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Zesty Spanish Rice Chicken Soup Recipe

My Zesty Spanish Rice Chicken Soup Recipe is simple to prepare for those busy weeknights and is full of great Mexican flavor!

Zesty Spanish Rice Chicken Soup

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I am celebrating with this delicious and so simple to prepare Mexican style soup. It’s packed with my homemade spanish rice, vegetables and chunks of chicken in a flavorful zesty broth.

Cholula is my go to hot sauce for everything. It flavored my broth perfectly without being too spicy. We love it in my house!

Be sure to check out Amanda’s Firecracker Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Corn Salsa HERE for another fun Cholula Cinco de Mayo recipe.

Zesty Spanish Rice Chicken Soup

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for your soup. Simple pantry and refrigerator items. To save yourself some time, cook your chicken ahead of time so it’s ready to go 🙂

Zesty Spanish Rice Chicken Soup

 Start by sautéing your onions.

Zesty Spanish Rice Chicken Soup

Add your carrots and some fresh garlic. Cook and stir until slightly softened.

Zesty Spanish Rice Chicken Soup

Add your cooked rice. and seasonings.

Zesty Spanish Rice Chicken Soup

Finish up the spanish rice by adding salt, pepper, tomato sauce and chicken broth to start the soup.

Zesty Spanish Rice Chicken Soup

Dice your chicken and add it to the pot.

Zesty Spanish Rice Chicken Soup

 Season the soup with Cholula hot sauce. I used 4 tablespoons, but use more or less to according to your liking.

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Add some fresh cilantro and or parsley and simmer on low until you are ready to serve!

Zesty Spanish Rice Chicken Soup

Spoon into your favorite bowl and enjoy!

Zesty Spanish Rice Chicken Soup


Zesty Spanish Rice Chicken Soup

Zesty Spanish Rice Chicken SoupPrep time: 20 min | Cook time: 30 min | Total time: 50 min


  • 2 cups uncooked rice of choice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh garlic
  • 3 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 64 ounces reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 10 ounce can Rotel diced tomatoes, mild
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 cups diced cooked chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup Cholula Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro


  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. Heat oil in large dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onions, carrots and garlic for 5-10 minutes, stirring often. Add rice, cumin, salt and pepper, stirring to combine. Stir in tomato sauce.
  3. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, lime juice and hot sauce and cilantro, stirring. Simmer on low until ready to serve.

**NOTE: The rice soaks up the broth the longer it simmers, add more as needed.**

Makes 10-12 Servings

This is a sponsored post for Cholula however thoughts and opinion are my own.

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  1. 1
    Medeja says:

    This sounds like a really yummy warming dish!

  2. 2

    My boys love chicken soup with rice…this is a fabulous variation!! And I’m all about any meal I can prep during baby naps 🙂

  3. 3

    Ohhhh yummy! I may have to make it for Cinco de Mayo!

  4. 4

    What a tasty chicken and rice soup!

  5. 5
    Maria says:

    Perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

  6. 6

    What a great soup to have on any weeknight plus today on Cinco de Mayo!!

  7. 7

    Mmmm….this sounds amazing! I’m thinking dinner tonight!

  8. 8
    patricia van dyke says:

    Jenny, do you know the nutritional info on this recipe?

  9. 9
    Stefanie says:

    I love love your blog and I would like to pin your recipes more often…..for months however, I’ve had a lot of trouble pinning them on both my phone and ipad. Thanks, I hope for lots of pinning in the future 🙂

    • 9.1
      Ellen says:

      I am having the same problem. When you point to Pinterest the icon disappears.

      • 9.1.1
        Jenny says:

        Thanks for letting me know Ellen. Can you tell me what browser you are using. It seems to be working on my end. Would love to send this info to my designer.

    • 9.2
      Jenny says:

      Thanks for letting me know Stephanie. Can you tell me what browser you are using. It seems to be working on my end. Would love to send this info to my designer.

  10. 10
    naomi says:

    I love the use of Cholula in this–it totally makes it!

  11. 11
    marla says:

    Jenny, this soup looks so wonderful & healthy too!

  12. 12

    Happy Cinco de Mayo! Now I need to go make my self a bowl of this soup and enjoy the Mexican flavors!

  13. 13

    oh, I LOVE cholula!! this soup looks great Jenny!!

  14. 14
    Liz says:

    Sounds nice – thank you.

  15. 15
    Tieghan says:

    Cholula totally makes almost anything better in my mind. this look awesome!

  16. 16
    TerriG says:

    I notice Rotel in pics but you didn’t use it in recipe. Is that an oversight?

  17. 17
    Winnie says:

    This looks yummy. I just picked up 2 bottles of this hot sauce and a sack of rice this weekend, so I will give this a try! Thanks.

  18. 18
    Gaby says:

    This is my kind of comfort food!

  19. 19

    Great recipe! I have never thought I could put a rice into the chicken soup. I will try this for sure. Thanks for the step by step tutorial.

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  21. 21
    Carrie says:

    Holy cow this sounds good!

  22. 22
    Thea says:

    This looks and sounds delish! Question about products in photo, Rotel-did you add tomatoes, and the bright green container is? Thank you!

  23. 23

    Hey! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe. It’s not often that I find such a great recipe and actually already HAVE the ingredients 🙂 Thanks for posting this.

  24. 24

    My husband love chicken soup with rice, and I am gonna try this to night

  25. 25
    V says:

    I notice lime juice and rotel in the picture but do not see them in the recipe… How much of these are needed? Thanks.

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  27. 27
    Ginny says:

    Just made this and it was absolutely delicious! But did you by any chance mean 2 cups COOKED rice instead of uncooked? I ended up having to add an additional 32 oz of chicken broth.

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