Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup: Easy and Healthy Comfort Food

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It’s cold out there, and you’re probably looking for a warm and filling meal to get you through the winter. Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup is an easy, delicious meal that’ll fill your house with the scent of winter, and keep you warm all night long.

All of the raw ingredients go in the slow cooker, and a delicious soup awaits for dinner. The best part about this recipe is that it’s so flexible because you can serve it with a salad, or with bread, or even over pasta if you’d like!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup in a bowl
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  1. Ingredients in Chicken and Rice Soup
  2. Seasonings for Chicken and Rice Soup
  3. Health Benefits
  4. Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe Tips
  5. Frequently Asked Questions: Chicken and Rice Soup
  6. More Slow Cooker Soups to Try
  7. Slow Cooker Chicken Rice Soup Recipe

This Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice soup is also great for entertaining guests because you can prepare it ahead of time and simply throw everything into your slow cooker when you get home from work! It’s perfect for those busy days when you need to make something for dinner but don’t have a lot of time to spend on prep work or cooking meals from scratch. It’s truly a fix it and forget it meal that everyone in the family loves. I serve it with some crusty rollsbreadsticks, or my kids’ favorite, cornbread.

Ingredients in Chicken and Rice Soup

  • Boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
  • Chicken broth
  • Parboiled rice, brown rice, or wild rice (see recipe notes)
  • Butter
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Celery
  • Bay leaf
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

Seasonings for Chicken and Rice Soup

Isn’t it nostalgic to use fresh 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.

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 veggies 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! It’s a great source of fiber, protein, and calcium. And if you use low sodium broth, you can keep the cholesterol and saturated fat down without sacrificing flavor. 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

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 its 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 breasts, be sure to use parboiled rice (also called converted rice). This is the best rice and cooks beautifully in the Crockpot. If you prefer basmati, brown, white rice, jasmine rice 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. Reheat the soup either on a pot on the stovetop, or in the microwave.
  6. Use rotisserie chicken, chicken thighs, chicken breasts, or any chicken you have on hand for this soup.
  7. Feel free to toss in any extra veggies you have: broccoli, kale, zucchini, mushrooms, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions: Chicken and Rice Soup

Should you cook rice before adding to soup?

It depends on what kind of rice you want to use in the soup. Parboiled rice, also called converted rice, cooks beautifully along with the other ingredients in the soup in the slow cooker. If you prefer using brown, white, or wild rice, prepare the rice in a rice cooker or on the stove top and add to the slow cooker just before serving.

It this chicken and rice soup 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!

How do you keep rice from getting soggy in soup?

Cook the rice separately and add it to the soup just before serving. If you use parboiled, or converted rice, it won’t get soggy.

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup in a bowl

Slow Cooker Chicken Rice Soup

4.40 from 144 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

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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 before serving.
    A ladle full of slow cooker chicken and rice soup

Notes

Alternate method for brown or wild rice:

  • 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 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 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’m I make the soup exactly as the recipe states except I use 2 teaspoons of salt and low sodium chicken broth. I have made this at least 50 times. My family absolutely loves it. It’s a regular in the fall and winter and I’ve made it many times for sick friends and family. I freeze it in plastic, deli containers and pull it out when needed. So tasty and flavorful. Absolutely wonderful recipe.

    1. Technically, the FDA doesn’t recommend putting frozen chicken in the crockpot. However, we have used thin frozen chicken pieces and as long as you cook the soup on high it is okay.

  2. 4 stars
    Thanks for the recipe. We’re currently living in our Airstream (in between homes in this crazy housing market). Anyway, I don’t have a slow cooker with me, so made this on the stove top. I only had a few of the spices mentioned (thyme and sage), added a bit more rice (from the comments someone mentioned this), used a rotisserie chicken, didn’t have celery – but did add leftover peas from another dinner, and only had about 1 1/2 cups of. broth, so used water for the rest. I sauteed the carrots, then onion and garlic. Then added the rest of the ingredients and cooked for 20 minutes. Now I wish I had not added more rice, it was too much. But overall taste was very good!

  3. 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…

  4. 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! ❤️

  5. 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.