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Easy and Quick Chicken Rice Soup is hearty and tummy warmingly satisfying. A nice twist to a classic chicken soup, this will be a hit with the whole family.

Soup and bread just go together. I love pairing soup with Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread, Grandma’s Perfect Homemade Bread or Easy Homemade Naan.

Hearty and delicious chicken and rice soup in a bowl.

Easy and Quick Chicken Rice Soup

On cold chilly nights nothing beats a warm bowl of steaming goodness to warm you up from the inside out. This recipe is one of the BEST, and this particular soup just happens to be one of the easiest soups ever. AND it’s and made all in ONE pot. You are going to love this for those crazy weekdays and lazy weeknights. It’s ideal for either. Whip it up when your busy or feeling lazy and you’ll be able to have a nourishing, appetizing meal in no time. You and your loved ones are going to love the way it tastes and your going to love how easy it is.

Chicken soup has always been herald for it’s healthy properties. This is just another way to get those wonderful benefits. Rice and veggies create exquisite flavor, nutrition and texture. Making this all in one pot, makes clean up easier, but it also you to layer the flavors as you cook them all together. Cook this the next time you need a good pick me up, both physically and emotionally. Soup just always makes everything better in my opinion. It takes a bad day and helps it all melt away. Enjoy a bowl of happiness tonight.

Quick Chicken Rice Soup Ingredients

Most of these ingredients can be found in your pantry and for sure at the store, making it super easy to prepare and have it all on hand when you want it. Whip this up in jiffy tonight.

  • Butter: This helps the veggies saute and gives it flavor.
  • Olive Oil: For sauteing
  • Red Bell Pepper: Dice the pepper.
  • Onion: Chop the onion to the same size as the pepper.
  • Carrot: Finely chopped.
  • Celery: Finely chopped
  • Dried thyme: Gives the best flavor with the chicken.
  • Chicken Broth: Make your own or used store boughten.
  • Water: Needed to create the broth and cook the rice.
  • Knorr Rice Sides- Chicken flavor Broccoli: This is great shortcut that gives intense flavor and texture.
  • Chicken: We used rotisserie chicken. It should be pre cooked.
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste

Making Easy Chicken Rice Soup

Because it’s all in one pot, clean up is a breeze. It can’t get much easier than throwing this all together. The quickness and easiness of this recipe makes it a fast favorite. You can prep it ahead of time and throw it together when ready to eat.

  1. Saute: Heat the butter and olive oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted add the pepper, onion, carrot and celery and thyme. Stir occasionally till vegetables are tender about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add: Stir in broth, water and the package of rice sides. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook covered 10 minutes till rice is tender.
  3. Chop: Meanwhile shred or chop the rotisserie chicken
  4. Stir: Stir in the chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately and top with fresh parsley, fresh thyme and parmesan cheese if desired.


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

Tips and Tricks for this Amazing Soup

This can’t get much easier or much better, but there are a few things to keep in mind.  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 shortcuts, you can still have a soup ready pretty quickly!

  • Chicken: There are a few shortcuts 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.
  • Rice: 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.
  • Veggies: 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.
  • Remember:  This best enjoyed the day you make it because the rice will bloat.

Variations for Easy and Quick Chicken and Rice Soup

There are a few variations you can do that will still keep it easy and quick. It’s a great base soup that you can adapt to your liking.

  • Chicken: If you don’t have rotisserie chicken you can use leftover turkey. Chop it as you would the chicken. You can also cook chicken to use before hand.
  • Veggies: Add different veggies or add to the carrots and celery and pepper.  Try broccoli, corn, peas, sweet potatoes, cauliflower and squash for ideas.
  • Rice: If you don’t have the knorr sides rice you can use instant rice or regular rice. If you use instant rice, besure to boil it for the amount of time directed. If you use regular rice, use 1 cup rice and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Store: This is best eaten the day you make it because the rice will bloat as it sits. But it can be kept in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

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

More Chicken Soups To Love

Chicken is a fabulous protein to put in soups. It’s mild flavor makes it so versatile and delicious. It’s a lean protein that makes super nutritious, and a perfect choice to keep your healthy goals. Soup is divine on chilly nights and it’s even better when you can enjoy it without any guilt. Try these recipes the next time you need to warm up.


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Easy and Quick Chicken Rice Soup

5 from 1 vote
Hearty and delicious chicken and rice soup! Perfect with a loaf of crusty bread!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, shred or chop the rotisserie chicken.
  • 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.
  • Best enjoyed the same day it is made or the rice tends to bloat.


Calories: 21kcalFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mg

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

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Easy and Quick Chicken Rice soup in a bowl.

About 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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    1. You will want to cook the rice with this dish. It has some seasonings in it that you will want to cook with the other ingredients.

  1. Do to food allergies we can’t use the pre seasoned rice. Any tips on seasonings to use at home? This looks delish!

    1. That is great! I am so glad that you love this soup and it has been easy for you to make! Thanks for your comment and following along with me! XOXO

    1. That is great to hear! I have to have easy and delicious for my family and this is just it! I am so glad you enjoyed it too!! XOXO