ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Homemade Chicken & Rice Soup

Updated on October 13, 2013

I Like It, I Love It, I Want Some More Of It ... Homemade Chicken Soup That Is!

Comfort food ... yes ... nourishing ... yes ...been known to help kick a cold ... yes. So what's in homemade Chicken Soup well lots of good things and I'm going to tell you how I make it if you'd like to read on.

About a week ago I made a 20 gallon pot of Chicken & Rice soup for about 50 people. It didn't last more than a couple of days. The masses raved and thanked me for that comfort food since many were away from home and looking for some dinner. They loved the meal and I'm glad they enjoyed it.

It just so happened that we were having a BBQ and the main course was chicken for the next day. In preparation we separated the backs from the thighs and drumsticks but now we had a huge pot of backs. What to do with them was a question. Well being me I couldn't throw out that good piece of soup stock bone and meat so that's how the masses got a hot bowl of chicken, rice & veggie soup that night.

I don't like to waste food and in today's economy I think leftovers and soup makings are an important plus to help offset the grocery bill. Plus I feel there's nothing like a hot bowl of homemade soup of any kind with some crusty bread, add a sandwich or side dish and you've got an economical meal that's healthy and satisfying.

If you've never ventured to make your own then find out how below. And enjoy!

Got The Sniffles?

Curl Up In Your Warm Fuzzies And Enjoy A Warm Bowl Of Chicken Soup. You'll Feel Better Just From The Comfort Of It.

Some Chicken Soup Terms

And different types of soup from basically the same base.

  • Chicken stock is the liquid in which chicken bones and vegetables have been simmered for the purpose of serving as an ingredient in more complex dishes. The more bones you cook in the liquid the more the stock is gelatin which makes it a better base for sauces.
  • Chicken broth is the liquid part of chicken soup.
  • Chicken bouillon or bouillon de poulet is the French term for chicken broth.
  • Chicken consommé is a more refined chicken broth. It is usually strained to perfect clarity, and reduced to concentrate it.
  • Chicken Stew is a denser dish than soup with a thicker consistency. It can be thicken with a roux or a flour/water mixture to make more of a gravy from the broth.
  • Cream of Chicken Soup is a creamy thick soup made with chicken stock and meat pieces then combined with milk or cream and flour to thicken some what. It may or may not contain vegetables depending on the recipe you use.

Soup Made Simple

I believe everyone knows that great soups starts with simmering the bones of meat. That's where the flavor is for sure...this is tried and true for me. But with today's hectic world and busy schedules sometimes a short cut is necessary if not for body then mind.

You don't have to spend a couple hours making a good version of home made soup starting from scratch. You can do that on a rainy weekend day.

You can use chicken stock from the grocery store as your base, sauteed chicken breast and frozen vegetables, rice or noodles and there you have it quick and easy once it's simmered for a 1/2 hr. It can be a meal on the run with a little planning. Add a nice crusty bread and you have a great home cooked meal full of nutrition and love...I think the love is an important ingredient!

Each one of my 3 kids grew up knowing how to make this soup and have adapted it for their own family to their liking. They still make Mom's Chicken And Home Made Noodles though the same way I always did, that's not quite a soup it's made a little thicker but it is made the same way.

So have some fun if you like home made soup and enjoy yourself. As long as you like your own ingredients you will like your soup ... if it doesn't taste quite right then tweak it til it does. Relax and Enjoy!

This recipe has rice and barley as an option. These two items will thicken your soup and continue to swell until it reaches maximum size and absorbed what liquid it can. If your soup gets to thick you can always add more broth or bullion heated in water to thin the soup as you like.


  • 3 - 5 lbs of chicken backs
  • 2 TBLS Olive Oil
  • 1 lb of boneless chicken breast cut into cubes (optional)
  • small onion chopped
  • large back of mixed veggies to your liking (fresh chopped veggies are best but frozen work just as well)
  • 1 - 1/2 cup of white
  • brown or wild rice mix
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup barley (optional)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 TBLSP dry parsley flakes or fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 cubes chicken bullion or 2 cans of chicken broth (optional depending on flavor of your stock)
  • 1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • about 2 TBLS of dry Chicken seasoning with mixed spices.
  • any other seasoning you like. I use a tsp cajun seasoning


  1. Place olive oil in your soup pot, add chicken breast if you are going to use it and sautee until cooked through, remove chicken and reserve for later) and add chopped onion and sautee about 7 minutes. Wash Chicken backs and put in the same large dutch oven type pot you sauteed your chicken breast and onion in cover your chicken backs with water and simmer approx 1 1/2 hrs. Remove chicken backs to cool with slotted spoon and add vegetable and barley to chicken broth with your seasonings. Let simmer about 30 minutes then add meat from bones & breast back into pot along with rice. Cover pot and bring to a boil for approximately 5 minutes then reduce heat to low and let set for about 30 minutes or until rice and barley(if using) are tender.
  2. Soup will be thick and hearty. As it cools you'll want to skim the fat from the chicken skin off of your soup. Just a small layer is necessary for a great flavor.
  3. As it sits or is reheated you might have to add some broth because the rice and barley continue to swell and absorb the liquid.
Cast your vote for Home Made Chicken And Rice Soup

Home Made Noodles

Oh Yeah ... gotta love those noodles home made that is! If you don't use rice then go with noodles. They are easy to make and taste so good!

Good Pots Make Good Soups

Try to use a soup pot which will allow your soup to grow. I know I always end up with twice as much as I planned to make. Left overs ... Oh yeahhhh!

Good Soup Should Be Served In Good Bowls - I like my soup bowls served on top of a plate.

Some bowls can be heated, baked or broiled in the oven for melting cheese, say on the top of French Onions Soup, and some can't. Sometimes a dual pupose table setting is well worth any cost difference. It just depends on your personal preference and needs.

Soup Plates

A beautiful meal served in a beautiful dinner setting!

We Have To Scoop That Soup

Utensils are good things!

Show Some Love *smile*

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Homemade Chicken & Rice Soup is one of my favorite recipes to make, it is so good and healthy and I love to make it with left overs, yummy!

    • Countryluthier profile image

      E L Seaton 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      LC from CL, the soup sounds off the soup chain. Thanks for sharing, until the next delicious bowl, bon apetite!

    • CruiseReady profile image


      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      There's nothing like a nice, warm bowl of chicken soup when you are feeling under the weather!

    • profile image

      jseven lm 

      7 years ago

      Sounds so good on a cold day here in Michigan!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Soup is something that always makes me feel good. I love it. And this is a fantatsic lens! :)

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      yummy! M sure my younger son would love it, too! We both love chicken soup! tks for sharing

    • LadyCharlie profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for the nice comment! I love homemade chicken soup too!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Man, do I love good chicken soup!

      Great lense, now I hve to get my wife to make some. LOL

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      "smile" ... that photo of homemade soup really looked good! If you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)