Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup is an easy slow cooker chicken soup recipe. All of the raw ingredients go in the slow cooker and a delicious soup awaits for dinner.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup in a bowl

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup


Nothing comforts the soul like a big bowl of soup, especially on a cold day. Serve it up with some delicious bread and you’ve got the perfect lunch or dinner.

The ease of preparing this Chicken and Rice Soup is only outweighed by how good it tastes. The seasonings slowly cook into the chicken, vegetables, and broth making every bite delicious. This is a go-to dinner during busy fall and winter days. It’s truly a fix it and forget it meal. Plus, everyone in the family loves. I serve it with some crusty rolls, breadsticks, or my kids favorite, cornbread.

Chicken, carrots, onions, rice, butter, garlic, celery, and spices in a slow cooker

Health Benefits

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup and Chicken and Rice Soup are so good for the body and soul, especially when you are feeling under the weather. Studies show that Chicken Soup has properties that soothe cold symptoms like coughs, sore throats, and runny noses. The other ingredients in the soup — carrots, celery, onions — also have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Dr. Oz posted an interesting article that gives more details about this called “You Wanted to Know: Chicken Soup.”

After learning this, I feel even better knowing the benefits of this meal! So many good things come from the chicken broth itself. And who doesn’t need comfort, strength, love, and courage? I hope all of this comes to you and more when you enjoy this delicious soup!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup in a bowl

Seasonings for Chicken and Rice Soup

Isn’t it romantic to use parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme all in one recipe? These seasonings complement each other so well. In case you haven’t guessed, I’m a big Simon and Garfunkel fan. My parents listened to their music when I was growing up and I still listen to it today. I love the song Scarborough Fair/Canticle. It was released on their album, “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme”. Scarborough is a town in England and in Medieval times there was a Fair there that lasted for 45 days! Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme represented virtues that are important to the lyrics of the song. Parsley represented comfort, sage represented strength, rosemary represented love, and thyme represented courage. You can read more about it on songfacts.com.

Is it Gluten Free?

Yes! This is Chicken and Rice Soup can easily be made gluten free! Use a gluten free chicken broth, like Swanson’s Chicken Broth, and you are good to go!

Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe Tips

  1.  Use fresh seasonings, as mentioned above. Feel free to add more or less depending on your taste. I tend to use a little more because I love the taste of the seasonings in the soup — especially the sage and rosemary. If I have a seasoning that is losing it’s flavor, I grind it a little between my fingers before adding it to the soup. This will bring out more of the taste and smell.
  2. If you want the rice to cook at the same rate as the raw chicken, be sure to use parboiled rice (also called converted rice). It cooks beautifully in the slow cooker. If you prefer brown or wild rice, prepare 1 cup uncooked rice according to the package directions and stir into the soup just before serving.
  3. If you are watching fat content, you can totally skip the butter. The butter gives a little more richness to the broth, but it is not necessary. The soup will taste just as good without it.
  4. This soup thickens when it cools. I love leftovers of this soup because the flavors really come out after it sits for a day or two, but it will be a thicker soup than when you eat it straight from the Slow Cooker. If you prefer a thinner soup, just add some water to it when re-heating to give it the consistency you desire.
  5. Serve this soup with a crusty bread or dinner roll. It is especially good with our Breadtwists!

More Slow Cooker Soups to Try

  • Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup: This is one of the easiest soups you will ever make. A flavor-filled soup the entire family will love!
  • Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup: There are so many different vegetables in this Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup. It is very healthy and hearty.
  • Slow Cooker Cheese Tortellini Soup: This Cheese Tortellini Soup is a flavorful, easy slow cooker meal. Tortellini, sausage, and spinach in a creamy tomato soup and slow cooked to perfection.
  • Slow Cooker Pasta E Fagioli Soup: Our version of the Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Soup tastes just like the original. The meat, beans, and noodles make this soup a very hearty meal!
  • Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup:  Many agree that this Zuppa Toscana Soup Olive Garden Copycat is actually better than the original! It features a creamy broth base and lots of sausage and potatoes.

If you love chicken dishes, you have got to check out our Top 10 Best Chicken Recipes roundup. So many great ideas!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup in a bowl

Slow Cooker Chicken Rice Soup

4.58 from 45 votes
Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup is an easy chicken soup recipe. All of the raw ingredients go in the slow cooker and a delicious soup awaits for dinner.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Crock Pot Slow Cooker

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in order in a slow cooker.
    Chicken, carrots, onions, rice, butter, garlic, celery, and spices in a slow cooker
  • Cook on low for 4 hours. 
    Soup cooking in a slow cooker
  • A few minutes before serving, remove the chicken from slow cooker and shred or cut into cubes.  
    Shredded chicken in a glass bowl
  • Return chicken to the slow cooker, and let it cook for 5-10 more minutes.
    Serve in individual bowls.
    A ladle full of slow cooker chicken and rice soup

Video

Notes

Alternate Method:
*If you prefer brown rice or wild rice, leave the parboiled rice out of the slow cooker when adding the other ingredients.  While the soup is cooking in the slow cooker, prepare 1 cup uncooked brown or wild rice according to the package directions (once cooked, this will yield approximately 3 cups of rice).  Stir the cooked rice into the soup just before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 21gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 1993mgPotassium: 688mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 4015IUVitamin C: 23.1mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 1.2mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    I really like this recipe as I needed to have soup cooking while I’m busy.
    I made a couple of modifications – I put my Jasmine rice and wild rice in at the beginning, bumped the cooking time up to 8 hours and left out the parsley (have someone allergic to it).
    The soup taste just as wonderful as the one I make in my stock pot…

  2. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe numerous times and it’s so good! However I replace one cup of chicken broth with one cup of white wine and the flavour is amazing! I also omit the celery and add zucchini instead or just extra carrots. Not a fan of celery.
    Great recipe though! ❤️

  3. Love this soup! I always replace one cup of broth with one cup of white wine and it makes a huuuuge difference! So much more flavour!!!

    1. If you have a large enough crock pot, you should just be able to double all the ingredients and cook for the same amount of time. I haven’t tried that though, so I can’t say for sure.

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