Hen and Rice Soup – Nicky’s Kitchen Sanctuary

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

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Most likely essentially the most Wintery-warming soup going. This soup is gorgeous 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 via a few partitions.

It took about 18 months to get the permissions and builders in place, and we had been lastly in a position to 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 never 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 start out utilizing it for filming.

Hopefully we’ll have the ability to 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’d like?

Ingredients for chicken and rice soup on a wooden board
  • Cooked, shredded hen – you should utilize breast or thigh meat for this (leftover shredded turkey works equally properly)
  • Rice – I exploit lengthy grain rice for this, however basmati or basmati-wild-rice-mix additionally work properly. In case you wished to make use of brown rice or pure wild rice, this takes longer to cook dinner (normally 15-20 minutes extra) and would require an additional cup (240ml) of inventory.
  • Inventory – Water plus inventory cubes is ok, or you would use do-it-yourself inventory you probably have some at hand.
  • Cream and milk – use full fats for the most effective style, ESPECIALLY for those who’re aspiring 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 publish.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP It is a thick, hearty soup. In case you wished it somewhat thinner, add in additional inventory or milk in the direction of the top of cooking, to get it to the consistency of your liking.

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🍽️ What to serve it with

This soup is fairly filling, so it would not really want bread or aspect dishes, except you are additional hungry. If you’re…

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

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

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Hen and Rice Soup

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

Prep Time 10 minutes

Prepare 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 hen inventory, 1 tsp dried thyme

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

    105 g (½ cup) raw lengthy grain rice

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

    250 g (2 cups) leftover cooked, shredded hen, 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 hen is warmed via.

  • 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 soak up extra liquid, so it is 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 sometimes, till piping sizzling all through.
  • In case you wished to loosen up the soup, add a splash of inventory or water when you’re reheating the soup.

Can I freeze it?
Sure (you’ll want to use full-fat cream and milk within the recipe, as decrease fats variations might break 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 hen 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 top of the cooking time:
    • Smallish items of broccoli, cauliflower, inexperienced beans, candy potato chunks – add them in about 10-Quarter-hour earlier than the top of cooking.
    • Spinach, kale, frozen peas – add them in about 5 minutes earlier than the top of cooking.

The right way to scale up and scale down this recipe
You may halve or double this recipe, sticking to the identical ingredient ratios.
If doubling, it might take a couple of minutes longer for all the things to come back to the boil, however simmering time is identical.

Gradual 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 cut 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 via.
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 acknowledged within the recipe) and thyme.
  • Then add the shredded hen (OR you may substitute the cooked hen with uncooked hen – utilizing both 2 hen breasts, 3-4 hen thighs or 4-6 hen drumsticks).
  • Prepare dinner for 4-5 hours on low.
  • In case you used uncooked hen, then at this level take away the hen 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 via 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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