Soothing Chicken Soup Recipe

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"I made a few improvements to a fast-to-fix recipe to create this comforting soup," says Kris Countryman of Joliet, Illinois. It's easy to stir up with broth, soup mix and instant rice.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • 3 quarts chicken broth
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup uncooked instant rice
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, simmer celery in broth until tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 6-8 minutes or until the rice is tender. Yield: 16 servings (4 quarts).
Originally published as Soothing Chicken Soup in Quick Cooking May/June 2003, p59

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Reviewed Jun. 26, 2011

"I love to make this recipe. It is very fast & easy and just has a good flavor. I usually add peas to it or mixed vegetables."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"This was a very tasty soup, but the murky color was a little off-putting. I used Mrs. Dash original blend instead of the seasoned salt and used Minute Brown Rice. I think I will try sauteing onion and garlic in place of the onion soup mix (to improve the color)-dry minced garlic and onion when I want to keep it quick. I will also add more veggies (to add more nutritional value and because I love veggies in my soup!) The poultry seasoning, Mrs. Dash and thyme were excellent!"

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2009

"Really, really GOOD soup! Out of habit, I added a bay leaf to my broth while I cooked my chicken, but it turned out to be a delicious addition. Keeper!"

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2009

"Excellent Soup. I exchanged a grain medley for the rice & doubled the thyme. It makes a lot."

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