Weeknight Chicken & Rice Soup

Sharing our favorite chicken and rice soup today! My Weeknight Chicken & Rice Soup is good for the stomach and the soul! It’s packed with chicken, rice, vegetables, bacon and more! Enjoy!

Chicken and Rice Soup

Chicken and Rice Soup

Doesn’t get much better than my Weeknight Chicken Soup! Homemade soup doesn’t have to take all day in the kitchen. With my tips and tricks, you’ll have this gorgeous pot of comfort food on your table in about 30 minutes.

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Chicken and Rice Soup

You’ll need some basic ingredients to get you started. For speedy prep time buy pre-cooked chicken such as a Rotisserie. I also LOVE getting my carrots, celery and onion already chopped. Trader Joe’s has an awesome little package all ready for your soup needs. Cook the rice ahead of time and I also use microwave bacon to save even more time!

Chicken and Rice Soup

Once your oil is hot, saute the carrots, onion and celery along with minced garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, or until softened.

How To Make The BEST Chicken Soup

  1. Heat oil in 5 quart pot over medium heat. When oil is hot add onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until softened. Stir in chicken, chicken broth, rice, Ranch Dressing mix, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Stir in crumbed bacon and fresh parsley. Reduce heat to simmer until ready to serve.

Chicken and Rice Soup

Add your cooked shredded chicken to the pot.

Chicken and Rice Soup

Pour in the chicken broth.

Chicken and Rice Soup

Stir in the cooked rice.

Chicken and Rice Soup

Stir in one packet of Ranch Dressing mix. This gives the entire soup it’s flavor.

Chicken and Rice Soup

Add the cooked, crumbled bacon.

Chicken and Rice Soup

Stir all ingredients together and simmer until ready to serve. This is a weeknight favorite this time of year!

Chicken and Rice Soup

Tips For Making Chicken & Rice Soup

  1. For weeknight meals, take advantage of using pre-cooked meats, pre-chopped vegetables and even cooked rice. Having these items in your refrigerator helps when whipping up quick fix weeknight meals.
  2. Weeknight Chicken Rice Soup makes the perfect meal to bring to new moms or families in need of dinner. It’s comforting, quick to prepare and hearty.
  3. Serve Weeknight Chicken Rice Soup with a green salad and crusty bread if desired.
  4. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
Weeknight Chicken Rice Soup

Weeknight Chicken & Rice Soup

My Weeknight Chicken & Rice Soup is good for the stomach and the soul! It's packed with chicken, rice, vegetables, bacon and more! Enjoy!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 375kcal
Author: Jenny
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Equipment

  • Stove

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken such as rotisserie
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked white rice I used basmati
  • 1 packet Ranch Dressing dry mix
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 20 strips cooked crisp bacon crumbled (I used microwave bacon)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Heat oil in 5 quart pot over medium heat. When oil is hot add onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until softened. Stir in chicken, chicken broth, rice, Ranch Dressing mix, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Stir in crumbed bacon and fresh parsley. Reduce heat to simmer until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 676mg | Potassium: 356mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2005IU | Vitamin C: 9.4mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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4 Responses
  1. Amanda

    Have you ever used brown rice for this? I’m not opposed to white rice I just don’t have any on hand but have everything else to whip this up for dinner!

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