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Easy Chicken and Rice Soup is a quick and simple gluten-free soup recipe that the entire family will love. Healthy comfort food in a bowl!

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup is a quick and easy gluten-free soup recipe that the entire family will love. Healthy comfort food in a bowl! | iowagirleats.com

I know, I know, a soup recipe on April 1? This is no April fools joke – I just couldn’t bear the thought of waiting another six or seven months to share the recipe for Easy Chicken and Rice Soup with you!

Besides, unlike wrapping a rubber band around the handle of the kitchen sink sprayer, which my brothers and I successfully fooled our parents with every year on this date growing up, that would be a truly lame joke (and now I can’t stop laughing at the memory of them being so confused while getting sprayed with water every. single. year. They never learned! 😂 And I know pay back’s a you know what – Lincoln will probably keep me on my toes!)

Anyway, I feel like I’m always confessing that I never have anything planned for dinner and, well, it’s true. Do as I say and not as I do, because truthfully, I suck at meal planning. There, I said it! Just like the handyman’s home is always in need of repair, 2-3 days a week I can usually be found rummaging around the fridge and pantry at 4pm trying to come up with something for dinner (thank goodness for permanent spaghetti and pizza nights!) Luckily since I’ve created a well stocked kitchen, and pick up fresh produce and meat at the grocery store each week, it’s not difficult to come up with something quick, healthy and balanced, but there’s definitely room to grow. Until that time, I’ll keep on creating fridge and pantry suppers like Easy Chicken and Rice Soup that my family has been DEVOURING lately.

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup is a quick and easy gluten-free soup recipe that the entire family will love. Healthy comfort food in a bowl! | iowagirleats.com

ICYMI, Lincoln absolutely adores soup, and Easy Chicken and Rice Soup is at the top of his list! (This face…I can’t!)

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This soup was the result of a 5pm fridge and pantry raid, and it was on the table by 5:30 – BOOM! We always have chicken breasts and carrots in the refrigerator, onions and shallots on the counter, and quarts of chicken broth and bags of rice in the pantry. Put ’em together and what’ve you got? Easy Chicken and Rice Soup. Unbelievably soul satisfying. Brothy but thickened ever so slightly by plumped rice. A simple ingredient list but a ton of flavor thanks to seasoning everything with my homemade gluten-free seasoning salt, which is just salt, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. It’s honestly one of my Top 3 favorite soups for flavor, being family friendly (Ben, who is usually “meh” on soups, loves this one,) and for being so quick and easy. I’ve made it countless times over the past month.

I know spring is officially here, but in the Midwest at least we’ve still got another month of total unpredictability when it comes to the weather. 70s one day, 40s the next – my advice is to make this easy soup recipe as often as you can before the sunshine and warm weather becomes permanent, and we say goodbye to soup season for the time being!

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup is a quick and easy gluten-free soup recipe that the entire family will love. Healthy comfort food in a bowl! | iowagirleats.com

Start by heating 1-1/2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add 2-3 medium-sized carrots that have been peeled then thinly sliced, and 1/2 chopped onion. Season with homemade gluten-free seasoned salt and pepper then place a lid on top and saute until the vegetables are very tender, 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup is a quick and easy gluten-free soup recipe that the entire family will love. Healthy comfort food in a bowl! | iowagirleats.com

Next add 8 cups (64oz) gluten-free chicken broth then turn the heat up to high and bring to a boil.

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Pour in 1 cup long grain white rice then stir to combine. I like Lundberg Farms Jasmine Rice but you can truly use whatever you have on hand – that’s the beauty of this easy, fridge and pantry-staple soup supper! Just make sure it’s not a short grain rice like arborio or sushi rice. Next add 2 chopped chicken breasts that have been seasoned with seasoned salt and pepper then stir to combine (the chicken will cook while the rice is cooking.)

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Turn the heat down to medium then simmer until the rice is tender, 15-20 minutes. Pop the lid back on top of the pot then let the soup rest off the heat for 5 minutes to make sure the rice is really soft. Taste and add more seasoned salt and pepper if necessary then ladle into bowls and serve!

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup is a quick and easy gluten-free soup recipe that the entire family will love. Healthy comfort food in a bowl! | iowagirleats.com

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup

Description

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup is a quick and simple gluten-free soup recipe that the entire family will love. Healthy comfort food in a bowl!

Ingredients

serves 6

  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2-3 medium-sized carrots, peeled then thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • homemade gluten-free seasoned salt (see notes for recipe) and pepper
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 64oz (8 cups) gluten-free chicken broth
  • 1 cup long grain white rice

Directions

  1. Heat extra virgin olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onion and carrots, season with seasoned salt and pepper, then stir to combine. Cover the pot with a lid then saute until vegetables are very tender, 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic then saute without the lid on for 30 seconds.
  2. Turn heat up to high then add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add rice then stir to combine. Season chicken with seasoning salt and pepper then add to the broth and stir to combine. Turn heat down to medium then simmer uncovered until rice is tender, 15-20 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat then place a lid on top and let sit for 5 minutes. Taste then add more seasoned salt and/or pepper to taste, then ladle into bowls and serve.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

This recipe makes a ton of soup but leftovers are delicious and perfect for easy lunches during the week. Enjoy, enjoy!

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup is a quick and easy gluten-free soup recipe that the entire family will love. Healthy comfort food in a bowl! | iowagirleats.com