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Simple Spanish Chicken Soup With Rice Recipe

In this recipe, we are going to talk about the Spanish chicken soup with rice, one of the favorite soups for Andalusians to go through the cold winter. 

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This recipe remains a “fan favorite” because not only does it keep you warm throughout the day, but thanks to the nutritional properties of its ingredients, it is the ideal remedy for dealing with common colds.

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Background of the dish

Of course, it is impossible to know for sure who invented the recipe for Spanish chicken and rice, or the exact date on which it happened, but the region of its origin is known.

This chicken and Spanish rice recipe were created in the south of Spain and later transmitted to the different countries of Latin America where each one made their own version of the dish.

The dish was created in the south of Spain thanks to the existing trade with India and other Asian countries, where rice was commonly consumed.

In addition to that, a large number of chicken farms in rural Andalucia allowed this chicken and rice Spanish recipe to exist, and it remains popular even today.

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Things You’ll Need To Make Spanish Chicken Rice Soup 

One of the great advantages of this recipe for Spanish chicken soup is that you do not need any kitchen product other than a large pot and a couple of knives and spoons, something that is easily found in every home.

The ingredients to make this Sopa de pollo con arroz are extremely easy to find, you might even have some of them in your pantry already!

Besides that, there are multiple changes that you can make on the ingredients, based on your personal taste or diet, so there are no excuses, you’ll have to try this recipe!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (200g) rice
  • 8 cups (1.9L) chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 to 3 stacks of celery
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 can (14.5onz) canned tomatoes
  • ½ cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 cups (350g) chicken (cooked and diced)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

How to make Spanish Chicken Soup With Rice – Step by Step Guide

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  1. The first step on how to make spanish chicken soup is pretty simple! You just have to grab a large pot, where you usually make soup on, and add butter and oil, then heat it on a medium to high heat until the butter melts.
  2. When the butter melts add chopped onions and celery, you can chop it on any shape or size that you want. You have to cook and stir it frequently because otherwise, the onion might get brown and overcooked. When that’s ready add garlic and cook for one more minute.
  3. Then add the canned and peeled tomatoes and cilantro, cook for 3 more minutes and with a spoon break the tomatoes. You can also blend the tomatoes on a food processor and add them as a sauce instead of breaking them with a spoon, anyway will work!
  4. After that add rice and stir so it gets coated in tomato and the other vegetables, this will really help to stick all the flavors together. Then add the chicken broth or Caldo de pollo, cooked chicken, salt, and pepper. You can use any part of the chicken, just make sure to measure it and cook it!
  5. Bring the Spanish rice chicken soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cook for 20 minutes, or until the rice is done. Serve it warm.

Substitution of ingredients

Cooking Chicken Broth

As well as other Spanish chicken soup recipes, there are many substitutions of ingredients that you can make and still get a wonderful result. The easiest one is to remove the chicken if you or any of your guests follow a vegetarian diet.

You can also change the rice for any type of noodles of your choice, of course by making these changes it won’t be a Spanish chicken rice recipe, but it works as an amazing replacement.

Besides that, you can make some sort of “mash-up” between this recipe and other Spanish soup recipes, like by adding more garlic or cooked beans you’ll have a mix between this Spanish chicken soup and the famous Spanish garlic soup and Spanish bean soup.

I also want to encourage you to add more spices according to your personal taste. A teaspoon of saffron or paprika will really elevate the complexity of the flavors of this soup.

You can also add some chopped red or yellow bell peppers and cook them with the onion, it will make your soup more colorful and tasty.

If you liked this recipe I recommend you to try other famous Andalusian foods, like the Spanish shrimp soup, Spanish fish soup, and Spanish lentil soup.

Andalusian recipes are a one-way trip as they are full of different and delicious flavors, in addition to being hot and cold soups, seafood, and much more!

Tips on Serving Spanish Chicken Soup with Rice

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This Spanish chicken soup is commonly served at lunch or dinner as a main dish. It is eaten as a main dish because due to its ingredients it fills you to a great extent, and you will not need any other food.

As an expert tip, I recommend that you toast some bread with olive oil and cut it into small cubes, then just serve the soup on each plate, put a little on top.

This will make your soup have more flavor and texture, plus everyone will be very happy and full!

How to store Spanish Chicken Soup With Rice

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Fortunately, storing this soup is very simple, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days since the fat in the chicken broth helps the taste of the soup remain intact.

Now, freezing it is a bit more complicated, since if you freeze the rice and the broth together, they may take on strange tastes and the rice becomes very wet and sticky.

What you should do is separate the rice from the rest of the soup, so you should actually cook it separately since otherwise, it would be extremely difficult to strain it.

Then you must cook the rice with salt and pepper, let it cool and put it in a container with a lid or cover it with plastic wrap, you can also add a few tablespoons of oil to prevent it from sticking and then freeze it for up to 15 days.

To defrost the rice, leave it overnight in the refrigerator the day before eating it since doing it in the microwave or at room temperature will ruin it completely.

You can also freeze the broth with the chicken separately in a covered bowl, and it will last up to 15 days in the freezer, you should also unfreeze it in the refrigerator the night before eating it.

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Recipe Card: Spanish Chicken Soup With Rice

Yield: 4

Spanish Chicken Soup With Rice

Dietary chicken soup with rice and carrots. Healthy food. Flat lay. Top view

In this recipe, we are going to talk about the Spanish soup of chicken with rice, one of the favorite soups for Andalusians to go through the cold winter. 

This recipe remains a "fan favorite" because not only does it keep you warm throughout the day, but thanks to the nutritional properties of its ingredients, it is the ideal remedy for dealing with common colds.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (200g) rice
  • 8 cups (1.9L) chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 to 3 stacks of celery
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 can (14.5onz) canned tomatoes
  • ½ cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 cups (350g) chicken (cooked and diced)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a large pot add butter and oil, heat it over medium to high heat.
  2. When the butter melts add chopped onions and celery. Cook and stir frequently making sure that the onion doesn’t brown. Add garlic and cook for one more minute.
  3. Then add tomatoes and cilantro, cook for 3 more minutes, and with a spoon break the tomatoes.
  4. After that add rice and stir so it gets coated in tomato. Then add the chicken broth, chicken, salt, and pepper.
  5. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cook for 20 minutes, until the rice is done. Serve warm.

Notes

As well as other Spanish chicken and rice recipes, you can use any spices of your choice, like paprika, saffron, more or less pepper, etc.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 252Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 22mgSodium 1265mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 1gSugar 10gProtein 13g

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