Whenever I’m sick, I always crave chicken noodle soup. However, I’m the type of person that would much rather make it myself than eat from a can, and sometimes when you’re not feeling well, it can be a burden to go to the store, get a chicken, make your broth, and embark on an hours-long process just for a bowl of soup. This recipe provides a great alternative, yet still delivers a rich chicken flavor from the broth, and includes ingredients you most likely have in your house already.


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: about 8

¾ cup brown rice
4 cups + 1 tablespoon water, divided
3 tablespoons olive oil
½ onion, diced
2 medium-sized carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried dill
¼ teaspoon garlic powder, optional
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 cups chicken broth
1 bay leaf
¼ cup frozen corn kernels
¼ cup frozen peas

1. In a small saucepan, combine brown rice and 2 cups + 1 tablespoon water on high heat. Bring mixture to a boil.
2. Place lid on the pot and reduce heat to low and cook for about 30 minutes.
3. While the rice is cooking, heat olive oil in a large soup pot on medium high heat.
4. When olive oil is heated, add onions, carrots, celery and all spices. Sauté for about 5 minutes, or until onions are tender and translucent.

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5. Add chicken broth, remaining 2 cups of water and bay leaf.
6. Turn heat on high and bring mixture to a boil.
7. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, uncovered.

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8. When the rice is finished cooking, add to the soup mixture.
9. Add frozen peas and corn, and let simmer for about 5 more minutes.

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