Chicken and Rice Soup

Total Time:
1 hr 45 min
1 hr
45 min

6 servings

  • One 3-1/2 pound free-range chicken, cut into 8 pieces and patted dry
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 ribs celery, trimmed, diced
  • 2 medium leeks, light green and white part only, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 10 sprigs flat-leaf parsley plus 3 tablespoons finely chopped flat- leaf parsley leaves
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups homemade or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup converted long grain rice, cooked according to package instructions
  • Season the chicken with the 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat and melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the chicken, and saute until well browned, about 6 to 8 minutes on each side. Remove meat from the pan and pour off any fat left in the pan. Lower the heat to medium-low, add the remaining butter. Add the celery, leeks, and carrots, saute for 10 minutes.

  • Tie the parsley sprigs, thyme and bay leaf with a string and add to the pot along with the chicken and broth. Bring the soup to the boil, adjust the heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover, and cook for 25 minutes. Remove the chicken and bouquet garni. Skim any excess fat from the surface of the soup with a spoon or a ladle. When the chicken is cool enough to handle remove the meat from the bones and cut into 1-inch chunks; add the meat to the soup along with the rice. Cook until the meat and rice are heated through. Season the soup with salt and pepper and chopped parsley. Divide the soup among warm bowls and serve.

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My elderly mom lives a few hours away from me and she was feeling ill. She actually asked me to bring her some homemade soup and wanted Chicken and Rice. This was a perfect choice to impress her. I made it exactly as it is written and it was delicous. mwentworth_8346520, I guess many of us "twits" realize that soup made using a whole chicken that has been cooked in a broth is far better than soup using left over chicken. There truly is no comparison! As for the idea of using a Free range chicken, well that is a matter of personal choice, however a whole chicken will make a world of difference should you choose to make soup again. Excellent recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My super picky kids (and husband) will eat this soup, it's really good and nice flavor! The first review seems a little irrelevant though, I'm sure this soup could be made using whatever kind of chicken you need. item not reviewed by moderator and published
"Free-range chicken"? What kind of pretentious twit makes chicken soup of any variety with free-range chickens? Chicken soup is made of left-over chicken or ready cooked, sliced chicken from the frozen food section. Soup is for quick, easy meals on cold nights, when the family has football/basketball games to get to, or there's nothing else in the refrigerator until grocery shopping day. Let's do a better job of editing these recipies to avoid highly critical review like this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe was awsome, I have 3 very picky eating children and they loved this recipe I tried. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made a huge pot of this soup for my husband after he had his wisdom teeth taken out. The chicken was so soft and tender, even for him. I substituted scallions for leeks and used brown rice. Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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