Dad's Chicken Soup

"This isn't MY dad's chicken soup recipe, it's just what it was called. I think this originally came from Bon Appetit. I have always made it with pasta instead of rice. The thyme in this is what makes it tasty. Prep time does not include cooking the chicken."
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  • Bring first five ingredients to boil in heavy large pot or Dutch oven over high heat.
  • Mix in rice and thyme.
  • Return soup to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered until rice is tender, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.
  • Add chicken and simmer until heated through, thinning with additional broth if desired.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer soup to large bowl.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.
  • Note: if using pasta instead of rice, add it with the chicken and simmer until the pasta is tender.
  • I like corkscrew pasta in this.

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  1. Thyme was what made this great. Many positive comments. Used Rotini pasta. Sliced the carrots and onions thin instead of dicing for more rustic appearance
  2. I cooked this in my crockpot for eight hours to sell at my daughters field hockey game. Before half time of the Varsity game, it was all gone. The past was a nice twist.
  3. This was a quick, easy & tasty way to use up leftover chicken - as well as some leftover cooked rice, which I added at the very end! I scaled the recipe in half - but increased the broth to 6 cups. Thanx jmelyn!
  4. This was very good! My DH doesn't like chicken soup typically, but he did love this one. I poached the chicken breasts, and sauteed the veggies and fresh thyme in a little olive oil until soft. I added packaged chicken stock and fresh minced garlic. I also thickened the soup with about 4 tbsp cornstarch and added some 1% milk for a bit creamier broth. At the end, I added the little salad pasta rings (also cooked in chicken stock). Was delicious, and I'm very glad we have leftovers for tomorrow! Will definitely make again. Thanks for the recipe jmelyn!
  5. I made this Chicken and Rice Soup tonight for dinner and we were all pleased ! I did make a few changes. <br/><br/>Here is what I did:<br/>I started with 12 cups low sodium chicken broth<br/>1 Tbsp. Mrs. Dash garlic & herb<br/> added <br/>10 frozen chicken tenders<br/> I let that cook while I chopped<br/>1/2 large white onion<br/>2 large celery sticks<br/>1 large garlic clove <br/> and grated my 2 carrots fairly finely (like for a salad)<br/> Then added <br/>2 cups of uncooked long grain brown rice<br/><br/>I cooked it for an hour to let the long grain rice cook.<br/>When it was done, I pulled out the chicken and chopped it into bite size pieces.<br/><br/>The grated carrots gave it pretty color and the rice absorbed most of the liquid. I am not a soup maker, but this was really good. I was pleased! And my husband and son even more so ! Janice from Anchorage, Alaska


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