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Chicken soup is one of the best comfort foods around. It’s an easy, one-dish meal that warms you up and makes you feel better when the winter chill sets in.
This homemade chicken soup recipe is the perfect thing to make when you have leftover chicken. You can use brown rice, whole wheat noodles, or any type of grain to make your chicken soup hearty. I’ve been using a quinoa-rice blend that I got at Costco, and it adds a great texture. You can include other vegetables like green beans or broccoli if you have them on hand.
Try this soup the next time someone in your house is sick, or freeze it ahead of time for a day when you really need it.
Homemade Chicken Soup
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 onion diced
- 2 carrots chopped
- 2 celery stalks chopped
- 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup quinoa/rice blend or brown rice
- Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add the onion, lower the heat to medium low, and cook with the cover on for 3 minutes. Add the carrots and celery to the pot, and cook with the cover on for another 5 minutes, or until the carrots and celery are beginning to get tender.
- Add the chicken, broth, and rice (or rice quinoa blend) to the pot. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer gently for 20 minutes, or as long as it takes to cook the rice blend.
- If the soup is thicker than you prefer, add a cup or two of water to make it thinner. Also, taste the soup to see if it needs a little salt. This will depend on how much salt is in your broth.
Chicken Soup Recipe Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $7.82 to make, or $.78 per serving. This homemade chicken soup recipe is a delicious, healthy addition to your dinner menu. It’s the perfect thing to stash away in your freezer for a sick day.
Do you wonder where I get the numbers for my recipe price breakdowns? Check out my Price Chart to see how much all the ingredients in this recipe cost me here in Massachusetts.