Creamy Chicken Rice Soup Recipe
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Creamy Chicken Rice Soup Recipe

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“I came up with this thick flavorful soup while making some adjustments to a favorite stovetop chicken casserole,” relates Janice Mitchell of Aurora, Colorado. It goes together in short order using precooked chicken chunks and a couple of pulses in a mini-processor to chop the veggies, she adds. “We like this soup for lunch with a crisp roll and fresh fruit.” TIP: “Using some of the broth to saute the vegetables keeps the fat content down,” Janice notes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 package (9 ounces) frozen diced cooked chicken, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 208 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 748mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat 1/2 fat


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the onion, carrot, celery in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, rice, basil and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until rice is tender.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour and milk until smooth; stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in chicken; heat through. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Chicken Rice Soup in Quick Cooking November/December 2005, p51

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Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016 Edited May. 24, 2016

"An easy recipe that produces a tasty, comforting soup. I doubled the recipe, used leftover chicken & added 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper. I used heavy whipping cream in place of the evaporated milk. I love that this soup is creamy but not thick & heavy like many cream soups are."

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2016

"I thought this was extremely good and I just tripled everything for my family. Didn't use the basil, and used more garlic. We all loved the soup..Will make again on cold days like today.."

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

"We love it. This is always my "go to" soup."

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2015

"Loved the recipe just as is. Only changes I made was using whipping cream instead of evaporated milk (had some left-over in the fridge) and added a 1/3 cup of grated cheddar (again, left-overs in the fridge) at the end when the chicken went in."

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"This is the soup I turn to when I want creamy chicken soup in the winter. I also use cornstarch instead of flour for GF hubby. When I have leftover cooked or rotisserie chicken I fix homemade soup. I love the different basil flavor - different than regular chicken soup. Served with homemade biscuits (GF) and sauteed apples."

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