A pot of this Spicy Chicken and Rice Soup is an easy and delicious way to warm up on a cool fall day. This easy homemade chicken soup recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes.
One of our favorite soups is one that we enjoyed at Chili's restaurant years and years ago.
It was such a simple soup that I came home and made a homemade version using ingredients from our fridge and pantry because we had to have it again. It is now one of the most requested soups in our house.
Our youngest asks me to make this chicken and rice soup and this Pizza Minestrone Soup all the time. That is huge because he is kind of picky with the things he will eat.
This chicken soup is definitely a recipe that stays on rotation in our house! A big bowl of this Spicy Chicken and Rice Soup is the perfect comfort food during the cooler months.
How to make Spicy Chicken and Rice Soup:
- Sauce the onions in butter until softened.
- Add the garlic, chicken broth, tomatoes with chiles, chicken, rice, and lime juice and bring to a low simmer.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the salt and pepper and cilantro.
- Serve the chicken rice soup immediately with toppings.
PRO TIP: To make this a lean and green and low carb dinner, I also used some of this Easy Cauliflower Rice that I had frozen. You can also buy a bag from the freezer section in our local grocery store.
Toppings for Chicken Soup:
We like to add different things to the top of our soup to jazz it up and add more flavor. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Diced Avocados
- Oyster Crackers
- Extra Cilantro
Everyone in our family loves this easy comfort food meal. It's the perfect dinner to make ahead for busy nights.
Can you freeze chicken soup with rice?
Yes, you can. Just make sure to cool it completely, then spoon into covered airtight containers or heavy duty freezer bags and freeze. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat in a pot over medium heat.
What kind of chicken is good for soup?
You can use whatever chicken you have on hand. We usually use shredded rotisserie chicken or diced grilled chicken when we make it. You can also use canned chicken if that is all you have on hand.
What rice is best for soup?
Most types of rice will be ok in soup. Feel free to use cooked white, brown, black, jasmine, or frozen cauliflower rice in this spicy chicken soup.
More easy soup recipes you may like:
- Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Chicken Enchilada Orzo Soup
- Creamy Potato and Bacon Soup
- Best Creamy Tomato Soup
*The post for Spicy Chicken and Rice Soup was first published on February 1, 2011. The photos were updated, and it was republished on October 17, 2019.
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Thanks for sharing this recipe I am trying it this week and featured it on my Menu Plan Monday.
a good soup can turn a bad day into good. this recipe looks like just the trick! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!
Jocelyn, Mmmm....sounds like the perfect soup for a crisp winter's day! Thanks for the avocado tip!
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I make something very similar to this! Thanks for sharing another variation!
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This looks so good! I will be adding this to my list. Warm soup in the winter is the best!
carissa @ lowercase letters
it's so healthy! definitely "shred" friendly! i can't wait to taste this.
yum. that looks really similar to tortilla chicken soup. Our friends taught me how to make that, and they top it with fried tortillas, lime and avocado, but use feta instead of cheddar. try it next time, it's yummy!
YUMMY! I think i will make soup tomorrow! 😀
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHh Yum!!!! This looks delish!!!
I have to try this one!!!
I have a big ole pot of chili cooking for this evening and the house smells wonderful!!!!
Have a wonderful and warm day!!!
That looks yum-o!
Oh wow! This looks yummy! I agree soups are a great part of winter (even though I hate the weather!). I'll have to try this out. Thanks for sharing!
mmmm it's rainy here and cold so soup would be perfect right about now!
Hot cocoa and soup are definitely on the top my list as well! Yummy soup.. this will be a must try.
Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk
Mmm.. I am totally cravin' some soup!
This is definatly my type of soup. It looks so yummy, thanks for sharing!
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