Spanish Chicken and Rice Soup

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This Spanish Chicken and Rice Soup (also called Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup) is a richly flavored Mexican chicken soup with rice seasoned with traditional Mexican flavors.

This Spanish Chicken and Rice Soup (also called Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup) is a richly flavored chicken rice soup seasoned with traditional Mexican flavors

This Mexican Chicken Rice Soup is made with chicken and boxed Spanish rice mix for convenience.  It’s an easy chicken and rice soup to make on chilly winter days.   Your whole family will love it!

This Spanish Chicken and Rice Soup (also called Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup) is a richly flavored chicken rice soup seasoned with traditional Mexican flavors

This Spanish Chicken and Rice Soup is simple to make (unbelievably so) and rich with flavor.  For those of you experiencing the winter storms hitting parts of the country….this soup promises to warm you to your toes!  It’s made with boxed Spanish rice and seasonings.  I use Lundberg (found at health food store) which uses brown rice.

CHICKEN AND RICE SOUP RECIPE

This is an easy chicken and rice soup recipe to pull together any night of the week.  For convenience, it’s made with boxed Spanish rice and seasonings.  I use Lundberg (found at health food store) which uses brown rice.  

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Unsalted butter
  • Yellow or brown onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Chicken broth
  • Bay leaf
  • Boxed Spanish rice mix (such as Lundberg, Uncle Ben’s, etc)
  • Roast chicken
  • Serve with fresh tortilla strips, grated cheese, avocado slices, lemon wedges and fresh cilantro

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN RICE SOUP

This easy chicken and rice soup comes together in about 40 minutes start-to-finish.  If you have leftover Spanish rice that you would rather use for this soup, just follow the directions but omit adding the boxed rice and seasonings.  Instead add your leftover Spanish rice at the end and heat through.

  1. Add the olive oil and butter to a large pot. Sauté the onion, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro and garlic for 3 – 4 minutes or until soft.
  2. Add the chicken broth and bay leaf and bring to a boil.
  3. Lower heat and add the boxed rice and seasonings.
  4. Simmer on low for about 30 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  5. Add the chicken and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  6. Add additional chicken broth if the soup is too thick.

CAN I USE LEFTOVER COOKED SPANISH RICE

Yes!  If you have leftover Homemade Spanish Rice that you would rather use, then follow the directions for this soup, but omit the boxed rice and use your leftover rice.  Add the leftover Spanish rice at the end and heat through.  If you’d rather use leftover quinoa instead of leftover Spanish rice, you can add this Spanish Quinoa to your soup instead.

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Originally published 1.2014 – updated 8.2020

This Spanish Chicken and Rice Soup (also called Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup) is a richly flavored chicken rice soup seasoned with traditional Mexican flavors
Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Spanish Chicken and Rice Soup

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

This Spanish Chicken and Rice Soup (also called Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup) is a richly flavored Mexican chicken soup with rice seasoned with traditional Mexican flavors.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup yellow or brown onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh jalapeno, finely minced
  • 2 cups Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 box Spanish Rice mix (such as Lundberg, Uncle Ben's, etc)
  • 1 cup roast chicken, chopped
  • Serve with fresh tortilla strips, grated cheese, avocado slices, lemon wedges and fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil and butter to a large pot. Sauté the onion, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro and garlic for 3 - 4 minutes or until soft.
  2. Add the chicken broth and bay leaf and bring to a boil.
  3. Lower heat and add the boxed rice and seasonings.
  4. Simmer on low for about 30 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  5. Add the chicken and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  6. Add additional chicken broth if the soup is too thick.
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