Chicken Soup with Rice & Vegetables

A hearty, healthy  soup filled with chicken, vegetables and rice is the perfect answer to “What is for dinner tonight?”, Chicken Soup with Rice and Vegetables.

Chicken  Soup with Rice  & Vegetables- Healthy, Low Calorie, Low Fat - Pin it to your Soup board

Have you ever heard of the children’s book “Chicken Soup with Rice”?  My daughter learned it in pre-school and sang it constantly.  Flash forward three years, and I found myself with lots of leftover rice, chicken and chicken stock. Poof!  The song about Chicken Soup with Rice, comes to mind.  I get a little giddy thinking about my little one being thrilled to eat “chicken soup with rice” just like her book. I thought I was so smart and creative.

I couldn’t wait until she got home from school to tell her. Lucy, our dog, and I were sitting on the porch waiting for her. She ran up the path and I said “Guess what? I made “chicken soup with rice”.  Her reply “Seriously, Mom”. No, not the “Seriously” as in I am so happy you made this delicious soup for me, but the “Seriously” with the eye roll. The kind of seriously that reminds me of a teenager talking to a parent who is embarrassing them. She went from 7 years old to 13 in a nano-second. My heart sank just a little.

My little girl is growing up too quickly, and sometimes I forget that she is a big grown up 2nd grader now. When she came into the house, she asked what smelled so delicious. A glimmer of hope reached my heart.  I couldn’t help myself “Chicken Soup with Rice” I chanted. She rolled her eyes again, but ran to the pot and asked for a taste. I gave her a spoonful. Oh that is delicious, can I have a bowl now? Ha! She didn’t want some fun snack, but a bowl of healthy Chicken Vegetable Soup with Rice. In my mind, I did the “Mommy Happy Dance”. She may not have appreciated my attempt at whimsy, but she sure did enjoy the soup. Mommy 1, Lyla 0.

 

Chicken Vegetable Soup with Rice - Healthy, Low Calorie, Low Fat - Pin it to your Soup board

This makes a big pot.  We are actually having leftover soup tonight with some no-knead bread.  I do adore leftover night.  Plus this is a very economical meal.  Soup is a great way to stretch your dollars (or pounds or whatever currency you use).  At the end of the week, throw your leftover vegetables into a pot with some stock, and you will have a delicious soup.  Homemade chicken stock really does make this soup special, but you can use store-bought.  They are getting so much better.

Chicken Soup with Rice and Vegetables also comes together quickly.  It doesn’t need to simmer for hours.  Here’s a little tip.  If you have store-bought chicken broth, buy chicken breasts that are still on the bone.  You don’t want any skin.  Cook it on the bone, and it will help infuse more chicken flavor into the store-bought stock.  Plus chicken still on the bone is usually cheaper, another money-saving tip.

Grab a spoon, a pretty bowl and enjoy a bowl of hearty and healthy Chicken Vegetable Soup with Rice.  I hope you will come back on Tuesday for a new recipe, Pumpkin Cornbread.

Chicken Vegetable Soup with Rice - Healthy, Low Calorie, Low Fat - Pin it to your Soup board

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Chicken Vegetable Soup with Rice

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings
Calories 54 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 3 cups sliced carrot
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 1/2 cups roughly chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 ¼ lb chicken breast boneless, skinless
  • 8 cups home-made or low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups cooked white or brown rice

Instructions

  1. Place Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat, add oil and spread around the pot.
  2. Add carrots, celery, onion and, garlic. Cover the pot and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add poultry seasoning, 1/2 tsp kosher salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute
  4. Add chicken broth, chicken, bay leaf and more salt if needed.
  5. Bring to a simmer and cook until chicken is done, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  6. Place chicken breasts on a cutting board and shred.
  7. Place chicken and rice into the pot and simmer until rice is hot.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 2 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Vegetable Soup with Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 54 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. Charlotte Moore says
    I love chicken and rice soup with veggies. Sometimes I will put noodles instead of rice. I like barley too.
  2. Looks so warm, I want to crawl into the bowl! We just made a soup with rice in it yesterday - great addition!
  3. Hooray for soup season!
  4. Lynda Krupansky says
    New subscriber...Love your blog! I try to use my crock pot for making soups...any suggestions for making the chicken w/ veges & rice soup?
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Lynda, Thank you so much for subscribing to Food Done Light. If I was going to make this in a slow cooker, I would follow steps 1 through 3. Then put everything but the rice in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours. Take the chicken out and shred it. Then put the rice and the chicken back in on low for 30 minutes. I would also use chicken breast still on the bone. That will help keep it from drying out.
  5. when do you add the chicken?
  6. I could use a big bowl of that hot delicious comfort right about now!
  7. I love chicken and vegetable soups! This is definitely perfect for a delicious weeknight meal, thanks for sharing the yummy recipe!
  8. This soup looks lovely and I am hoping for cooler weather soon!
  9. Hello... New subscriber. I was wondering if the leftovers can be frozen for another nights dinner?
  10. thank you for the healthy dinner suggestion!
  11. now I'm going to have that song in my head for days :) but it's okay because i LOVE chicken soup with rice
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Heather, I sing that song every time I think of the soup. I just can't help it. Luckily the soup is so good, I soon forget about the song. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  12. Well, no matter how old she gets, things like this chicken soup with rice will hold a special place in her memories - and one day, it will get brought up without the eye roll :)
  13. This is the perfect bowl of yumminess to warm up! Looks delicious.
  14. Your soup sounds and looks great! My 10 year old today told me to stop talking to him like a baby because it was annoying. I think the change in tone that resulted from THAT little comment wasn't quite what he was going for, but either way I think he won't be repeating that one anytime soon!

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