Healthy and Quick Chicken-Rice Soup


After I posted my chowder recipe yesterday, my friend, Kevin, (who is a well known physical therapist for professional athletes) asked me for a recipe for Chicken and Rice Soup without cream. Kevin eats healthier than most people I know. He eats salmon at least three times a week and has an incredible palate for food. So, when I decided to develop this Chicken and Rice Soup recipe, I really had to think it out carefully with the healthiest ingredients. This soup is filled with fresh vegetables, fresh herbs, low-fat and low-sodium chicken broth, lean chicken, and a mixture of brown, wild and white rice. It takes less than 45 minutes to prepare, and it’s the ultimate way to feed the soul whether you’re under the weather or not.


Healthy Chicken Rice Soup

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 to 8 servings


11/2 cups diced carrots

11/2 cups diced celery

1 cup diced onion

1 cup diced leeks

1 tablespoon olive oil

Vegetable cooking spray

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 (8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

8 cups organic low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth

1 cup rice blend mix of white, brown and wild rice, uncooked

21/2 cups cooked chopped chicken (I used white meat only from rotisserie chicken)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme


1. Saute first 4 ingredients in a hot oil in a large lightly greased Dutch oven over medium-high heat 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add garlic, mushrooms and pepper; saute 1 more minute. Add chicken broth; bring to a boil. Add rice, stirring well. Cover, reduce heat and cook 15 to 20 minutes. Add chicken and cook 5 to 10 minutes more or until heated through. Stir in parsley and thyme before serving.

6 thoughts on “Healthy and Quick Chicken-Rice Soup”

  1. Alison, it is so hard to find a chicken and rice soup recipe without cream! Thanks! I’m trying it this week….

  2. I must have conjoined with you in some outer planetary way as I made an incredibly similar soup for my husband last night. And if I knew how to get my camera to work (that’s another story and project), you’d see that.
    No mushrooms in mine because he hates them. I used celery root and not celery, and made the whole thing in the pressure cooker so it makes its own stock. He said that it was delicious.
    I don’t eat chicken so I’ll take his word for it.
    Let’s see what’s next…

  3. Jill, I love the idea of celery root! I would have preferred my own stock, but time was short as always with my 3 kids. Thanks for your comment though and if you have camera questions, I will attempt to answer them!

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