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Rooster and Rice Soup – Nicky’s Kitchen Sanctuary

A creamy, comforting and filling dinner. This rooster and rice soup, completed with lemon and parmesan, is a good way to make use of up leftover cooked rooster. A small quantity of rice goes a good distance!

A spoonful being taken from a bowl of chicken and rice soup. There is a further bowl of soup and some bread slices in the background.
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Most likely essentially the most Wintery-warming soup going. This soup is beautiful and thick and leaves you feeling completely glad!

It is also the primary recipe video we have shot in our new kitchen!
We moved to Devon again on the finish of 2020, and instantly sought planning permission to increase the kitchen and knock by a few partitions.

It took about 18 months to get the permissions and builders in place, and we had been lastly capable of begin utilizing the kitchen in December.
I am so excited and grateful with the way it all turned out. Though the builders did the principle constructing work, Chris put in the kitchen, together with portray each single cabinet by hand.
There’re nonetheless some bits left to do within the kitchen (I have not even completed filling up the cabinets and drawers but), and we nonetheless have to make a begin on the pantry, however we could not wait to begin utilizing it for filming.

Hopefully we’ll be capable of perform a little kitchen tour as soon as it is totally accomplished. We’ll get it up on our YouTube channel quickly.

So, again to the soup:

📋 What do we want?

Ingredients for chicken and rice soup on a wooden board
  • Cooked, shredded rooster – you should use breast or thigh meat for this (leftover shredded turkey works equally nicely)
  • Rice – I take advantage of lengthy grain rice for this, however basmati or basmati-wild-rice-mix additionally work nicely. In the event you needed to make use of brown rice or pure wild rice, this takes longer to cook dinner (often 15-20 minutes extra) and would require an additional cup (240ml) of inventory.
  • Inventory – Water plus inventory cubes is ok, or you could possibly use do-it-yourself inventory you probably have some handy.
  • Cream and milk – use full fats for the most effective style, ESPECIALLY if you happen to’re meaning to freeze any leftovers (low fats dairy tends to separate when freezing/reheating).

📺 Watch the best way to make it

Full recipe with detailed steps within the recipe card on the finish of this put up.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP It is a thick, hearty soup. In the event you needed it a bit of thinner, add in additional inventory or milk in direction of the tip of cooking, to get it to the consistency of your liking.

Overhead image of a light grey bowl filled with chicken and rice soup on a light surface. There is a gold spoon in the soup. There is a further bowl of soup and some slices of bread at the top of the frame.

🍽️ What to serve it with

This soup is fairly filling, so it would not really want bread or facet dishes, until you are further hungry. In case you are…

Take a look at how pretty and luscious that’s 😋

Close up of a spoonful being taken from a bowl of chicken and rice soup. There is a further bowl of soup and some bread slices in the background.

I’ve included some directions within the notes part of the recipe card for variations to this recipe – together with ingredient swaps, lowering or rising the amount, making forward, freezing and making within the sluggish cooker.

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Rooster and Rice Soup

A creamy, comforting and filling dinner. This rooster and rice soup, completed with lemon and parmesan, is a good way to make use of up leftover cooked rooster. A small quantity of rice goes a good distance!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook dinner Time 40 minutes

Complete Time 50 minutes

Servings 4

Energy 458 kcal


  • Warmth the oil in a big saucepan over a medium warmth.

    2 tbsp olive oil

  • Add the onion, celery and carrots to the pan and fry for 4-5 minutes, till simply beginning to soften.

    1 onion, 2 sticks of celery, 2 medium carrots

  • Add the flour to the pan and stir collectively utilizing a whisk to coat the greens within the flour.

    2 tbsp plain

  • Pour within the milk, slowly, while stirring with the whisk, till the milk is totally blended in.

    120 ml (½ cup) milk (full fats or semi-skimmed)

  • Add the inventory and dried thyme and stir once more.

    1.2 litres (5 cups) sizzling rooster inventory, 1 tsp dried thyme

  • Add the rice, carry to the boil, then flip down the warmth and simmer for 25 minutes – stirring often, till the rice is tender.

    105 g (½ cup) raw lengthy grain rice

  • Add within the rooster, lemon juice, cream, parmesan, salt and pepper.

    250 g (2 cups) leftover cooked, shredded rooster, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 80 ml (⅓ cup) double (heavy) cream, 50 g (½ cup) grated parmesan cheese, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp black pepper

  • Stir collectively and warmth for 2-3 minutes till the rooster is warmed by.

  • Serve topped with contemporary parsley.

    2 tbsp contemporary parsley

✎ Notes

Can I make it forward?
You can also make it forward, however the soup will thicken because it cools, and the rice will take up extra liquid, so it’s going to change into softer.

  • Make the soup, then cool, cowl and refrigerate for as much as 2 days.
  • Reheat in a pan, over a low warmth, stirring often, till piping sizzling all through.
  • In the event you needed to loosen up the soup, add a splash of inventory or water whilst you’re reheating the soup.

Can I freeze it?
Sure (make sure you use full-fat cream and milk within the recipe, as decrease fats variations might cut up upon defrosting/reheating).

  • Make the soup, then cool, cowl and freeze in parts. Defrost within the fridge in a single day, then reheat as per the reheating directions above.

Ingredient swaps

  • Swap out the rooster for turkey
  • Swap out the carrots and celery for different greens that may take an extended ish (25 minute+) cooking time, with out going mushy. Mushrooms, butternut squash, broad beans, brussel sprouts and contemporary corn are good choices.
  • For extra tender veg – add them in nearer to the tip of the cooking time:
    • Smallish items of broccoli, cauliflower, inexperienced beans, candy potato chunks – add them in about 10-Quarter-hour earlier than the tip of cooking.
    • Spinach, kale, frozen peas – add them in about 5 minutes earlier than the tip of cooking.

scale up and scale down this recipe
You possibly can halve or double this recipe, sticking to the identical ingredient ratios.
If doubling, it might take a couple of minutes longer for all the pieces to return to the boil, however simmering time is identical.

Sluggish Cooker 
I’ve discovered that the rice turns into too mushy and claggy when making this within the sluggish cooker. So if I do make it within the sluggish cooker, I scale back the quantity of inventory i am utilizing to approx 950ml/4 cups), and I add in cooked rice on the finish, to simply warmth it by.
So, for the sluggish cooker:

  • Make the recipe as much as (and together with) the purpose you add the inventory (utilizing 950ml/4 cups inventory as a substitute of the quantity said within the recipe) and thyme.
  • Then add the shredded rooster (OR you may substitute the cooked rooster with uncooked rooster – utilizing both 2 rooster breasts, 3-4 rooster thighs or 4-6 rooster drumsticks).
  • Cook dinner for 4-5 hours on low.
  • In the event you used uncooked rooster, then at this level take away the rooster and shred the meat, then add the meat again in (discarding the bones/pores and skin).
  • Add within the salt, pepper, lemon juice, cream and parmesan PLUS 300g/10.50z/1.75 cups of COOKED lengthy grain rice and warmth by for an additional 10 minutes or so, till piping sizzling.

Dietary info is approximate, per serving. This recipe serves 4.


Energy: 458kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 25gFats: 24gSaturated Fats: 10gPolyunsaturated Fats: 3gMonounsaturated Fats: 10gLdl cholesterol: 85mgSodium: 1663mgPotassium: 490mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 5844IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 219mgIron: 2mg

Key phrases Consolation Meals, Stoup, winter meals

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Hello I’m Nicky

I like to cook dinner and I wish to share with you my favorite, scrumptious household pleasant recipes. I wish to encourage you to create unbelievable meals for your loved ones day by day.

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