Eat the rainbow, and enjoy a bowl of Broccoli Chicken Rice Soup, packed with brightly colored veggies! Serve with a handful of your favorite cheese on top!

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Friends, it’s snowing this weekend here in central Oregon, so perfect for a comfort soup! It’s hard to believe, since we’re into April now. [This post is in partnership with Ryobi.]

Get cozy with chicken soup!

Time to get cozy and make this soup, or pull our your crock pot and make this Slow Cooker Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup! Or if you love white beans, try my Slow Cooker White Bean Basil Chicken Soup.

Broccoli Chicken Rice Soup

Last week on my Insta story, I shared the process of making this Broccoli Chicken Rice Soup. So easy.

You start with a rotisserie chicken like I did, or any chicken will work for this recipe. Even canned chicken!

How to cook the chicken

Best secret? Keep the skin on (with rotisserie chicken) for the best flavor!

  1. Place a rotisserie chicken in a large pot of water.
  2. Add 1 onion and celery, salt and pepper and garlic powder.
  3. Boil, and then simmer and cook for 30 minutes.

Broccoli cheese soup takes me back to my childhood. This is a healthier version, but with the option to add handfuls of cheese on top.

Soup was about the only way I would voluntarily eat broccoli as a kid, unless it was overcooked in a chicken divan recipe. HA!

Oh, and here’s a healthier version of that (with broccoli that is not overcooked). HA! Rolled Broccolini Curried Chicken Divan.

For a delicious dinner, ready in a snap, enjoy this chicken, rice, and broccoli soup!

Refrigerate or freeze if there are any leftovers!

Ingredients for this soup:

  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Celery, carrots, and onion
  • Salt and pepper, garlic powder, thyme
  • Chicken stock
  • Cooked rice (we used brown)
  • Broccoli florets
  • Shallots
  • Olive oil
  • Cheese for topping (we used Cabot brand; have you tried their Cracked Peppercorn Cheddar Cheese?)

These times we are living in can really offer us the opportunity to refocus on what is truly important.

Life is precious, and moments are fleeting, so why not make the ordinary days at home extra ordinary? These are the weeks or months where we will look back with our families and say, remember when?

We’ve been working on home projects (our kitchen is coming along), and also pulled out all the photo albums to organize to start digitizing. We’re also keeping a puzzle going … [White Mountain brand is the BEST!]

21 in. 40-Volt Brushless Cordless Electric Snow Blower

Since we’ve had a few snow storms in the last few weeks, I want to share about our Ryobi snow blower. You can watch how easy it is to use in my Instagram highlights.


  • Powered by two 40-Volt lithium batteries
  • Clears snow up to 13 in. without the hassle of gas or oil
  • Includes (2) High Capacity 5 Ah Batteries
  • Charger Included

In 15 minutes we had all of our decks cleared for the day! It’s important here in central Oregon, because if you don’t get the first snow up, it freezes.

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Soak in the beauty

So for today, soak in the beauty around you as a gift, when you aren’t inspired to create it. In other words, you may not have home projects, but you have the time write a letter, call a friend, watch movies that you always have wanted to watch, eat together.

Talk together … be together!

And enjoy this cozy soup recipe!

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Broccoli Chicken Rice Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 1 whole rotisserie chicken
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 6 cups cooked rice
  • 3-4 carrots, sliced
  • 4 cups chopped broccoli
  • 2 large shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme


  • Place a rotisserie chicken in a large pot of water. Add 1 onion and celery, salt and pepper and garlic powder. Boil, and then simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Cook brown rice according to directions.
  • Saute sliced shallots in olive oil for 2-3 minutes, until soft.
  • Keep the broth! Remove the chicken from the broth; when cool enough, debone the chicken. Remove the onions and celery; cut into small places and place back in the broth. Cut deboned chicken into small pieces and place back into the broth. Add 1 quart of chicken broth.
  • Add to the chicken broth mixture the cooked rice, shallots, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
  • Lastly, with a mandolin, thinly slice the remaining 3-4 large carrots. Add the carrots and the broccoli to the pot. Cover with a lid and simmer for additional 15 minutes.
  • Serve with shredded cheese!
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course, Soup
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This post is sponsored by Ryobi Outdoor, who provided this snow blower. All opinions are my own!