This post has a recipe for creamy chicken and rice soup made with healthy ingredients–perfect for an autumn meal plan or when you need comfort food.
This is one of my favorite soup recipes! This soup can be classified as the comfort of all comfort foods: Creamy, frugal and filling, it’s the perfect addition to any cold winter night.
One of my best friends actually introduced me to it about a year ago. I was in a soup rut at the time. It seemed all I ever made was potato soup, chicken tortilla soup (recipe coming in our freebie for subscribers!) or chicken noodle soup.
And I had never tasted a chicken and rice soup quite like this. Despite its filling qualities, it seemed I couldn’t get enough!
My dear friend is now serving the Lord in Asia, but I still keep her recipe written on a scrap piece of paper from her old Tennessee kitchen. I’ve tweaked it a bit, and feel free to change it up according to your dietary needs.
Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large (or 2 small) carrot, sliced into "coins"
- 2-3 ribs celery, chopped
- 1/4 c. butter (or coconut oil for dairy free)
- 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour (or rice flour for GF)
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 3 cups pre-cooked rice (white, brown or wild....I use brown.)
- 1 c. cubed or shredded cooked chicken breast
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- rosemary, to taste
- 1 c. milk (or rice milk for dairy free)
- In a large saucepan, saute the garlic, carrot and celery in butter until tender.
- Stir in flour until blended.
- Gradually add broth.
- Stir in rice, chicken, salt, pepper and rosemary.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until thickened.
- Stir in milk and cook 2-3 minutes longer.
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I made this tonight and it was really good! I added some extra celery and carrots for extra veggies. It didn’t thicken up like the picture, but had a good creamy texture. Thanks for the recipe! It’s definitely a keeper. 🙂
I made this last night, cooked the rice in the liquid making it thick and added a little more seasoning. Delicious, this is a keeper. Thanks for sharing!