They say chicken soup is good for the soul, but when you factor in the addition of mushrooms, onions, and garlic, and the always comforting effects of rice, this soup is good for a lot more things than just your soul--like your wallet, for example! Serve topped with sour cream, thyme leaves, and diced red onion.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
2 hrs 30 mins
10 mins
3 hrs
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Place chicken, carrot, celery, onion, and bay leaf in a stockpot. Add 4 quarts of cold water, or enough to cover the chicken. Bring to a simmer on high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer gently until the meat can be easily pulled off the bones and is no longer pink in the center, about 1 1/2 hours.

  • Remove the meat and bones to a bowl and allow to cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Leave the stockpot over low heat. Separate the meat from the bones and skin and break it up into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

  • Transfer the bones and skin back to the stockpot and continue to simmer on low until needed.

  • Melt butter in a soup pot over medium-high heat until it starts to brown. Add mushrooms and salt; saute until mushrooms are well browned. Add garlic and diced onion and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Strain in 4 cups of the chicken broth from the stockpot and bring to a simmer. Add black pepper, cayenne, and thyme. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Add rice and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if needed; remove thyme stems. Stir in the chicken meat and a few more cups of the chicken broth to achieve the desired texture. The soup will continue to thicken as the rice swells, so more may be needed if you want a thinner soup.

  • Let simmer until chicken is heated through and has absorbed the flavors, and rice is fully cooked, about 15 minutes. Taste one last time for seasoning. Adjust with more broth as needed. Serve immediately.

Chef's Notes:

You can use red or yellow onion in this soup, and any type of rice.

For a quick-pickled red onion, combine diced red onion with red wine vinegar, cover, and let sit in the refrigerator until they turn red, 6 to 12 hours. Drain and serve.

Nutrition Facts

513 calories; protein 48.5g; carbohydrates 34.9g; fat 19.3g; cholesterol 152.8mg; sodium 472.3mg. Full Nutrition


Rating: 5 stars
I came from YouTube and this looked amazing so I had to try! I did use baked chicken breast instead of boiled whole chicken to use what I already had on hand which worked great as well. I’ll admit I thought that sour cream and red wine vinegar onions were a little strange at first but they ended up being a must! The acidity from the sour cream and onion brought the soup up a notch, so good! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this twice since this recipe was released. It is that amazing. I made it the exact way as the video. Don’t skip the sour cream, pickled onions or the thyme. Every single component adds and makes the dish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I love everything from Chef John. This was an all day process, but worth it. I used brown rice which took longer to cook - I think I'd cook the rice separately next time, and add at the end (which Chef John mentions in the video). Anyhow, I was the C Everett Coop of my Chicken Rice soup - and it was oh, so good! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very good! Definitely add the pickled red onions. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
So yummy! This is a warm and comforting meal. I used a mix of Baby Bella and Shiitaki (stems removed) mushrooms, which provided a great flavor. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Really enjoyed this. Super easy, tasty, and cheap. Perfect for a cold day. I didn’t have a super large pot so i got the smallest chicken I could find at the grocery store. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I followed every step and this soup is the real deal : fresh & hearty. The freshly made broth makes all the difference. Be careful with the amount of rice you use since rice expands when cooked! I can't wait to make this again! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I made this just like the recipe said and I thought it was way too many mushrooms and it didn't taste like chicken soup. Dissappointed. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
He's done it again, folks. This is a fantastic, hearty soup. I made some slight changes to suit my circumstances (e.g., added carrots, more cayenne), but that's just me cookin'.;) Keeping the chicken in large chunks is key to prevent it from breaking down into much smaller pieces when added back to the pot. Chapeau, chef! Read More