Quick Chicken and Rice Soup

In my ongoing efforts to please, today’s recipe is per your requests for quick and easy dinner ideas.  Especially ones that are easy to pull together after a long day of running kids to ball games, practices etc.

Here in the NW, those ball games and practices are pretty cold and wet this time of year.  For me, on days like that, nothing tastes better for dinner than a warm bowl of soup.

Quick Chicken and Rice Soup

The best part about soup is that it can be made ahead of time and then just quickly reheated when you walk into the house although that does take a little planning.

I’ve got lots of wonderful soup recipes here on the blog (just check out the recipe index up above)

Quick Chicken and Rice Soup

Today’s soup recipe is so easy it can be put together in a matter of minutes.

To make it quicker and easier I purchased one of those yummy rotisserie chickens from Costco a few days before and just removed all the meat from the bones.  A few cups of leftover chicken can be used too or just cook up a couple of chicken breasts and shred them.

This recipe also calls for rice.  I never seem to be able to cook just the right amount of rice so I usually have leftover rice from a meal.  If you don’t have leftover rice you can throw in a cup of minute rice and in five minutes you have rice!

Quick Chicken and Rice Soup

The only other things you need are some chicken broth, carrots, celery, chives and half a lemon!

This week I made it for Sunday dinner and since it was so quick and easy I had time to try out a new recipe for a batch of homemade rolls.  The rolls were amazing and I’ll share that recipe this week too.

Quick Chicken and Rice Soup

Quick Chicken and Rice Soup


  • 8 C chicken broth
  • 2 C chicken, shredded
  • 2-3 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 2-3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 C instant rice or 1 - 2 C cooked rice
  • 1/2 C chives, chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add together broth, celery and carrots
  • Bring to boil and simmer for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender
  • If using minute rice, add in rice and simmer for 5 minutes
  • If using cooked rice just add along with chives and lemon juice


  1. 1
    Jeanine says:

    This looks so great. Since it still feels like still winter here in Utah, this will warm us from head to toe. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 2
    Jeanine says:

    OOPs too many stills. My hands have not unthawed yet. BURR!

  3. 3
    Karen says:

    Love getting different soup recipes and they are so quick and easy. It’s also such an easy left over to heat up and I like having that option. And needless to say, with all this cold and rain it’s a great choice.
    Karen recently posted..Macy’s- The Great Shoe Sale

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    Melinda says:

    I am a sucker for soup. Love them! Especially chicken soups. I have 23 recipes in that category. I’ve never seen a chicken soup recipe that included lemon in it before, though. I’m going to try it!
    Melinda recently posted..Comfort

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    Emmy says:

    Your pictures are so pretty. I love the stack of green bowls. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I look forward to the roll recipe.
    Emmy recently posted..fabric buttons lots of time stockings

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    Mary Kathryn says:

    We are in Southern Utah and thankfully don’t need soup anymore but sometimes you do just need a good soup. Crank the air on and turn on the fans and enjoy some soup. We loved the last one we tried from you and this one looks yummy too.

  7. 7

    Hi! I included this post in this weeks from my reader round-up. Loved the post and thought it would be super useful to my friends and readers.

  8. 8

    I ALWAYS have leftover rice!! I am going to try this recipe for sure!

    P.S.- I LOVE that you’ve added the ability to easily “print” your recipes, especially when they include a photo. THANK YOU!

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    Annalea says:

    Wow . . . this looks really, really good. But honestly, the real hook here are those adorable bowls. lol Where did you get them?


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