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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.

close-up of creamy chicken rice soup in a pot with a ladle

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.

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 layer of flavor
  • 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
ingredients for creamy chicken and rice soup in prep bowls on a counter

Tools for this recipe

Check out Natasha’s favorite kitchen essentials, gadgets, and cookware!

  • This is the ladle I use for my soups. It doesn’t spill all over the place when serving.
  • For all my soups I like to use a Dutch oven. It’s sturdy and conducts heat great.
  • Use a melamine cooking spoon so as not to scratch your pots and pans.
  • To keep the rest of your aromatics fresh for longer, use a garlic keeper and onion saver.

How to make creamy chicken and rice soup

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

sauteing carrots, celery, and onion in a dutch oven then adding flour to make soup

Sauté the carrots, celery, and onion in a Dutch oven or soup pot with the olive oil until softened, followed by adding in the garlic and flour.

adding chicken broth, seasoning, and cream to a soup pot of chicken and rice soup

Slowly pour in the chicken broth and stir until the flour dissolves, and then scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the Italian seasoning, rice, and cream.

chicken and rice soup before and after cooking

Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Add in the chicken, and cook for another 7-10 minutes until both it and the rice are cooked through. Season generously with salt & pepper.

Pro tip

  • 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!

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.
close-up of creamy chicken and rice soup in a white bowl

What to serve with chicken and rice soup

  • This soup is a hearty meal as-is, but you can definitely serve it with a slice of crusty French bread, sourdough, or Garlic Bread.
  • I also enjoy pairing it with a side salad. Try mixed greens with my Classic Homemade Ranch Dressing.

Leftovers and storage

  • Leftover chicken and rice soup 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.
cream of chicken and rice soup in two white bowls with gold spoons

Questions about this creamy chicken soup, or want to write a review a star rating? Talk to me in the comments below! You can also find me on Instagram.

close-up of creamy chicken rice soup in a pot with a ladle
4.88 from 124 votes

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

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.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 stick celery chopped finely
  • 2 medium carrots peeled & chopped finely
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 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

Instructions 

  • Add the olive oil, celery, carrots, and onion to a soup pot over medium-high heat. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the garlic and flour and cook for about a minute.
  • Slowly pour in the broth and stir/scrape up the browned 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).

Notes

  • Recipes serves 4-6 depending how much people eat/what it’s served with.
  • 1 pound of chicken breasts usually works out to 2 medium 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.
     

Nutrition

Calories: 548kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 154mg, Sodium: 1046mg, Potassium: 852mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 6056IU, Vitamin C: 22mg, Calcium: 92mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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340 Comments

  1. Becca says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! Easy to make, great flavors and filling. Will be adding this to our meal plan rotation!

    1. Natasha says:

      Yay!! Thanks so much, Becca!

  2. Nancy says:

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and LOVED it!! I used rotisserie chicken for a faster cook and it’s still delicious! I think I may play around with making it more broth and less cream next time, just to see. But wow this is wonderful!

    1. Natasha says:

      Yay!! I’m so glad it was a hit, Nancy!

  3. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely love this soup! Simple and delicious. I make brown rice separately and add it in each day as a lunch meal prep. Perfect for the winter months.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you, Jessica!! 😀

  4. Ashley Smith says:

    Could you do this in the crockpot?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Ashley! Since it’s got rice and cream, it could be a bit tricky to get right without testing, so I don’t want to just guess as I could be way off.

  5. Lori says:

    5 stars
    Just made this tonight and it’s delicious!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Lori! Thanks for your review!

  6. Maria says:

    5 stars
    This has become a regular at our house – great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Natasha says:

      Wonderful!! 😀 Thanks for your 5-star review, Maria!

  7. Jennifer Foveaux says:

    This might be a stupid question, but are you putting the chopped up chicken breast in the pot raw or are we cooking it first? I was just curious if it Cooks in that short time frame

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! Not a silly question. Yes – many people overcook chicken massively and then it becomes dry and rubbery. The chicken cooks right in the pot. For any recipe that uses pre-cooked chicken, I always clearly indicate that. You may want to look at the step-by-step photos as they show exactly how I make it. Hope you love the recipe, Jennifer!

  8. Wendy Hamilton says:

    5 stars
    Made this soup … absolutely delicious!! I only had basmati rice on hand but it perfect and I will keep using

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s great to hear, Wendy!! Thanks for your review! 😀

    2. Rachel says:

      Anyone ever tried making it gluten-free?

      1. Natasha says:

        Rice is naturally gluten-free so swapping the flour for a cornstarch slurry could work (but be sure to check on other ingredients as I am not someone who cooks gluten-free a lot).

  9. Colleen says:

    5 stars
    Made it with my college age daughter to warm us up during cold winter in Wisconsin! Delicious!!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Love that, Colleen!! 😀 Thanks for your review. Stay warm!

  10. Denise says:

    5 stars
    Very delicious and super easy!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you so much, Denise!