Easy Chicken & Rice Soup

Sometimes all you want is a comforting bowl of soup and this Easy Chicken & Rice Soup is definitely that. Everyone needs a go-to chicken soup recipe and this is not only tasty but easy too!

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am just a little fussy when it comes to soup! Because of this I don’t buy soup and always make my own. The beauty of soup is that it is really easy to make and you can make a whole pot full at a time.

Some of my favourite recipes are my Leek & Potato Soup and Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup. In fact all of the recipes on my blog are smooth soups which have been blended. It was about time I made a chunky soup recipe!

I’ve wanted to make a chicken soup recipe for a while because a few years ago I did find a chicken soup in the shops that I really liked. They then changed the recipe – not good. Although this recipe isn’t like that one because it was smooth and creamy; this Easy Chicken & Rice soup still provides the same comforting feel. 

Unlike my other soup recipes that include milk to give them a creamy taste, this recipe is more of a broth. Broths are lighter but I wanted this chicken soup to still be a filling meal which is why I added the rice. They are also the perfect kind of soups to add lots of veggies to. 

As well as the staple flavour enhancing vegetables of carrot, onion, leek and celery I also added cavolo nero. This is partly because it is my new favourite vegetable; but also because it adds lots of nutrients and a lovely colour to the soup. 

This Easy Chicken & Rice Soup makes enough for five lunch sized portions. By that I mean that if you wanted to enjoy it as your main meal you might want some more! If you are going to freeze this soup, make sure you don’t overcook the rice. This is because it is going to cook further when you reheat it. If you were to initially cook it a bit too long when you reheat the soup, it might be a little too soft. 

5 from 9 votes

Easy Chicken & Rice Soup

Sometimes all you want is a comforting bowl of soup and this Easy Chicken & Rice Soup is definitely that. Everyone needs a go-to chicken soup recipe and this is not only tasty but easy too!

Course Soup
Cuisine British, International
Keyword Vegetables, Chicken, Rice
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 5
Calories 256 kcal
Author Curly


  • 1 leek
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 onion
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ΒΌ tsp black pepper
  • 2 chicken legs de-skinned
  • 1 chicken stock pot
  • 2 litres water boiled
  • 150 g long grain rice
  • 50 g cavolo nero washed and stalk removed


  1. Wash the leek and peel the carrots. Cut them both in half and slice along with the celery. Peel the onion and cut it in half 

  2. Add the chopped vegetables to a large pan along with the herbs, salt, pepper, stock pot and chicken legs. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook with a lid on for 25 minutes 

  3. Remove the chicken legs, thyme stalks, bay leaves and onion from the pan

  4. Add the rice to the pan and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. While the rice is cooking, remove the chicken from the bone and set aside

  5. After 15 minutes, add the chicken back to the pan along with the cavolo nero and stir through to heat for five minutes until the chicken is heated through and the cavolo nero is wilted. 

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken & Rice Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 544mg24%
Potassium 322mg9%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 4520IU90%
Vitamin C 6.7mg8%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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16 thoughts on “Easy Chicken & Rice Soup

  1. Corina Blum

    It sounds absolutely delicious! I am such a fan of homemade soups too and am always making them for lunch but I don’t think I’ve made one with rice in for a long time.

  2. Anna

    I also never buy soup and only make my own, there is something very cozy and satisfying about cooking it from scratch, especially on a cold day! Your chicken soup looks very tasty, I would love to have some right now!

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