A bowl of this easy Chicken and Rice Soup recipe is perfect for chilly days!

This soup is loaded with chicken, vegetables and brown rice, simmered in broth and finished with a touch of creaminess.

Homemade Chicken Rice Soup has great flavor and is easy to meal prep for a busy week!

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Chicken and Rice Soup Ingredients

This easy chicken and rice soup is packed with goodness, fresh, and flavorful. It’s a meal that the entire family will agree on. Made in just one pot,it’s as easy as it is delicious!

  • Veggies: Onion, carrot, and celery are the base of this soup and add lots of flavor.
  • Seasonings: This is a simple soup recipe with parsley, thyme, salt & pepper. Add other dried or fresh herbs or bay left to taste.
  • Chicken Broth: Low-sodium chicken broth is the base of this soup.
  • Chicken: This recipe uses chicken breasts – no need to cook ahead; they’ll simmer to perfection in the soup. Bone-in or boneless chicken thighs also work well in this recipe. If using cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken, add the chicken once the rice is cooked.
  • Rice: We love brown rice in this soup recipe, it adds great texture and a boost of fiber. You can swap it with other varieties of rice like white rice, basmati, or jasmine rice; adjust the cooking time as needed. If using cooked rice, it can be added about 5 minutes before serving.
  • Evaporated Milk: While it’s optional, a little bit of evaporated milk adds a creamy element without being too heavy. A bit of heavy cream can be added in place.
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How To Make Chicken and Rice Soup

This creamy chicken and rice soup is so easy to make – no need to pre-cook the chicken.

  1. In a pot or Dutch oven, sauté the carrot, onion, and celery until tender per the recipe below.
  2. Add broth, uncooked chicken breasts, and rice, then simmer until the rice is tender.
  3. Shred cooked chicken, stir back into the pot, and finish with evaporated milk for creaminess.

Serve with 30 Minute Dinner Rolls or a chunk of crusty bread for dipping.

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Leftover Chicken Rice Soup

This homemade Chicken Rice Soup recipe is the ultimate comfort food and it’s perfect for meal prep as it freezes well.

To freeze leftovers, cool the soup to room temperature, then place it in a large freezer bag. Seal completely and lay flat to freeze in a thin layer. This will help the soup to thaw quickly when you need it for dinner!

To thaw, you can submerge the bag of chicken soup in lukewarm water until thawed, then reheat to the desired temperature in the microwave or on the stovetop.

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Chicken Rice Soup

This Chicken Rice Soup is an easy, healthy soup recipe that’s perfect for chilly days! It’s loaded with vegetables and brown rice, simmered in chicken broth and finished with a touch of creaminess. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
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  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion minced
  • 3 large carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 chicken breasts uncooked
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup evaporated milk


  • In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots and celery and cook and stir for 3-4 minutes, until onion begins to turn golden.
  • Add garlic, parsley and thyme and cook 1 minute.
  • Add salt and pepper, broth, chicken. Add rice. Stir and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low (a simmer), cover, and cook for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, or until vegetables and rice are tender.
  • Remove chicken from pot and shred. Add back to the pot with evaporated milk.
  • Serve.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 332 | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 607mg | Potassium: 803mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5250IU | Vitamin C: 5.2mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 1.6mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
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  1. I made this soup almost exactly per the recipe and it’s a keeper! My SO has a cold so I added more garlic as well as fresh ginger. I love that it uses brown rice and that the chicken is cooked and then shredded – so much easier than cutting the raw chicken.

    We ate half of this last night, then I strained the broth into another container before putting it in the fridge, so the rice doesn’t absorb the broth. Great recipe, five stars, will make again!5 stars

  2. This was excellent! The only change I made was to use a box of Uncle Ben’s long grain and wild rice in place of brown rice. I also used the seasoning packet from the rice along with the herbs and seasonings listed in the recipe. I almost used half and half instead of evaporated milk, I’m glad I stuck with the recipe. This will be on repeat!5 stars

  3. Great soup! I actually just used canned chicken-hehe. All 6 kiddos, my husband and I all loved it. Love the brown rice in it. Used lots of carrots. I will be making it again!5 stars

  4. This is a new family favorite! Is easy, And so delicious. It keeps great for leftovers too. We use boneless thighs sometimes which seems to be tastier. We also use whatever type of rice we have (excited minute rice)5 stars

  5. Hello. I made your chicken rice soup today for the first time and it was very tasty indeed. However, I have a few queries. When adding the evaporated milk do I add it straight from the can or do I need to rehydrate it? My soup looked so much milkier than yours and I wondered if I was supposed to add water first to the evaporated milk to dilute? Also, I realise evaporated milk isn’t recommended for freezing so much but is it fine to chill and reheat another day? Very many thanks x

    1. Hi Amy, we add the evaporated milk straight from the can but make sure you are only adding one cup. It is definitely fine to chill and reheat another day!

  6. Very good! Followed the recipe MOSTLY, except I didn’t have evaporated milk, so I used whole milk and 2 TBL of cream (that’s all I had). I added more broth, as the rice soaked it up! Definitely will make this again. Oh – I also used leftover Rotisserie chicken which I added when I added the milk. Very tasty!5 stars

  7. Delish soup only change I added about two tbs of finely diced ginger and three more cloves of garlic. So good!!5 stars

  8. I love this recipe. If you eat right away thickness is fine. Lots of great
    flavor. However if you make ahead cut back on the rice by 1/4 c. The
    soup with really thicken. Another option is to add however much
    broth you need but you will have to also add more salt, pepper and
    thyme. My reheated soup required 2-3 cups of broth. I recommend
    decreasing the rice unless you are using pre-cooked rice.
    Delicious.5 stars

  9. The taste was fine, but the recipe could be improved by using measurements for the vegetables – I’d rather know how many cups of carrots, celery, or onions I need given how different in size nature makes them. Also, 6 cups of liquid wasn’t enough. Recommend adding 1-2 more, it was more stew like.4 stars

    1. This recipe works if the veggies are large or small, no need to cut an extra ½ onion or carrot to make a measurement so we leave it as whole vegetables.

  10. This is the second time I have made this recipe and it’s a hit again.
    I used turkey instead of chicken. Yum.5 stars

  11. I made this soup last night, it was very good and flavorful! Mine did turn out very thick, not soup like, maybe next time I’ll add more broth.5 stars

  12. I made this today with a few substitutions.
    Used what we had in hands including white rice, heavy cream, and the vegetable better than bouillon instead of cooking stock. Just wow. Had family come BACK over and said they were dreaming about the soup so they had to come back. 10/105 stars

    1. This is the only chicken and rice soup recipe I use. I make it exactly as stated.
      It’s wonderful , I’ve been making this for 4+ years. Thank you5 stars

  13. This soup is good and easy to make! However I noticed a few things. With only 5 cups of chicken broth it’s basically a stew. I added a few cups more. I don’t feel like the evaporated milk did anything, next time I probably won’t add it. Not that it matters, but with the milk it doesn’t look like the pictures. Not nearly enough rice and maybe too much chicken! Next time I’ll add another cup of rice.

  14. I made the recipe verbatim. All in all, the flavor was a little basic, but my family loved it. Will be making again at wife’s request.

  15. This is our tried and true recipe for chicken and rice soup. Love that the brown rice doesn’t get mushy. I wish I could give it 10 stars. This time we added fresh lemon juice for something different and it was delicious too. Love that it is basic ingredients. My son is gluten free and paleo and he loves this soup. Something that we can all eat together.5 stars

  16. First time trying this recipe (even though I made alterations to it) and it was so delicious! I had rotisserie chicken bones with a bit of meat left on it in the freezer, so I made my own broth (5c). I didn’t have chicken breasts, so I used 4 small boneless thighs instead. I added 3cups of chicken broth and 1/2 cup pearled barley to the pot before it was simmering. At the end, I added 1 cup of frozen chopped kale pieces. I used the entire can of evaporated milk so I didn’t waste the extra 100ml. It was so delicious! I loved the fact your recipe was so easy to follow and I could add extra favourite ingredients to it. I made sure to share your recipe! Thanks so much!5 stars