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Spicy Chicken Rice Soup Recipe

"This zippy chicken and rice soup is brimming with flavor and color," reports Elaine Grover of Santa Maria, California. "For a change of pace, I garnish steaming bowls of it with crispy fried tortilla strips and some shredded pepper Jack cheese."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • 1. In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until rice and vegetables are tender. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (prepared with reduced-sodium broth and without salt) equals 135 calories, 3 g fat (0 saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 100 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 11 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch.

Reviews for Spicy Chicken Rice Soup

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Reviewed Jun. 12, 2015

"Great flavor! I added more chicken & broth to make a bigger batch of soup. Reduced the cilantro to about a Tablespoon."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

"My daughter asked for spicy chicken soup, so I found this recipe. I left out the green pepper and cilantro because there are those in my family who are not fans of those items, but used the rest of the recipe. It turned out great. It's a wonderful change from my usual chicken soup. I like the spiciness a lot and plan on making it again!"

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"This was a great soup with a perfect amount of spice. I used brown rice. Everyone likes it, too include a 4 year old and the inlaws."

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"This is a heart-warming soup on a blustery, cold day! I added green lentils for more nutritional value. Even my husband complimented the dish!"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2009

"I used this recipe to finish up some leftover turkey. Turkey was an excellent substitute. Also, I used one jalapeno pepper in place of the green pepper just to give it slightly more kick. It wasn't overly spicy. Just perfect. Great recipe!"

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