Easy Chicken and Rice Soup

This flavorful and easy chicken and rice soup recipe includes tender chicken cooked in creamy broth with Italian seasoning. It’s a quick, easy, hearty, and oh-so-filling comfort food dish.

A spoonful of easy chicken and rice soup.

This easy chicken and rice soup recipe is simple to make and absolutely delicious. It’s one of those comforting meals you can throw together in the time it takes to cook your rice. It’s perfect for a sick day, a hard day, a long day, or a lovely day that just needs a light and lovely finish.

The ingredients are few, but they are enough to give it a wonderful flavor that will have ’em coming back for more. You’re going to need shredded rotisserie chicken, chicken broth, heavy cream, Italian dressing mix, dried parsley, white rice, and instant potato flakes.

The instructions are as simple as combining the chicken broth with the seasonings, adding the shredded chicken, bringing the ingredients to a boil then simmering. Then we stir in the cream and potato flakes (the best soup thickener), and your creamy chicken soup is done! Pop a bed of cooked white rice into your serving bowl and ladle the soup on top. Now that’s what you call a quick and easy chicken and rice soup.

I like to serve it with a side of warm crusty bread to soak up that creamy and flavorful soup broth, but there are more serving suggestions below. It’s also important to note that I’m making enough for 6 to 8 servings because I love soup leftovers. Meal prep, anyone? But feel free to half this recipe if you’d like to feed only 4.

 Now let me show you how easy it is to make this delicious homemade chicken soup.

Labeled ingredients for my easy chicken and rice soup.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Chicken broth
  • Rice
  • Heavy cream
  • Italian dressing mix
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Dried parsley flakes
  • Instant potato flakes

How to Make My Easy Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

Add chicken broth to stockpot.

First of all, get your rice cooking. Cook two cups of dry rice according to the packet directions.

If you want to have a heartier soup, make more. If you want a lighter soup, cook less.

While the rice is cooking, pour the chicken stock into a large stockpot.

Add Italian dressing mix to stockpot.

Add in your packet of dry Italian dressing mix.

Add dried parsley to stockpot.

And the dried parsley.

Whisk ingredients together.

Give those ingredients a good stir together.

Add shredded chicken to stockpot.

Take your cooked chicken off the bone and shred it, then add it to the pot.

Place this over medium heat and bring just to a boil, stirring every so often.

Then, reduce heat to a simmer.

Add cream to stockpot.

Add cream.

Add instant potato flakes to stockpot.

If you like, you can also add instant potato flakes at this point. 

Creamy soup ingredients all mixed together.

Stir that all up well until your chicken soup looks a little bit like this.

Place 1/2 cup of cooked rice into a bowl.

Place about 1/2 cup of cooked rice in a bowl.

Ladle soup over rice in bowl.

Ladle servings of soup over the rice and stir.

Bowl of easy chicken and rice soup.

Serve with warm crusty bread or whatever you’re in the mood to serve it with.

Spoonful of easy chicken and rice soup.



  • Store the rice and soup in separate airtight containers in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat either in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.
  • You can also freeze them in separate containers for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating as above.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use half and half or even milk in place of the cream. It won’t add the rich buttery flavor that cream does.
  • If you’re choosing to cook a whole chicken yourself, here’s what you need to do. Cover a whole fryer with water in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for an hour, or until chicken is done and broth is rich. Remove chicken. Proceed with step 2. Be sure to add salt to taste if you make your own broth.
  • This recipe works great with any kind of leftover chicken breast, leftover roast chicken, or even leftover turkey during the holidays. You just want roughly 2 cups of shredded chicken in total.
  • Want to add some veggies to your chicken rice soup? You’ll want to saute them in the stockpot with oil before adding the chicken stock and proceeding with the instructions as directed. Popular soup veggie options include chopped onion, a couple of chopped carrots, a chopped zucchini, and/or a couple of chopped celery ribs.
  • If you don’t want a creamy chicken and rice soup, feel free to just omit the cream. The soup will still taste flavorful and delicious.
  • Instead of adding dried parsley to the soup, you can garnish individual servings with chopped fresh parsley.

Recipe FAQs

How do you thicken chicken soup?

I love to use instant potato flakes as a soup thickener. I find they give my soup a little more body without altering the flavor. 

Should I cook rice before adding it to the soup?

Now, I don’t personally stir the rice directly into the soup. If we did and were planning on having leftovers, the next day that rice would be all bloated up, and the soup would look more like a weird rice pudding. So just keep them separate until serving. Cooked rice refrigerates and even freezes well anyway.

What is the best rice to use in soup?

White rice is the best rice to serve with soup, like long grain white rice, jasmine rice, or basmati rice. But other options include wild rice for chicken wild rice soup and brown rice.

What do you serve with chicken and rice soup?

Serve your chicken rice soup with some sort of bread side dish to soak up the broth, like crusty bread, cornbread, garlic bread, or a soft buttermilk biscuit.

You may also like these sensational soup recipes:

Southwest Chicken Soup

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup Recipe

How To Make Chicken Noodle Soup

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Spoonful of easy chicken and rice soup.

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup

This flavorful and easy chicken and rice soup recipe includes tender chicken cooked in creamy broth with Italian seasoning.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, rice, soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 332kcal


  • 64 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 0.7-ounce packet Italian dressing mix
  • 1 cup instant potato flakes (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley (optional)


  • Pour broth into a large stockpot. Stir in Italian dressing mix and parsley if using.
    64 ounces chicken broth, 1 tablespoon dried parsley (optional), 1 0.7-ounce packet Italian dressing mix
  • Debone and shred chicken then add it to the pot. Place over medium heat and bring just to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer while rice cooks.
    1 shredded rotisserie chicken
  • Cook rice according to package directions.
    2 cups uncooked white rice
  • When the rice is done, stir cream and potato flakes into the soup.
    1 cup heavy cream, 1 cup instant potato flakes (optional)
  • Fill each individual bowl with 1/2 cup of cooked rice. Top with soup and stir to combine. Enjoy!


Serving: 6g | Calories: 332kcal
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  1. I can so relate to Katy Rose. I love clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry and perfumes. I am retired and reside alone but I still put on all my “stuff” everyday because I do it for me and my sense of self esteem. I also like to be all matched and /or coordinated no matter what fashion gurus now say about it not being necessary. I also follow the rules such as no white shoes before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. I have three grown boys so never got to teach a little girl the essentials!

    1. elaineraye.. I SOO wish I were like you. I love seeing women dressed up and
      “matchy, matchy” so to speak. I am retired and am ashamed to say it is almost 2:00 p.m. and I am still in my p.j.s. You are my inspiration and I am gonna try and be more like you from now on!

      1. Loved your comment-but seriously give it a try. I feel better and more motivated. I,too, have occasional “veg out” days , but I tend to feel like I must be sick or grieving if I am still slopping about in my housecoat! I also think someone might drop by and I would be embarrassed. To each his own I guess… I am far less judgmental as I age as I have learned to not sweat the small stuff. Have a great afternoon.

        1. Okay I’m with ya on the hair and makeup! Even when I had just broke my legs, in ICU, I touched up my makeup. And I did my hair and makeup every single day I was in the hospital bed.
          My mama told me, when I got married, “Every day when you wake up, do your hair and makeup. And you’ll just feel better!” I haven’t missed a day without in almost 30 years!
          I also do it for myself because Mama was right, I just feel better 🙂

  2. I hadn’t thought of cooking the rice separately — and I can’t figure out why it never dawned on me because I always cook noodles or other pasta separately and then ladle the soup over it.

    I guess some people are taught fashion sense, but I think most are just born with it. A while back i overheard my then 2-1/2-year-old granddaughter say to her mother as she was getting her dressed to go out to dinner, “Mommy, I don’t think that is a very cute dress for me.”

  3. Good thought on separating the rice! I’ve done that before with noodles for chicken noodle soup. I hate how bloated they get as leftovers. I don’t know if I would’ve thought to do that with rice!
    (And I love the story about Katy – sometimes I wish I had a girl, but mostly I’m thankful I have boys! LOL!)

  4. Christy – As Always, loved the story you told before the recipe! I cannot wait to try this soup recipe. It sounds GREAT.

  5. I’m so dumb! I never though about having the rice separate from the soup. I often end up with a pot full of chicken flavored rice!

    What a precious little girl you have. My little girl is now 30! Time flies, but I now have three grandchildren!

    1. Sounds to me like you’re smart enough to make chicken and rice soup for your family so you are smart indeed! This here is just a little tip you hadn’t thought of yet, but I bet you know oodles of tips I haven’t thought of yet, too!
      Three grandchildren! Goodness, isn’t it crazy to think of ourselves as adults, much less mothers and grandmothers! lol

  6. Christy, ALWAYS love to read your stories … they REALLY brighten my day and make me laugh!! Was so happy to read your post this morning — no brace or boot!! YEAH!!!! This soup is perfect for our dinner tonight as I severely rolled my ankle this morning while pruining a tree. I guess God decided that I need to take today off and sit in the recliner with my feet up. A great day to catch up on emails, read a book and sip some sweet tea! Blessings ….

    1. Oh Susan thank you so much! You just put the biggest smile on my face! I just appreciate you being here and sticking with me through my stories 🙂 I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle but I love your attitude! I think God did want you to take a break today and I’m sure you deserve it!
      Feel better soon!

  7. I bought these chicken bowls, thanks for the idea. Was going to make indidual servings of tuna noodle but this looks so much better.

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