Saturday, October 12, 2013

Creamy chicken and rice soup

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With the temperatures getting more and more chilly, my family will definitely turn to comfort foods, especially soups. Nothing like cozying up with a bowl steamy deliciousness on a snowy winter night... This creamy chicken and rice soup is definitely one of our favorites. It's thick, flavorful and my kids just gobble it up. It's also pretty versatile - you can add spinach, kale, cauliflower or broccoli to it or add other spices to your taste.

So you will need:

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 5 cups broth
  • 1-2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 med carrot
  • 1/3 onion
  • 1/3 cup rice, rinsed in cold water
  • 3 TB unsalted butter
  • 4 oz. low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. dry parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste


Make chicken broth by cooking chicken breast in some salted water (I like to add extra water and freeze leftover broth). While broth is cooking, grate carrot and chop onion. When broth is done, get chicken out and cut it into bite-sized pieces. In a skillet, melt butter on medium heat and add chicken and vegetables to it. Cook until carrots and onions are soft, stirring often.

In the meantime, strain broth, bring it back to boiling, add parsley and rice. Cook on med.-low for about 5 min, then add celery and cook for another 5 min. (I like to use jasmine rice for this soup. It just tastes better :) If you choose to do the same, increase cooking time another 5 minutes).

Now mix in chicken and vegetables to your soup and add cream cheese in small pieces. Cook for additional 5 minutes or until all cheese is melted. Season to taste and stir before serving. Eat with some crusty bread or rolls.

Yum-yum :)

PS - if you plan on eating leftovers the next day, just add half a cup or so of water or extra broth and stir well because, as most soups with rice, it tends to thicken when it sits.

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  1. This soup looks so nice. I think I will try it and sod my lactose intolerance, Thanks for sharing it Lena

    1. Umm, it might not work with your intolerance! I wish I knew how you could substitute cream cheese in the recipe...

    2. I will make it anyway and use a little less and have less. It just looks and sounds so divine

  2. hi lena,
    your soup looks delicious and makes me hungry. thanks for sharing the recipe. my family likes soup on cold days, too!
    have a wonderful sunday,

    1. Thank you, Regina! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday too! :)

  3. That looks delicious and super easy too!

    1. It is super-easy! And you should see my boys licking their plates afterwards :) It's not easy to satisfy them both!

  4. I think the key ingredient in this is the cream cheese. How can you go wrong with that?

  5. Thanks for the good sounding recipe, it looks thrifty and not too rich. It is turning colder this week and will be perfect soup weather.

  6. Looks so good!
    Come link up with me and share!

  7. Oh, goodness does this look tasty! I clicked over thinking that I wouldn't be able to make the recipe (gluten intolerance) but YAY! I can. I LOVE cream cheese in savory things and this sounds perfect on a chilly and rainy day like today :) I'd love if you'd link up to my party Link It or Lump It -

  8. I'm a sucker for soups, and this looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing! -Leah @ Mama Knows Nest

  9. Sounds like a soup I do too....looks good!

  10. Looks delicious Lena! I would love this soup:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  11. My family would love this! Pinned :) Thanks so much for sharing at this week's All My Bloggy Friends!

  12. This looks so good! Chicken and rice is always a favorite combo with my kids, so I look forward to trying this on the next rainy spring day. Pinned!


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