Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

Oh, I wanted to write the words “Wild Rice” instead of Rice in the title, but that my friends, would have been a lie. It just sounded cooler, right? Wild rice vs. plain ole’ brown rice. Bleh. so boring.


This soup was more an afterthought than anything. We just got back from a 10 day long trip to Wisco and needed to eat. Enter soup… AKA what kept in the fridge for the last 1o days…

The soup completely exceeded my expectations. There was a bit of an impromptu/inventive twist… I didn’t have any onions. So, I improvised and used 1/2 package of dry lipton onion soup mix. You know, the stuff you mix into dips (or pour over a boneless skinless beef chuck roast with 2 c. of water in a large crock pot and let cook on low for hours..) Yep. THAT stuff. Um. Amazing. Really, it gave the soup fantastic flavor.

Go ahead, cheat a little!!

Creamy Chicken & Rice Soup

  • 1 lb cooked chicken shredded (not gonna lie, I pulled some left over chicken thigh meat out of the freezer)
  • 5 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 5 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 fresh sage leaves (I’m sure you could use the dried stuff, I just had this leftover in the fridge)
  • olive oil
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 4-6 c. water
  • 3/4 c. dry brown rice
  • 1/2 package dry lipton onion soup mix
  • pepper
  • 1 package low fat cream cheese

Add the diced veggies, sage, and olive oil to a large stock pot. Cook veggies for 1-2 minutes. Then add all of the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the cream cheese. You’ll want to save that for the very end. Bring mixture to a boil then turn down heat and simmer for approx 45 min until the rice is cooked through. Monitor the liquid levels to make sure you have enough as a the rice absorbs it. At the end, cut in small pieces of cream cheese and stir till melted.

This was WAY better than I expected 🙂 Gotta love homey soups on rainy days.


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