A piping hot bowl of this creamy chicken and rice soup recipe is such a comfort on a cold day! It's simple to make with no fancy ingredients, and the rich broth is irresistible.
If you're craving a non-creamy version of this recipe, try my Easy Chicken and Rice Soup.
Why you'll love it
Hello comfort food! This cozy chicken and rice soup is straightforward to make and basically a hug in a bowl. The chicken and rice cook right in the soup, making it super convenient and so that cleanup is pretty minimal. That's an important factor for feeding hungry mouths after work.
I'm a big fan of jazzing up chicken soup while still using everyday ingredients you've probably already got in your pantry and fridge, so that's what we've got going on in this soup. While a classic Chicken Noodle Soup is always appreciated, sometimes changing it up with rice and a creamy broth just hits the spot. It makes a filling and easy meal all winter long.
What you'll need
- Celery, onion, carrots - the base for many soups. It's also known as mirepoix. I like using sweet (Vidalia) onions best.
- Olive oil - for sautéing
- Garlic - I mince the cloves with this garlic press. One squeeze and no sticky fingers!
- Flour - it's a thickener
- Chicken broth - for another savory layer
- Italian seasoning - it's a delicious dried herb blend that comes in a single jar. I use it in tons of my recipes, so it's a staple in my pantry.
- Rice - for this one I like jasmine rice. It's a flavorful long grain white rice.
- Heavy cream - it adds a rich, luxurious touch to the broth
- Chicken - we're using uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- If you do need to make this soup ahead of time, I suggest cooking the rice separately and adding it to each bowl just prior to serving so that it doesn't soak up a lot of broth before it's time to serve it. It absorbs it pretty fast!
How to make creamy chicken and rice soup
This is an overview, and full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.
- Sauté the carrots, celery, onion in a Dutch oven or soup pot with the olive oil until softened, followed by adding in the garlic and flour.
- Slowly pour in the chicken broth until the flour dissolves, and then scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the Italian seasoning, rice, and cream.
- Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Add in the chicken during the last 7-10 minutes of cooking so it remains tender. Season generously with salt & pepper.
Substitutions and variations
- You can use rotisserie or leftover Baked Chicken. Just be sure to add it in towards the end of the cooking time, around the last 5 minutes, so it doesn't overcook.
- Swap for chicken thighs if you prefer. I would leave them intact and add them in at the same time as the rice. They're a lot harder to overcook than chicken breasts and become more tender the longer you cook them. Just shred them with two forks, and add the meat back to the soup once it's done cooking.
- I wouldn't sub the heavy cream for something lower fat. It could lead to curdling since we're cooking at a fairly high heat, and the soup won't taste as good.
- I don't recommend swapping the white rice for brown rice or wild rice directly because it takes much longer to cook and wouldn't work as written. However, you can cook a different variety of rice separately and add it into the soup at the end if you wish.
Leftovers and storage
- Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Keep in mind that the longer it is, the more the rice will absorb the broth.
- Reheat this chicken soup in a saucepan over a low heat, giving it a splash of broth to thin it out if needed.
- This is not one of those soups that freezes well due to the cream and rice.
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Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup
- 1 stick celery chopped finely
- 2 medium carrots peeled & chopped finely
- 1/2 medium onion chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 3/4 cup uncooked white jasmine rice
- 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
- 1 pound uncooked chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces/strips
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Prep the veggies and chicken.
- Add the celery, carrots, onion, and olive oil to a soup pot over medium-high heat. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Stir in the flour and cook for a minute.
- Slowly pour in the broth and stir/scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pot until the flour has dissolved.
- Stir in the Italian seasoning, rice, and cream. Increase the heat to high, and once the soup comes to a gentle boil, give it a good stir, then reduce the heat so it's simmering and cover the pot with the lid slightly ajar. Simmer the soup for 10 minutes. I stir it every now and then to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Add in the chicken and cook for another 7-10 minutes or until the chicken and rice are both cooked. Season with salt & pepper as needed (I am generous with both). This soup will soak up the broth FAST. You may need to add more chicken broth if you prefer a less thick soup, and you'll definitely have to add broth to leftovers. Cook the rice separately if you don't plan on eating it right away (add rice to individual portions just before serving).
- Recipes serves 4-6 depending how much people eat/what it's served with.
- 1 pound of chicken breasts usually works out to 2 chicken breasts (a bit less or more than a pound is fine).
- This recipe is best enjoyed right after it's made. Soups with rice and cream typically don't freeze too well.
- I don't recommend subbing the cream for something lower fat in case it curdles (the cream is cooked over a fairly high heat).
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.