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. Oh, wow! This looks so easy and YUMMY! Looking forward to it! I love using the rotisserie chicken…it is so tender and if chicken breasts are not on sale, it is usually cheaper just to buy this and it’s already cooked! A great, last minute, “what am I gonna cook for supper” recipe! Thanks! Oh, and I cant’ tell my girls what to wear either:)

    1. I made this tonight! Loved it! I did use the potato flakes. And I also had some green onions (left from the corn chowder on Monday:) and I chopped some and stirred in bowls of those that wanted them…I loved them in there.

  2. Just have to say, thanks again for another great recipe! Made this yesterday as an appetizer for our BBQ chicken supper and it was a big hit!!

  3. Thanks for making me feel good about my fashion sense. I’m about 1 step ahead of you, not even close to Katy’s level. : )

    Oooo, that’s a great tip on the rice! I’ll do that! Yummy sounding recipe!

  4. You always make me smile. Love Katy Rose and her Fashion Police debut. My Katy is older but I always say the “shopping gene” skipped me & went directly to her. Love this recipe. I always make chicken broth after we have a BBQ chicken & freeze the broth. Now it will be a great way to use the broth with your recipe. Thanks

  5. Christy, you are awesome. And genuine. And your stories are funny. I really wish you were a neighbor. I’d have a glass of tea with you every evening. And I am very blessed to have a Bass Pro Shop less than 4 miles down the road from me. 🙂 My kids, on the other hand, love it as much as I do!

  6. Hi again Christy, Thank you so much for your kind response regarding my daughter’s friend, Joy, who has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and thanks as well for your prayers and for those from your readers. I saw some very thoughtful posts on here and I thank you all. Joy has quite a road ahead of her, but she’s coming to the end of her first round of chemotherapy on Oct 8th. She wants to go back to school on Oct 9th, brave girl that she is! She can’t return to school just yet, due to the risk of infection though. I will definitely keep you updated on her progress. I had planned to bring her family a batch of your Chicken and Rice soup, which I am sure is a total home run, but I am instead, going to bring them some of your Angel Chicken, which, I am convinced, will be a grand-slam. Joy’s teacher told me that Joy likes chicken alot, so keep them chicken recipes comin’! I’ll be browsing your site this weekend in the older archives for ideas and more of your stories. Speaking of your family stories, I am VERY glad to have found your website and to be able to read your posts, with fun glimpses into your family’s life from the day to day. ( I still can’t get Katy Rose’s forlorn little face out of my head – so precious!) I feel sorry for Debbie, a previous poster, who berated you so rudely for sharing your family life in your posts. I am sorry she was so ignorant to you, but I am proud of the way you handled her with the utmost of grace. That’s how I knew I could count on you for prayers for Joy…. Hey, maybe Debbie needs prayers too! Maybe she’s going through something rough in her life as well. In any case, you showed yourself to be a true diamond in THAT rough place. You are a wonderful example! Thanks again.

  7. I just made a HUGE pot of chicken stock. Now I have something to make with the chicken. A Saturday project!
    My daughter, Sarah, is 22 now. To say she had a unique fashion style when she was young would be putting it mildly. It got to the point that when she was in middle school, she was not allowed to come see me after she dressed. Otherwise, I would spend the entire school day obsessing over what she was wearing. Plaids, stripes, argyles and colors that should never ever be near each other. Ever. One of her teachers with whom we are still friends still laughs about the outfits. These days, Sarah is my brilliant stylist. I’m not allowed to shop without her, and I thank God every day for her style sense.

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