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Creamy Chicken Rice Soup Recipe

Creamy Chicken Rice Soup Recipe

“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. YIELD:4 servings


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


  • 1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat; saute carrot, celery and onion until tender. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in rice, seasonings and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until rice is tender, about 15 minutes.
  • 2. Mix flour and milk until smooth; stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in chicken; heat through. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 322 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 630mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.

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movnspeechGA User ID: 249584 260080
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2017

"This is good. Followed recipe as written, except I didn't have basil. Used a bit of sage instead. I did boil chicken with carrots, celery and onion, then removed all of that and used that stock as the broth.

Loved the creaminess of the recipe. Will make this again."

movnspeechGA User ID: 249584 260079
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2017

"This was good. Followed the recipe as written, but I did not have any basil, so I added a bit of sage instead. I did boil chicken with carrots, celery and onion, then removed all of that and used that stock as the broth.I love the creaminess of the soup. Will be making again!"

Momof4.5 User ID: 6560778 259175
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2017

"I made this exactly as written, but it was somewhat bland. I had to add extra salt, pepper, garlic and basil to get more flavor. My family does not like spicy food, but they do like well-seasoned and flavorful food. I will make this again with more seasoning and may try adding more rice, as my family kept asking why there wasn't more rice. Overall, it was delicious!"

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 245123
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."

dicline User ID: 8766655 243797
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.."

jbrac19619 User ID: 4876561 238924
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

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

dkparker User ID: 1379185 231719
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."

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 221049
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."

leggypeggy User ID: 1875325 101980
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"This is really quick and easy. I spiced it up a bit more."

cookin4alivin User ID: 7584202 60439
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"Doubled recipe.Omitted basil.Omitted pepper. Used cornstarch instead of flour accordingly,used heavy cream instead of evaporated milk.Then added 6 oz pepper jack cheese for a subtle kick.This is a fabulous basic soup recipe!e"

Brenna Trull User ID: 6993133 101978
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013 Edited Jan. 6, 2014

"I added 1/4 tsp of each (thyme, oregano and changed regular pepper to lemon pepper w/dill) . It was delicious and next time I make it I will have to double the recipe and freeze some of it for a cold winter day or when one of us is sick as it makes a good feel good soup."

J9s User ID: 7531353 148043
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"I am NOT a cook. But this is so dang ez and so dang yummy. I can't believe I made it twice and am still so proud of myself! Yum yum!!"

hbaseley User ID: 3311639 70850
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

"This is my go-to soup when I'm sick. Super easy to make and enough flavor that I can enjoy it even with a cold."

donrae User ID: 1071205 135677
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2013

"This recipe is awesome! It is thick and creamy and has a wonderful taste. I have already made it three times and it has been wonderful each time. The only change I made was to use fat free half and half instead of the evaporated milk. Yummy!"

Roll Tide Chick User ID: 6972736 154994
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012

"This soup is my idea of comfort food at it's best. I opted to use half and half because I am not a fan of evaporated milk. I also cooked wild rice ahead of time and stirred in towards the end. I prefer this over plain rice. I will double the recipe next time so I have plenty of leftovers."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 82319
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"I thought this was a really good soup and very easy and fast to make."

beloit3 User ID: 4103799 133014
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

"comforting soup :o) love it!

It is great as is, but I use less basil to suit my taste."

AcidulousMe User ID: 6452885 70849
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"This is a pretty great recipe in a pinch. I had leftover chicken and was tired of doing the same thing. I did add some dried Thyme (it needed a little something) and it tastes very close to the filling of chicken pot pie!"

volparamedic User ID: 6431081 148042
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"Wonderfully creamy and warming to the soul on a cold winters night!! Great....everyone loved it!!"

jamieldays User ID: 4498216 132841
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"Perfect! The only changes I made were to use fresh roasted chicken, olive oil to saute and heavy cream instead of evaporated milk."

jenmaro User ID: 497457 158770
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"I made this less than a week after I got braces and it was wonderful. It's very creamy and comforting. I used low sodium chicken broth & refrigerated chicken breast strips cut up. I think next time it would be good with rotisserie chicken. This is a recipe I might take to work for a potluck. It was easy to eat and for people needing a soft food diet, it's excellent. The carrots and celery were easy to eat cooked in the soup and the rice was really nice."

queenzookie User ID: 5427908 65916
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2011

"This was much too thick for my family's taste. I may try again, with only 1 Tbsp flour (not 3), or I might omit the flour altogether."

Bluestocking User ID: 1157135 149816
Reviewed May. 4, 2011

"I love this soup. It's so simple, yet so flavorful and comforting. Looking forward to making it again.

The only change I made was that I used four fresh chicken tenderloins. I simmered them 10 minutes with the veggies, then shredded them and returned them to the pot just before adding the milk and flour."

micheleclow User ID: 6777152 154992
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2011

"This was delicious. I doubled the recipe and used fresh chicken that I cooked after I sauteed the vegetables. This recipe is a keeper."

yankeemiss User ID: 933048 69442
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2011

"I really love this soup! It is fast, easy and delicious. Can you ask for for more in a recipe? I have made it a couple of times and my 4 year old grandaughter likes it so much she ask for seconds...carrots and all!

I think that I may play around with it and use the same basic recipe, but use clam juice and cod instead of chicken and broth to make a sort of fish chowder. Then I will have 2 soups from 1 recipe!"

Punkyjoe81 User ID: 3773046 154228
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"We really enjoyed this creamy soup. Instead of the frozen chicken, I used uncooked chicken breast that I cubed and cooked after the vegetables were tender, and brown rice. I also added a bit of sage and thyme. My whole family devoured it!"

clokker User ID: 4879587 135676
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"I thought this was an excellent soup! The flavor, texture, colors--all of it was terrific. My only complaint was completely my fault. I used long grain brown rice and didn't boil it long enough. I will definitely make this again!"

debnbrian User ID: 536671 158768
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"My family likes a lot of flavor. To our taste this was pretty bland."

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 70766
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"This was a very nice, thick soup. I doubled the recipe and boiled an extra large chicken breast in the broth and then shredded it for about 2 cups of meat. What a great way to use leftovers. Great with a nice loaf of crusty bread and a green salad!"

lwilles19630 User ID: 2098418 82316
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2010

"Tastes great. A new favorite cold weather comfort food. Made this along with Grandma's Apple pie recipe. Will make both again."

mmalex90 User ID: 3693114 82315
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2010

"Except for i used fresh cooked chicken. IT was great......"

ahmom User ID: 3426126 149757
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2010

"This was good. I used wild rice because I had some already cooked. DH added cheese."

Ramblinggal User ID: 4805490 148028
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2010

"One of the best soup recipes we've come across. It is creamy and it is tasty! We'll be making this again and again!"

Nlheitzman User ID: 2707252 60421
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2008

"This is soooo good. We have made it several times and love it. I added just a bit more flour to make it thicker but that is the only change. Thanks for a great soup recipe."

Stacey3978 User ID: 3389886 70764
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2008 Edited Sep. 22, 2008

"Delicious! Sooo creamy- great taste! My husband can't wait for me to make this recipe again."

5xamom User ID: 787516 82314
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2008

"I doubled this recipe for my family of seven and everyone loved it! Great!!"

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