Tomato Chicken Rice Soup is what I need to feel better now. It’s getting cooler here and I’m feeling under the weather. I’m afraid I’ve caught a cold. I think the best way to stop the symptoms of a cold is having a comforting chicken soup. Is it getting chilly and rainy in your area too? Are you feeling under the weather too? Do you want to strengthen your immune system and avoid getting a cold this fall? Make this scrumptious chicken rice soup before you feel sick and you won’t have to rest in bed for days.
For the best result, you should use parts of chicken with bones. You can prefer using a whole chicken as well, but I just don’t want a lot of chicken, so I just used drumsticks. Bones are really important for the flavor and vitamins in this soup, so don’t use chicken breasts.
Tomato Chicken Rice Soup is one of our homemade remedies for cold and it always works fine because it’s tangy due to tomato and lime. It is similar to our Tomato Chicken Orzo Soup, but this one is richer with vegetables like carrot, corn and spinach. Also, I used rice in this soup, so it’s gluten-free. I learnt these soups from mom. She used to make varieties of chicken soup in fall and winter to protect all family members from cold. I remember that we wouldn’t get sick often then. I know the reason now. I’ll be sharing the other chicken soups here, hope you love them as much as we do.
The first thing you need for this Tomato Chicken Rice Soup is preparing the broth. Just boil the chicken with carrot or any other root vegetable you have in hand. We don’t have canned chicken broth here in Turkey, so we always make it when we are making the soup. And I’m definitely happy with it. You know I mostly prefer making things at home from scratch. You can definitely use canned chicken broth if you want to be quicker though.
I used both pureed tomatoes and Homemade Tomato Paste for this soup. Why both? To have more tomato flavor in the soup. Tomato paste is like a pack of lots of tomatoes without all the juice and it gives a nice tangy flavor.
I sauteed tomato puree and tomato paste with dried mint in a little olive oil in a deep pot. Pour the chicken broth into the pot and let it boil. Add rice in it when it is boiling and cook until tender. Remove the chicken from bones and add the shreeded chicken into the pot. Don’t forget to add the carrots which you cook with chicken. Toss in corn, spinach leaves and some boiled chickpeas. Squeeze a lemon and pour it into the pot. Let it simmer for 5-10 minutes until all the flavors are blended. Serve with croutons.
More chicken soups I’d love to try:
Easy Chicken Noodle Soup on Brokeass Foodie
Chicken Noodle Harvest Vegetable Soup on i food real
Chicken and Gnocchi Soup on The Lazy Mom Cooks
Feel Better Chicken Noodle Soup on Liv Life
Low Carb Chicken Soup on The Low Carb Diet
A very comforting chicken rice soup loaded with flavors and vitamins. A true homemade remedy for cold.
10 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
40 minTotal Time
- 6 chicken drumsticks
- 2 carrots, cut in thick slices
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 6 cups water for the broth
- 2 cups water for the soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tomatoes, 3/4 cup when pureed
- 1 teaspoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon dried mint
- 1/2 cup rice
- 1/2 cup boiled chickpeas
- 1/4 cup boiled corn
- 1 cup roughly chopped spinach
- 1 lemon, squeezed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Boil chicken drumsticks with carrot, garlic cloves and black pepper in 6 cups of water until tender.
- Remove the chicken from the broth and shred.
- Heat olive oil in a deep pot. Saute pureed tomatoes and Homemade Tomato Paste with dried mint in it.
- Pour 2 cups of pure water and the chicken broth including carrot and garlic into the pot. Add rice when it boils. Cook until tender.
- Add shredded chicken, chickpeas and corn. Let it simmer for 5-10 minutes.
- Finally add in the spinach, lemon juice and salt. Simmer for a few minutes.
- Serve hot with croutons.
If the soup gets thicker when it gets cold, just add in some hot water and then heat the soup stirring occasionally.