Recipe video above. You don't need to manhandle a whole chicken to make a beautiful flavour infused, golden, savoury broth. Use chicken pieces instead - it's so much faster and the broth is absolutely incredible! Better flavour that using breast or rotisserie chicken. Inactive simmer time: 30 minutes.
Keyword: Chicken and Rice Soup
1tbspbutter(or more oil)
2garlic cloves, minced
3carrots, halved then cut into 1cm / 2/5" slices (quarter if really thick)
3celery ribs, cut into 1 cm / 2/5" slices
3tspVegeta stock powder, or 2 x vegetable or chicken bouillon cube, or 2 tsp powder (Note 2)
1/2tspdried thyme, optional
1/4tspblack pepper, finely ground
4 cups (1 litre)chicken broth, low sodium
4 cups (1 litre)water
600 g (1.2 lb)bone in, skinless chicken thighs, 4 x 150g/5oz (Note 1)
1 cup (180g)long grain white rice, uncooked (Note 3)
Salt, adjust to taste
1tbspfinely chopped parsley(optional)
Place oil and butter in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, cook for 5 minutes until onion is translucent.
Cover with lid, simmer on medium low for 30 minutes. Adjust heat so it's bubbling a nice amount, but not crazy energetically or super slowly. Skim off excess foam build up once or twice (not critical, just makes broth clearer).
Remove chicken into large bowl. Shred with 2 forks, discard bones then stir into soup.
Stir in half the parsley, taste for salt and add if required. Serve, then garnish with extra parsley.
1. CHICKEN: Fat is where all the flavour is, so I use bone in thigh for this recipe. I remove the skin otherwise the soup is a bit too greasy - just pull it off, it comes off easily. Skinless bone in thighs are sold in packets at Woolies in Australia - they are great value.Alternative cuts: drumsticks will also work, no need to remove skin, use 1 kg/2lb. Skinless boneless thighs are the next best - but only cook for 15 min then add the rice, cook for further 15 min then take the chicken out, shred then return to soup, serve.Store bought rotisserie chicken: Follow recipe except reduce water by 1 cup, use 2 1/2 cups of chopped or shredded chicken. Then add the broth and water, bring to simmer, add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes, then add rice, cook for 15 minutes, then serve.Breast is so lean, it simply doesn't infuse the broth with enough flavour so I can't recommend it BUT in the event of an emergency, it can be used. Simmer 500g/1lb of breast gently for 10 minutes, then add rice and cook both for 15 minutes, remove breast, shred, return to soup, serve.2. VEGETA STOCK POWDER (vegetable stock powder):
This is just a type of stock powder / bouillon cube in powder form. It's my favourite for clear soups like this for both flavour and also because it gives it that yellowish tinge that I associate with this soup. It's sold at supermarkets here in Australia alongside other stock powders & liquid broth, and here it is on Amazon. It's quite popular in European recipes, from what I've seen.However, any vegetable or chicken bouillon cube (crumbled) or powder is perfectly fine to substitute.3. RICE: Any ordinary white rice is ideal here - long grain, medium, short grain, sushi rice, jasmine and basmati. Quinoa could also be used. Paella and risotto rice are not suitable. Brown and wild rice needs to be added 5 minutes after the chicken is added (it needs 40 minutes to cook).4. STORAGE: Use a slotted spoon to separate the rice and all soup contents from the broth. Store in separate containers, otherwise you'll end up with a stodgy mushy rice block! Refrigerate then reheat soup first, then add the rice and stuff.Taking it somewhere? Here is what I do: Cook it all the way to the end but do not add rice. Cook the rice separately as follows: Place 1 cup rice in a saucepan with 1 cup of finished soup liquid plus 1/2 cup of water. Cover with lid then bring to simmer on medium, then cook for 12 - 15 minutes until water is all absorbed (tilt to check). Remove from stove, leave covered and stand for 10 minutes. Remove lid, fluff rice, then put rice in a separate container to the rest of the soup. To assemble, heat the soup, then add the rice.5. Add Ins: See in post for ideas.6. Nutrition per serving, assuming 5 servings (it's a generous bowl). Reduces to 380 calories if made using 500g/1lb breast.