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Warm up with Chicken and Rice Soup

January 16, 2010

This has to be the easiest chicken soup recipe ever created. I got the recipe from the 2002 edition of The Gourmet Cookbook. (You can also find it at

The original recipe makes a lot of soup–about 16 cups, enough to serve 8. I almost always make half of the recipe, and my half recipe is what I have posted.

Last night I made it with half of a whole chicken, but I usually use 1¾ to 2 pounds of chicken thighs (about 4 thighs). When it comes time to remove the chicken meat from the bones, it is much easier to do with thighs. I also prefer the dark meat.

White rice doesn’t work in this recipe because it would get too mushy. The brown rice works perfectly. If you don’t tell, no one will guess that it’s brown rice. Trust me.

The original recipe calls for chopped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley. I usually don’t have any on hand, so I’ve never used it. It would probably be good, if you want to add a couple of tablespoons.

Chicken and Rice Soup

(printable recipe)

Adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook (2002)

Serves 4 (Just double the amounts to serve 8 people.)


½ large onion, chopped
1½ stalks of celery, chopped
carrots, chopped
1¾ – 2 pounds chicken thighs, with skin and bones (or ½ whole chicken)
½ cup brown rice
1 teaspoon salt
1½ quarts water (6 cups)


Combine everything in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.

Remove the chicken from the pot. When cool enough to handle, discard the skin. Remove the meat from the bones and cut in small pieces. Add the chicken back to the soup.

Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Laura permalink
    January 17, 2010 12:39 pm

    In the past, I’ve tossed a tablespoon or two of curry powder into this–I really like the flavor it adds. Byron prefers it traditional, though 🙂

  2. January 17, 2010 1:27 pm

    I think that’s a great idea, Laura! 🙂

  3. December 10, 2012 6:52 am

    I added cabbage and replaced the rice with quinoa. It was so tasty and easy!

    • December 10, 2012 7:15 am

      That sounds like a great variation, Lorena! Thanks for your comment!

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