Tomato Chicken Rice Soup

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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.

Tomato Chicken Rice Soup | | #chickensoup

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.

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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.

Tomato Chicken Rice Soup | | #chickensoup

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

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Tomato Chicken Rice Soup

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

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  • 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


  1. Boil chicken drumsticks with carrot, garlic cloves and black pepper in 6 cups of water until tender.
  2. Remove the chicken from the broth and shred.
  3. Heat olive oil in a deep pot. Saute pureed tomatoes and Homemade Tomato Paste with dried mint in it.
  4. 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.
  5. Add shredded chicken, chickpeas and corn. Let it simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Finally add in the spinach, lemon juice and salt. Simmer for a few minutes.
  7. 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.


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I’m a bit confused on step 5. Do you mean 2 cups of pure water and another 2 cups of broth??

I make the broth myself using chicken drumsticks. Boil the drumsticks in 6 cups of water until tender. It takes about 30 minutes or more depending on the chicken. The amount of broth will decrease as it boils and it will have a dense chicken flavor. Use the remaining broth (definitely less than 6 cups after boiling for 30 minutes), but it will not be enough for the soup, so 2 cups of pure water is needed. I don’t want my soup to be heavy with the chicken flavor that much, that’s why I use a combination of pure water and chicken broth. Hope it is clear now.

I made this tonight! It was excellent!!! I will be making it again soon (and doubling the recipe)!!!

Made this tonight — yum! I added a parsnip and subbed the rice with barley. Great recipe. 🙂

I made this today and liked it! However it was a tad bland for me, so I added extra salt, pepper and a dash of red pepper flake. Also topped Parmesan cheese to make the broth super creamy.

This is the best chicken soup I’ve ever had! I crave it every week! Thank you so much for sharing!

Glad that you loved it Samantha! It’s one of my favorites too. Thanks for sharing your feelings here.