Classic Cheesy Chicken and Rice Soup

This Classic Cheesy Chicken and Rice Soup is such a comforting dish! This easy, hearty soup recipe is perfect for cold winter nights by the fire!

Classic Cheesy Chicken & Rice Soup

Remember that cheesy chicken and rice soup I posted on Instagram Sunday…..well, I wasn’t planning on posting the recipe, but y’all were adamant about getting it 🙂

Never fear, I’m always willing to share my recipes!! You just won’t see a whole bunch of step by step photos for this one ok?

These photos of the soup are from the next day, so it looks thicker than usual which I love! You can easily thin it out with  little splashes of milk. We devoured this soup with no problem, can’t wait for you to try it! It’s homemade, full of veggies, chicken and rice. Yum!

Image of a Bowl of Classic Cheesy Chicken and Rice Soup

Classic Cheesy Chicken and Rice Soup

This Classic Cheesy Chicken and Rice Soup is such a comforting dish! This easy, hearty soup recipe is perfect for cold winter nights by the fire!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 304kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • Stove


  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery chopped
  • 3 large carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 32 oz reduced sodium chicken broth plus 16 oz
  • 2 cups shredded cheese mild cheddar
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 3-4 cups cooked white rice
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place oil in large dutch oven over medium heat. When hot, add onion, celery and carrots, stirring and cooking for about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Once veggies are tender, reduce heat to low.
  • In a separate large saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Slowly whisk in the flour, salt and pepper until thick and bubbly. Slowly whisk in 32 ounces chicken broth.
  • Increase heat slightly and keep whisking until broth gets thick and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Once thick, reduce heat to low and add cheese, stirring until smooth then add hot sauce.
  • Add cheese sauce to veggies then add cooked chicken and rice. Add remaining 16 ounces of chicken broth and sour cream to soup, stirring to combine. 
  • According to your preference you may want to add more broth or milk for a thinner soup. Stir, taste and season with additional salt and pepper according to your liking. Reduce heat to low and serve!


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 282mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4109IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 185mg | Iron: 1mg
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49 Responses
  1. Brenda

    I think I found this on your pinterest board, or facebook. I follow you on both and check your website often. I did not prep anything so I made it all at one time for dinner. It took a lot of work, and it was well worth it. My husband loved it. I filed this under my recipes to make again. Thanks for another great one!

  2. JW

    I wonder if this could be done in the crock pot, and just adding the cheese, sour cream and rice in the end?

  3. Lori

    There’s a typo about the amount of broth you need for the recipe in the ingredient list. I made it with 32 oz and it just turned out a little ticker than traditional soup. Still very yummy!

    1. Jenny

      Hi Lori, in the instructions I state to add 16 more ounces to the soup, but didn’t have it in the ingredient list. Just edited that! Thanks!

  4. Shelly

    This is excellent! It’s great comfort food but imo it’s more of a casserole, not a soup. Also, it took me up until almost the last step to realize I make something very similar only using egg noodles rather than rice. (with a few different ingredients as well) One bit of advise, I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts but when I make it again, I will probably use a rotisserie chicken from the deli instead. I will also use mushrooms next time too.

  5. Tammy

    This is amazing! I’m eating it as I type. 🙂 I added less rice and chicken but otherwise followed the recipe.

  6. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids

    When I saw this soup on Instagram, I knew that I needed it in my life. I cannot wait to try it!

  7. Carrie

    Looks amazing my beautiful friend. Glad you gave in to your fans pleas. congrats by the way 🙂

  8. Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin

    I’ve been adding cheese to everything lately – it always makes a dish taste that much better! This looks so tasty 🙂

  9. Nina

    I have everything but the cheese to make this in the morning. Could I substitue it with another?

  10. Karen @ Sugartown Sweets

    We’ve had a couple of chilly days here..this would be perfect! I like the thick soup part too. 🙂

  11. April

    Aloha Jenny,

    It’s never soup weather here – so we just pretend! I made this soup today – BIG HIT with my daughters! Thank you for the inspiration once again.

  12. Heather at Kitchen Concoctions

    Here I thought soup season was almost over but we have had some lovely cooler days the past few weeks that makes me want to run and make a big ole pot of some hearty warm soup! This recipe looks like it will fill that need!


    I’ve been gaping at your yummy dish for minutes! Wishing it would pop out for me to eat it. I think to settle my cravings is to try it. Oh my so yummy looking! =)

  14. Kameron

    you’re the best!

    thanks for the recipe – I think I just found dinner for Sunday! homemade bread and we’re done. 🙂

  15. Tara Lynn

    YUM! Thanks for sharing! Nothing beats some homemade soup. I may have to try it out this weekend.

  16. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Funny how things that you don’t think you should or “need” to blog about, those are the things people really want…and yes, this looks soooo delish & comforting!

  17. Julie @ Table for Two

    this look so comforting and delicious!! i love thick soups like this..i will totally be making this sometime soon 🙂

  18. Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser

    Oh yummmmmmmm! “Cheesy” grabbed me in, “Chicken” got me hooked, and “rice soup” was the final straw. I NEED to make this!

  19. Deborah

    You’ve gotta know that if you post it on IG, people are going to want it! 🙂 Love this and definitely bookmarking the recipe!

  20. Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine

    This looks totally divine, i am so glad you decided to post it on your blog!

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