Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

I grew up near Lake Tahoe for the 2nd half of my childhood life. If you’ve never visited Lake Tahoe, you’re totally missing out. It’s perfectly lovely in the summer… gorgeous lake, unbelievable sunsets, mountain hikes, fresh mountain air, and cute cabins to rent all around the lake. In the winter it’s covered in a thick layer of snow. Skiers take over the towns and inhabit the many world-class ski resorts that Tahoe has to offer. It was fun living close to Tahoe. As a kid I rode the ski bus every Saturday in the winter for lessons at the nearest resort. In high school, I talked my way onto the ski team, where we had the privilege of leaving school at 11am every Wed for a half-day on the slopes, and then I skied on Saturdays and Sundays too. Skiing makes you tired- exhausted, in fact-and it makes you ravenously hungry. After a full day of skiing, you really want to down a bowl of hot soup like this one: Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

It’s creamy, but not in a “heavy cream” sort of way. And it’s completely hearty enough to fill a freezing belly in the winter.  Our family is headed out on a ski vacation next week- the first one we’ve gone on in a couple of years.  SO excited!

Here’s what all of this crazy stuff means:
French fries with mayonnaise:  When I was in high school, I often skied with my friend Carrie.  Every time we went to the lodge for lunch, she ordered french fries with mayonnaise.  I never quite understood the appeal, but eating in a ski lodge always reminds me of that.
Adam Ant:  Back in high school, walkmans were popular (anyone remember what those were?!)  My friend Pattie and I listened to Adam Ant on the slopes, often plugging our headphones into the same walkman as we were skiing down the mountain together.  Crazy kids!
Hot beverages on the mountain:  There is absolutely nothing like drinking a hot chocolate with Baileys after you’ve skied the moguls all day long.  Best thing ever.
Hot blond, ski instructors:  When I was younger (not now… of course!) my friends and I were always on the lookout for hot, blond ski instructors.  There were always at least a few to chase down the mountain.
Soup:  The best-ever meal while spending a day on the slopes (or after) is soup.  Warmth floating into your belly is just what you need when you’re defrosting.

My family loved this soup.  Next time I will add peas and corn too!  And I can’t wait to make it again when we head to the slopes next week!  It’ll be the perfect after-ski meal, I think.  Warm comfort in a bowl.  I’m kind of a wimp these days when it’s a cold ski day, so my body will welcome this soup indeed… while we listen to Adam Ant, drink a hot beverage, reminisce about the hot ski instructors and eat french fries with mayonnaise (not!)

Yield: 4 to 5 servings

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup


1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
1 cup chopped fresh green beans
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
Two 14.5-ounce cans chicken broth
3/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons All Purpose Gold Medal® Flour
One 5-ounce can fat-free evaporated milk
2 cups chopped, cooked chicken
1 cup cooked brown rice (I make it separate, then add to the soup)


1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and green beans. Stir and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until slightly tender. Stir in the garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, seasoning, and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and milk until smooth. Stir it into the soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes, until thickened. Stir in the chicken and rice and heat through until the soup is creamy. If the soup thickens too much upon cooking or standing, it's okay to stir in a little extra chicken broth.

Source: (Adapted from Taste of Home)


  1. postedFeb 15, 2013 5:53 PM

    This looks delicious! And yes to “hot, blonde ski instructors” —except they are usually picking me up from falling, or telling me that my helmet is too loose, or that my hair is all a mess. Sigh.

  2. postedFeb 15, 2013 5:59 PM

    I didnt know you grew up near Tahoe. I love it up there. It’s so drop dead gorgeous. All of San Fran, Marin, Tahoe, that whole area is just stunning. Not that we have it too shabby here in San Diego but ykwim. And yes, skiing does make you sooooo hungry. This would be perfect after a day on the slopes!

  3. postedFeb 16, 2013 6:57 AM

    I love Lake Tahoe! I try to make it up there at least 3 times a year, it’s about a 3 hour drive for me. I’m not a skier, but if sking is how you described, I’m going this weekend! Sounds perfect, especially a male blond ski instructor! lol

    our soup looks absolutely perfect!!! Love it!!

  4. postedFeb 16, 2013 8:27 AM

    Perfect for these cold winter days

  5. postedFeb 16, 2013 10:49 AM

    Such a lovely warming bowl of soup.

    PS I *always* have my french fries with mayo. I won’t order them if there isn’t any mayo available!

  6. postedFeb 16, 2013 1:42 PM

    This sounds like the perfect comfort food after a day on the slopes!

  7. postedFeb 16, 2013 8:38 PM

    This soup looks like the perfect Michigan winter meal! Love your list…Adam Ant HA! blast from the past.

  8. postedFeb 16, 2013 8:48 PM

    I needed this soup this past week when I had a cold. This is total comfort food.

  9. postedFeb 17, 2013 7:39 AM

    I still love french fries with mayo. Oh! And i also remember loving the hot blond ski instructors. Hmmmm… Forget Adam Ant, I seem to recall a Genesis concert

    • postedFeb 17, 2013 7:41 AM

      Ha! That doesn’t surprise me at all. Hope to see some of those hot blonds this week at Mammoth! Genesis concert = awesome, but Van Halen better!

  10. postedFeb 17, 2013 1:36 PM

    I grew up in Sacramento, so I know Tahoe and all of it’s glory so well. We used to grab In n Out or pizza on the way back down the hill after a day in the snow. Now I just would like a big bowl of this soup though. It is rainy today, here in Portland, so soup is needed. It looks amazingly good.

  11. postedFeb 17, 2013 4:47 PM

    Soup looks so good! I live overseas and haven’t seen evaporated milk…but will look. I am guessing plain milk could work? maybe just not as creamy?

    • postedFeb 18, 2013 5:01 PM

      Perhaps- though I’d use whole milk.

  12. postedFeb 18, 2013 6:50 AM

    Oh girl, I haven’t been skiing OR had creamy chicken soup in so long–it’s time!

  13. postedFeb 18, 2013 7:39 AM

    This soup looks so yummy! Staying indoors this weekend and now I know what we’ll be eating – thanks!

  14. postedFeb 18, 2013 9:07 AM

    I grew up in Reno, so I was always skiing at Mt Rose, and I was also on the ski team in high school! I wasnt good at all, but it was a lot of fun 🙂 The best thing after a day of skiing is definitely a hot bowl of soup like this 🙂 This one looks so delicious!

  15. postedFeb 18, 2013 9:36 AM

    thanks for sharing part of your childhood with us 🙂

  16. postedFeb 18, 2013 2:36 PM

    LOVE your Pampered Chef Stoneware you are using to show off the fantastic recipe!!! (yes, i’m a consultant lol)

  17. postedFeb 18, 2013 7:35 PM

    I’m totally that weirdo who orders mayo with my fries. And I need ketchup too. Then I made fry sauce – because that is the end all be all of fry dips.

  18. postedFeb 18, 2013 7:46 PM

    Chicken and rice soup is quite possibly the most comforting soup ever!

  19. postedFeb 19, 2013 10:40 AM

    Love this soup. Your list makes me laugh, and brings back all my days of skiing in the winter (in the Midwest, so completely different). My brother was a ski instructor, and he was blond…so I wonder what the girls thought about him. Probably dont’ want to go there in my head 🙂

  20. postedFeb 22, 2013 5:32 PM

    Delish! Made today and it turned out great!

  21. postedMar 1, 2013 2:48 PM

    Made this for today’s supper. Hubby and I both thoroughly enjoyed it with some nice fresh crusty bread. You would never have guessed that it evaporated milk that gave it the creaminess. We will definitely be having this again 🙂

  22. postedMar 1, 2013 9:34 PM

    Sounds like a great way to grow up!! Not much skiing going on in my Manhattan childhood but plenty of hot soup to chase away the chill. Your recipe looks delicious!

  23. postedMar 23, 2013 8:35 AM
    Russell Lewis

    My wife uses all the veg you mention but startrs in a more rustic way using the leftover carcass, reducing it over a low gas with a chopped onion and a few bay leaves. She strains off the juice adds a few spoons of cream and then adds the veg.

    Ideal for the terrible snowy weather we are currently having.

    Thanks for your great cooking ideas.

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