Chicken Soup With Rice

Circle of Chicken: Chicken Soup With Rice

There are two soups–plucked from my favorite childhood books–that fill some cozy recess of my soul, and chicken soup with rice is one of them.

Chicken Soup With Rice Maurice Sendak

A craving for chicken soup with rice took hold of me last week, seemingly out of the blue. In fact, I don’t have any memory of actually eating this soup, except perhaps at some diner that offered it as the soup of the day.

So I have no idea if this is an “authentic” chicken and rice soup recipe, it’s just the dish I always pictured when I read Maurice Sendak’s Chicken Soup With Rice. And it does seem to me like the kind of soup you can eat at any time of the year: warm and comforting, like a hug for your tummy.

Plus, I realized, this would make an excellent Circle of Chicken recipe, using the leftover meat from Perfect Roast Chicken and eight cups of Golden Chicken Broth of Happiness. This makes it incredibly convenient and inexpensive to make.

Golden Chicken Broth of Happiness

Chicken broth, ready and waiting from the freezer!

Now, if you are craving this soup and don’t have these items on hand, go right ahead with some best-quality canned or boxed broth and some shredded rotisserie chicken (or pop a chicken breast or two in with the rice, and then remove it, shred, and return it to the soup after it’s cooked through).

However, top-quality ingredients are the key to making a simple soup like this shine. I threw it together in about 30 minutes last night, and my husband is still raving about how good it was!

Chicken Soup With Rice
Serves 6

You need:

1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into 1/4″-1/2″ dice
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
8 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
1 1/2-2 cups leftover chicken, chopped or shredded
2-3 cups of water, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste

Warm the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot, and garlic and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium-low and continue to cook until onion is soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.
Garlic, carrot, onion--oh my!

Garlic, carrot, onion–oh my!

Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil; add the rice and stir. Let simmer 15 minutes, or until rice is soft. Add the leftover chicken and water, if desired (my soup got quite thick). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with some warm bread and butter.
Chicken Soup With Rice

Chicken soup with rice, perfect for any month of the year.

Do you have any go-to soup recipes? Favorite children’s books? Post them below!

"Free" French Vegetable Soup

Circle of Chicken Part 4: “Free” French Vegetable Soup

Welcome back to the Circle of Chicken, in which we start with one roast chicken and produce the basis for 16+ meals*. Today we have reached Part 4, where we’ll use some of your glorious, homemade chicken broth to make “Free” French Vegetable Soup! Just joining us? Make sure to check out Part 1: Perfect Roast Chicken, Part 2: Golden Chicken Broth of Happiness, and Part 3: Make Hash (or Casserole) While the Sun Shines!

How this soup be “Free,” you ask? Well, it’s not, not really. But since I use it to clear out my vegetable bin, I rarely have to buy anything to make it. Read on!

Does it sound like I’m saying this soup has a great personality? It kind of does. But it’s a personality of your choosing–or one determined by fate! That makes it kind of exciting, in my book.

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Chicken Broth

Circle of Chicken Part 2: Golden Chicken Broth of Happiness

Let’s be straight with one another: does the Internet really need another chicken broth recipe? Or roast chicken recipe? Not really. There are probably hundreds of versions you can find. What I’m trying to communicate with this Circle of Chicken series is how to fully use a chicken–to take every part of it and get the full benefit out of it, resulting in 16+ meals. Hopefully this compact set of recipes will help you save money, reduce waste, and–most importantly–eat delicious food!

So you’ve already made your Perfect Roast Chicken and impressed your friends and family. Now it’s time to enter Part 2 of the Circle of Chicken: strip that carcass down and use the bones to make an incredible broth that you can either use right away in soups or risotto, or freeze for later use.

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