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Healthy Chicken Rice and Bean Soup

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Yesterday was the first day of school for my 8 year old.

She was excited to go back after 2 odd weeks of being off.

During the holidays, both her younger siblings fell ill with the usual coughs and colds.

She escaped the bug going round…

at least till this morning.

Poor child woke up with a mild fever, a cough and a runny nose.

Hubs and I decided she had to stay at home to recuperate and contain the germs from spreading at school. So this afternoon for lunch, I decided to make her a healthy chicken rice and bean soup that would soothe her throat and be hearty enough to satisfy her weak appetite.

Healthy Chicken Rice and Bean Soup

Healthy Chicken Rice and Bean Soup

This is practically a dump-everything-in-one-pot-and-cook kind of recipe if you used canned pinto and white beans. I personally prefer cooking everything from scratch when time permits (and I have the resources on hand) so I did pressure cook the pre-soaked pinto beans and white beans separately before adding the same to the soup.



This is a pretty forgiving soup, so feel free to throw in some celery, spinach and corn if you would like.

Healthy Chicken Rice and Bean Soup

And make sure you serve this nice and hot.

5 from 1 vote
Healthy Chicken Rice and Bean Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

A hearty, nutritious soup that should be made in large batches as a bowl at one meal just doesn't suffice!

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Soup
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Marina
Ingredients
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 pound boneless chicken cut into small nuggets or strips
  • 1 white onion-sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic-chopped
  • 2 roma tomatoes-chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked pinto and white beans a mix or 1 cup cooked pinto beans and 1 cup white beans
  • 2 cups carrots- sliced into thin round circles
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro-chopped
  • 1 cup brown rice/ Indian Matta rice I used Matta rice
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 - 1 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper powder
  • 1/8 th tsp chilli powder
  • Salt to flavor/season
  • The juice from 1 lemon
Instructions
  1. If you're using uncooked pinto beans and white beans, pressure cook these separately with 2 cups of water and seasoned with salt and pepper. Once cooked through, set aside till ready to boil your soup.
  2. In a soup pot, throw everything into the same (except for the lemon juice and cilantro) and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat and allow the chicken and rice to cook on a slow heat, with the soup simmering to allow the flavors to marry well.
  3. Once the chicken and rice are cooked, add the cilantro and take the pot off the stove.
  4. Add the lemon juice and stir before serving ladles full of this hearty, healthy soup.

Enjoy the wholesome, comforting appeal of this soup, especially now when it’s pretty cold outdoors.

Is there a particular soup you enjoy when you feel under the weather or when it’s cold outdoors?

(Thanks for agreeing this soup is the one on Yummly.)

Healthy Chicken Rice and Bean Soup

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26 Comments

  1. This sounds delicious, and being healthy is a big bonus! Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe.

  2. That soup just looks and sounds like everything I would love right now. It’s so cold here in England at the moment and soup is high on my cold weather food list!

  3. I love beans, rice and chicken so it just makes sense that I would devour this soup in seconds. I really would because it looks that amazing. Thanks for sharing your photos and your recipe.

  4. I only eat 2 kinds of soup. The first is tomato and I will only eat it will a grilled cheese sandwich. The second is chicken noodle and only when I am sick.

  5. Yum now that is a full, hearty soup! It looks delicious. I would LOVE to give this one a try! Especially on a day like today!

  6. A nice, hearty soup is perfect for the cold weather! I could definitely use some warm soup now and this looks great.

  7. Rice and bean is one of my all time favorite soups. Five stars for this recipe, it looks so good!

  8. This is such an easy recipe to make and it is very yummy, I’ll have to make this for my family; without a doubt five stars!

  9. I should definitely try this recipe for dinner later! It looks really yummy and healthy!

  10. I love the look of this soup. I’d really enjoy it with all the beans it in, I have to try and make it.

  11. When it is cold outside, like it is today, I have a lemon chicken rice soup I love to make. It is simple, tastes great and is filling. Your recpe looks enticing!

  12. The colder it gets the more I want taco soup or chili. I’m going to make chili tomorrow. Your soup looks great.

  13. Getting a chicken + bean + soup is a healthy calorie. I recommend this recipe! Thank you for sharing

  14. This looks delicious. I have been on the hunt for more healthy {yummy} recipes for my family. I will so be making this. Thank you!

  15. Yum! I totally could make this because I have a lot of the ingredients already. There are a few spices I don’t have, but I could always substitute. Thanks for sharing this easy recipe!

  16. Oh yes, that is a really healthy soup, we make some sort of chicken soup at least once a week.

  17. Our eating habits last year was really bad. I want to start making more home cooked meals. This chicken rice and bean soup sounds nice and filling! Yum!

  18. WOW! What a wonderful mom you are. Instead of opening a can of soup, you made this delicious soup for your daughter. This is a healthy soup that I would love to make for my family!

  19. This looks so good right now for the chill in the air, I would so load this up with extra cilantro.

  20. Oh I love that it has the brown rice in it! I love making soups! Always warm me up during these cold winter months!

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