Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

I made this tonight for my family. Mainly because I am trying to get back to myself after a not so wonderful week of eating while on vacation. Everyone liked it and it will become a regular here!

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium carrots, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
2 celery ribs, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
4 fresh thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf
2 quarts chicken stock or broth (we use low sodium)
1 cup of water
1 cup long grain white rice
1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place a soup pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaf. Cook and stir for about 6 minutes, until the vegetables are softened but not browned. Pour in the chicken broth and water- bring the liquid to a boil. Add in the rice and chicken; season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium-low until the rice is tender-about 30 minutes. Serve hot.

*Note-for the shredded chicken I used 2 large chicken breasts. You can boil in a pot of water on the stove. I sprayed a pan with cooking spray and cooked that way instead. Then I added the chicken-which I cut into large pieces. Boil or cook the chicken until it is cooked all the way through and there is no pink left. This will take about 7 minutes or so. Drain the water and shred the chicken once it is cooled. I use 2 forks to shred the chicken. *

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