There’s nothing like a pot of homemade Chicken and Rice Soup to warm you up when it’s cool outside. This from-scratch chicken and rice soup is a perfect blend of roasted chicken broth, rice and spices.
It takes a little time to make (mostly simmering to get all those flavors to blend), but it’s worth it. Refrigerate the leftovers – it gets better every day!
- 1 deli chicken or home-roasted chicken
- 1 small onion roughly chopped
- 1 Cup chopped celery
- 1 Cup chopped carrots
- 2 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 can chicken stock
- 1/2 cup rice
Remove meat from chicken and store in refrigerator. Place chicken carcass and bones in a dutch oven and cover entirely with water, about 2/3rds up the side of the pan. Simmer on medium-low for about 30 minutes with lid on. Let cool completely and remove bones from the pot, pulling the remaining meat off the bones and leaving the meat in the stock.
After all bones are carefully removed, add the onion, celery, carrots, and seasonings. Stir to combine, then simmer on low with lid for 30 minutes.
Add chicken stock and 2 Cups of water, and bring stock to a boil. Add rice and turn down to low - simmer for 20 minutes, or if using quick-cook rice, according to instructions. Serve immediately or let cool thoroughly and refrigerate. Gets better every day. Add more or less rice according to tastes. May use flat noodle pasta, too, for chicken and noodle soup.
Tips and Stuff:
If the soup doesn't have enough chicken pieces, go ahead and throw in some from the meat you originally took off the chicken.
Make sure the skin is off of all the bones (particularly the wing skin) or you'll have too much fat floating on the soup.
We, of course, don't use onion so I use 1 tsp of onion powder instead and it works fine.
To make sure the bones are all out of the soup, I don thin latex gloves (rinsed of course) and run my hands through the cooled soup before the rice is added.