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Harvest Chicken and Rice Soup

With a mix of seasonal vegetables, chicken, rice and more, this Harvest Chicken and Rice Soup is a comforting Fall recipe that will warm you up from the inside out!

A TASTY FALL SOUP RECIPE

I love soups all year long but when the cooler weather hits, that is when we really rev up our soup making. This Harvest Chicken and Rice Soup has quickly become one of my favorites. It is so colorful and is chock full of vegetables, shredded chicken and rice simmered in broth with seasoning so that you can really taste all the different flavors with every spoonful. You really can’t go wrong when you make this recipe. It will send pure comfort to your soul! It is also super easy because everything is made in one pot! If you are wanting the perfect chicken and rice soup – look no further! Make this Harvest Chicken and Rice Soup recipe.

Finished Harvest Chicken and Rice Soup in pot with wooden spoon.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Do I have to use chicken breasts?

If you would prefer dark meat, you can use boneless skinless chicken thighs in this instead! Chicken thighs are a more affordable substitute as well.

I can’t find purple potatoes, what can I use?

You can use any other smaller potatoes for this recipe. Purple is not necessary. I just used it to bring out a nice color in the soup itself.

Can I use canned corn?

Absolutely! You can drain a (15 oz) can of corn and use that instead of an ear of corn. Frozen corn should work also. It can be added right in as it will cook while simmering.

What other rice can I use?

Wild rice is a great substitute for this recipe and really brings out the harvest aspect. My family isn’t a fan of wild rice so I just use the regular long grain. However, wild rice goes really well the vegetables and flavors in this soup.

Do I have to use lemon juice?

Real lemon juice is a really great ingredient recipe in this. It is not so much for adding lemon flavor but it helps bring out all the flavors of the other ingredients. It’s hard to explain but it just brightens and heightens the flavors of the ingredients in the soup. You won’t taste it as a separate ingredient. Just make sure you use a real lemon, not the bottled stuff. I suggest you use it, but if you do not want to you do not have to.

What can I serve with chicken and rice soup?

Personally we love it with biscuits or rolls. You can dip them in the soup to soak up some of the flavor. Delicious!

Do you cook rice before adding to soup?

Nope! Not for this recipe. The rice will simmer away in the soup and will cook along with the chicken and other vegetables. It’s why we use lots of chicken stock.

How do you keep rice from getting mushy in soup?

You’ve got a couple of options. In this recipe, I am adding in the rice uncooked and I am not cooking this soup for a long period of time. The longer you cook the soup or let it hang out on the stove, the more the rice is going to continue to absorb the liquid.
Or, you can use cooked rice. For example, if you’ve got some leftover rice from your Chinese take out, it would be great for this. You would need about 2 1/2 – 3 cups of cooked rice for this soup. Add it in about the last 5 minutes or so of cooking just so it can get warmed through.

Can I make this a creamy chicken and rice soup?

Absolutely! I love creamy soups! Just add about 1/2 to 1 cup of milk or heavy cream.

How do I thicken chicken and rice soup?

If you find you want a much thicker soup, then I would suggest taking about 1/2 cup of the broth from this soup and adding it to a boil. Whisk in about 1 tablespoon of flour or cornstarch until smooth. Then, add this back into the pot. Turn the heat up to get a gentle boil and you should see it begin to thicken.

Can you freeze chicken and rice soup?

Yes, with conditions. Rice tends to get mushy when you freeze or refrigerate chicken and rice soup. So, if you know you want to eat this for a later date, then cook it all up until the point of adding the rice. Then when you are ready to eat, warm the soup up on the stove and then add the rice about 5-10 minutes before serving.

Close up in pot of finished Harvest Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • salted butter
  • onion
  • carrots
  • celery
  • red pepper
  • garlic
  • chicken stock 
  • purple potatoes
  • zucchini
  • corn
  • chicken breast
  • white rice
  • bay leaves
  • pepper
  • lemon juice
Ingredients needed: salted butter, onion, carrots, celery, red pepper, garlic, chicken stock, purple potatoes, zucchini, corn, chicken breasts, white rice, bay leaves, pepper and lemon juice.

HOW TO MAKE HARVEST CHICKEN AND RICE SOUP:

Sauté the onion, carrots, celery and pepper in the butter on medium heat until the onion starts to turn transparent, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and continue to sauté until fragrant.

Onion, carrots, celery, pepper and garlic being sauteed in butter in pot.

Add in the potatoes, zucchini, corn, chicken, rice and seasonings. 

Potatoes, zucchini, corn, chicken, rice and seasonings added to pot.

Add in the chicken stock and cover and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer until chicken is cooked thoroughly (160 degrees), about 20 minutes.

Chicken stock being poured over ingredients in pot.

Remove chicken, let rest for several minutes.

Tongs removing chicken from pot.

Shred chicken and return to the pot.

Chicken shredded and being added back to pot.

Squeeze lemon juice over soup to finish. 

Overhead of finished Harvest Chicken and Rice Soup in pot with wooden spoon.

Serve warm with fresh parsley to garnish.

Overhead photo of Harvest Chicken and Rice Soup i white bowl with spoon in bowl.

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Harvest Chicken and Rice Soup

With a mix of vegetables, chicken rice and more this Harvest Chicken and Rice Soup is a comforting Fall recipe that will warm you up.
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 38 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced thin
  • 3 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 64 ounces chicken stock, (2) 32 ounce cartons
  • 5 small purple potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 zucchini, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 ear of corn, cut off the cob
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut in half
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, optional

Instructions

  • Sauté the onion, carrots, celery and pepper in the butter on medium heat until the onion starts to turn transparent, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and continue to sauté until fragrant.
  • Add in the potatoes, zucchini, corn, chicken, rice and seasonings.
  • Add in the chicken stock and cover and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer until chicken is cooked thoroughly (160 degrees), about 20 minutes.
  • Remove chicken, let rest for several minutes.
  • Shred chicken and return to the pot. Squeeze lemon juice over soup to finish.
  • Serve warm with fresh parsley to garnish.

Notes

  • Wild rice can be used instead of white rice.
  • Drained canned corn can be substituted for the fresh corn.
  • Any smaller potato will work, you do not have to use purple potatoes.
  • Use your favorite fresh vegetables in here to substitute anything you don’t like in this soup. Yellow squash is a good substitute for the zucchini. Or just leave out any vegetable you do not want to add. This is a very flexible recipe.
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 370mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g

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“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is just so good! It’s the second time I’ve made it, and it’s just delicious, fall or spring. It’s nice to have a vegetable soup that isn’t quite so heavy and has different flavors and vegetables to it, too.

    FYI, I used wild rice and added mushrooms this time, but the last time around, I went precisely by the directions and it came out perfectly. You’re right, it’s very forgiving. Can’t wait to make this with our own garden zucchini and red bell peppers! Thanks so much, as always — if it comes from you, it has to be good!