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Easy Chinese Chicken Rice Soup

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1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter (or more oil)
2 garlic cloves , minced
1 onion , chopped
3 carrots
3 celery ribs
3 tsp Vegeta stock powder
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried thyme, optional
1/4 tsp black pepper , finely ground
4 cups / 1 litre chicken broth , low sodium
4 cups / 1 litre water
600 g / 1.2 lb bone in
1 cup / 180g long grain white rice
Salt, adjust to taste
1 tbsp finely chopped parsley

Nutritional information


Easy Chinese Chicken Rice Soup

  • 1h10 mins
  • Serves 5
  • Medium




Chinese chicken rice soup is a dish OF Anhui cuisine.

Whether you’re feeling unwell, or it’s a miserable day outside, nothing warms the soul like chicken soup.

But it can’t be just any chicken soup.

It needs to be flavorful, nourishing and homemade.

If you have a little free time on your hands, this Chinese Chicken Rice Soup will have you slurping your way to the bottom of the bowl.

Cooking Tips

  • Chicken

If you’re running short on time, you can use pre-cooked chicken, however, if you want a flavor punch, we recommend simmering uncooked chicken pieces in your broth.

  • Rice

The great thing about this soup, is you can use any type of rice – white, brown, wild, black, basmati, Arborio, jasmine or sushi rice.   By adding uncooked rice, you will find it soaks up the delicious flavors of the broth.  Just keep in mind that wild, black and brown rice takes more time to cook.

  • Leftovers

If somehow you haven’t devoured this soup in its entirety and need to store it, you’ll first need to separate the rice from the liquid – otherwise the rice will continue to soak up the broth.

Use a slotted spoon or colander to remove the chicken, vegetables and rice and place into a container.  Then pour the broth into a separate container and freeze or refrigerate both containers.


Health Advice

Chicken not only tastes great no matter what the cooking style, but it also has numerous health benefits.  Of course, this also depends on how it is cooked.  Boiled chicken is much healthier than fried (but fried tastes so much better – am I right?).

Chicken is an amazing source of:

  • Protein (27g per 100g)
  • Vitamins A, B and D
  • Iron
  • Phosphorus (this builds strong bones and teeth/filters waste from kidneys / grows & repairs tissues and cells in the body)
  • Amino Acid “Tryptophan” (this aids in sleep quality and provides relief from depression and anxiety)

The recommended serving of chicken for an adult is about 3-4 ounces.  Think of it as roughly the size of a deck of cards.  As it is considered a lean meat, it can be safely eaten every day.  In fact, it can help you lose weight as part of a healthy diet.

However, whatever you do – DO NOT wash your raw chicken pieces prior to cooking!

This increases your risk of contracting food poisoning.  The action of washing chicken under the tap splashes bacteria onto your hands, countertops, cooking equipment and clothes.

Make sure you use a separate cutting board for your vegetables when you’re cutting up your chicken.

Also, check your chicken is cooked all the way through before eating – no pink!  But don’t worry – there’s no danger of uncooked chicken with this soup as you’ll be giving it plenty of time to cook while it is simmering in the broth.

Now you have the recipe, your instructions and your tips on how to cook this delicious and hearty Chinese Chicken Rice soup.

What are you waiting for?

Get out and buy your ingredients and start cooking!

Your tastebuds will thank you for it.

Resource & Reference:

Chicken and Rice Soup



Place butter and oil in a large pot over moderate heat. Add garlic and onion, cook for 5 minutes until onion is translucent .


Add celery and carrots, stir fry for 1 minute.


Add Inventory powder, dried parsley, thyme (if using), pepper, chicken broth, water. Stir, then add chicken


Cover with a lid, simmer on medium for half an hour. Adjust heat so that it's bubbling a great amount, but not mad energetically or super gradually. Skim excess foam build up once or twice (maybe not crucial ( only makes noodles clearer)6. Remove soup from stove.


Remove lid, add rice. Stir, cover, simmer 15 minutes.


Remove soup from stove.


Remove chicken to a large bowl. Shred With two forks, discard bones then stir into soup.


Stir in half of the parsley, taste for salt And add if needed. Serve, then garnish with extra parsley


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