Easy and Quick Chicken Rice Soup

Hearty and delicious chicken and rice soup! Perfect with a loaf of crusty bread!

Hearty and delicious chicken and rice soup in a bowl.

Hey everyone! Chelsea back from Chelsea’s Messy Apron. I don’t know about where you’re at, but here in Utah, the weather has cooled down quickly! We even had snow at our home the other day. And my favorite thing to combat the cold? SOUP.

And this particular soup just happens to be one of the easiest soups ever. AND it’s and made all in ONE pot.

Hearty and delicious chicken and rice soup in a white bowl.

There are a few short-cuts that make this soup so quick and easy . The first is using rotisserie chicken. We love rotisserie chicken because it’s already seasoned and so flavorful plus the chicken is already cooked making this soup whip up even quicker. That said, if you don’t mind spending a little extra time you can cook your own chicken for this soup and then shred it and add it in.

The second short-cut is a packet of seasoned rice. This serves two purposes — first, the rice can cook in the soup and second, there are a ton of extra seasoning which eliminates measuring out a whole bunch of seasonings.

The last short-cut that is totally optional is buying some pre-cut veggies. Most grocery stores sell mirepoix which is pre-chopped veggies (celery, onion, and carrots). If you grab that, you’ll only need to chop up the red pepper.

If you use all these short-cuts the soup can absolutely be ready in 20 minutes or less. And if you don’t use all the short-cuts, you can still have a soup ready pretty quickly!

Hearty and delicious chicken and rice soup in a white bowl.


Easy and Quick Chicken Rice Soup

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 6


Hearty and delicious chicken and rice soup! Perfect with a loaf of crusty bread!


  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 of 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 large carrot finely diced
  • 2 large stalks celery finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 14.5 ounces EACH reduced-sodium chicken stock (or chicken broth) (stock has a richer flavor)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups water
  • 1 package Knorr Rice Sides - Chicken Flavor Broccoli
  • 2 cups prepared rotisserie chicken chopped or shredded
  • Salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • Optional: fresh parsley fresh thyme, Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat butter and olive oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted, add the chopped pepper, diced onion, diced carrot, diced celery, and thyme. Stir occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add broth or stock, water, and the package of rice sides. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook covered 10 minutes or until rice is tender.
  3. Meanwhile, shred or chop the rotisserie chicken.
  4. Stir in chicken and serve immediately. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with fresh parsley and fresh thyme if desired. Add some parmesan cheese to each bowl if desired.
  5. Best enjoyed the same day it is made or the rice tends to bloat.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 6

Calories21kcal (1%)Fat2g (3%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Sodium1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Chelsea Lords

Chelsea is the blogger behind Chelsea’s Messy Apron. She is always experimenting in the kitchen and making new things to eat. “Or I am in the kitchen eating. Both are good.” She tries to eat a balanced diet of healthful foods, but she loves desserts. You will find most of her recipes are healthy and easy, but still taste great! She has found that eating is all about balance and she hopes that that is the case on her site!

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