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Chicken Soup & Rice

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Kenya and I started reading Maurice Sendak's classic book "Chicken Soup and Rice" several months ago and it's quickly become one of his favorites. It's the story of a little boy who eats chicken soup with rice, month after month in his own little fantasy world. He truly loves chicken soup with rice more then any other food!

Kenya's not far from that level of love for chicken soup either. I often make a huge batch of my own and freeze it in individual containers so that whenever he's feeling under the weather, I just defrost some to make him feel warm and nourished. This healthy soup is perfect any time of year, as the book points out, but when it's a chilly night and you or your little one has a runny nose, it's even better!

Chicken Soup & Rice

  • Prep Time: 1 mins,
  • Cook Time: 1 hrs,
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Kenya and I started reading Maurice Sendak's classic book "Chicken Soup and Rice" several months ago and it's quickly become one of his favorites. It's the story of a little boy who eats chicken soup with rice, month after month in his own little...

Ingredients

  • 1 5 pounds whole chicken
  • 3/4 cup long grain brown rice
  • 4 quarts of cold water (enough to cover the chicken)
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 small onion, peeled and halved
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped into a small dice
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped into a small dice
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped

Preparation

  1. 1. Place all the ingredients except the parsley in a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Skim the scum and fat off surface of the soup as necessary as it’s coming to a boil.
  2. 2. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hour.
  3. 4. Turn off the heat, remove the chicken from the pot and let cool.
  4. 5. Discard the skin and bones from the chicken and the halved onion and cut or shred meat into a small dice.
  5. 6. Add the chicken and parsley to the soup, reheat and serve.
Chicken Soup & Rice

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  2. Linda Melbourne

    January 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    My daughter in law, Sarah, makes this soup and it is the best chicken soup ever.

  3. Rebecca Selway

    December 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Awesome recipe!! Love it!!!!

  4. msdrea

    November 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Made another batch of this would like to freeze some, is it ok to freeze hot or should I cool down in fridge first?

    • catherine

      November 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Let it cool before freezing!

  5. msdrea

    November 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    How long can this stay in the fridge?

    • catherine

      November 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      About 5 days!

      • msdrea

        November 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm

        She loved it…there’s so much out of one batch though and I don’t have the biggest freezer…maybe I better start eating some w her! Lol

  6. Willie Denis-Destouches

    September 22, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Love this recipe…!

  7. Brenda

    July 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Wasn’t sure, but I think y’all got it lol

  8. Brenda

    July 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Made this today, tastes delightful. I want sure how the rice would come out since its not instant but I trusted Catherine & it turned out delicious!

  9. jmarquez

    June 12, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Thank you! I need to try this again because I used white rice that ended up mushy & I didn’t get much white meat out of my chicken. :( My daughter STILL loved it though. I had a lot of extra “broth” so I froze it in ice cubes and will use it for other dishes. Totally experimenting here. ;)

  10. Lisa

    June 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Oh my… this is my new favorite chicken soup. It is so delicious and easy to make!!! I really like using the brown rice as opposed to egg noodles in a chicken noodle soup. So much more nutritional value in brown rice. Wonderful recipe. Thank you!

  11. catherine

    June 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Yes, remove them! Although, if you like to eat the giblets you can go ahead and leave them in. Just know that they will slightly affect the flavor of the soup.

  12. jmarquez

    June 5, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Hi! Silly question: the chicken that I bought has the giblets. Should I remove them before putting in the pot?

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