite family recipes because it’s simple, cozy, and so delicious. TRY IT! Hope you enjoy!

Here’s a video of how we put my Mom’s Chicken & Rice Soup together! For more delicious breakfast food, check out my Mama’s Cocido (Beef and Vegetable Soup) recipe.

What You'll Need:

+ 1 rotisserie chicken (shredded)

+ 1 garlic clove, halved

+ 1 yellow onion, quartered + 1/4 yellow onion, finely diced

+ 5-6 carrots, peeled and sliced

+ 5 stalks celery, chopped

+ Celery leaves, finely chopped (reserve these from stalks)

+ 1 tomato (or handful of cherry tomatoes), diced

+ 1 tbsp. butter

+ 1-2 tbsp. EVOO

+ 4 tsp. chicken bouillon (I use Knorr)

+ Meat/poultry seasoning (I use John Henry’s Greek Seasoning)

+ 2 pinches ground thyme

+ Juice of 1/4 lemon

+ 1/3 cup long grain rice

+ Salt & pepper to taste

+ 6 cups water + 2 cups water (detailed in recipe)


1. Shred roasted chicken, reserving chicken skin and chicken bones for broth. Place in pot with quartered onion, garlic, 6 cups water, and chicken bouillon. Cover and bring to a boil.

2. In dutch oven or large pot, add butter, olive oil, finely diced onion, and celery leaves and sauté. Season shredded chicken thoroughly with meat/poultry seasoning and add to dutch oven along with diced tomatoes. Sauté for a few minutes on low.

3. Add broth from separate pot into the dutch oven using a fine mesh colander to strain.

4. Add carrots, cover, and bring to a boil. After 10-15 minutes (once carrots are slightly tender) add celery, 1/2tsp. salt, pepper to taste, 2 pinches ground thyme, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil then reduce to low simmer for approximately 10 minutes.

5. Add rice with 2 cups boiling water (I use a kettle for this) and stir. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce to low simmer for approximately 20 minutes until rice is tender. Taste for salt and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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