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Chicken & Rice Taco Soup – Cheesy, Spicy Goodness for the Soul!

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Do you love Mexican food? So do I, my friend! But right now, it’s COLD, so I need comfort food! I’ve combined the best of both worlds in this new recipe, Cheesy Chicken & Rice Taco Soup! 

frozen chicken in a stock pot with chopped onion | chicken and rice taco soup recipe

The first thing I did was brown my chicken. I used 1.5 pounds of frozen chicken breasts. I also diced an onion to sauté along with my meat.

adding salsa to cooking chicken | chicken and rice taco soup recipe

Next, I added one jar of thick and chunky salsa to my cooking chicken. I like spicy foods, so my salsa is HOT. You might want to try mild or medium. 

chicken broth base and a quart of water | chicken and rice taco soup

After a few minutes more of browning the chicken, I added a quart of water and a few tablespoons of chicken broth base to the pot. 

rice and water added to a rice cooker | chicken and rice taco soup

While the chicken is simmering, prepare your rice. I use a rice cooker, but you can make it on the stove as well. I got my rice cooker from Amazon and I love it! It has an optional steaming basket that you can steam veggies in as your rice cooks. I used two cups of long grain rice and 4 cups of water. To give it that extra Mexican kick, I added a packet of taco seasoning to the rice water! Instant Spanish rice! 

adding a taco seasoning packet to rice in a rice cooker | chicken and rice taco soup recipe

Next Up! Cheesy Goodness!

adding cream cheese to soup | chicken and rice taco soup recipe

The cheesy goodness comes in right here! Add a whole 8 ounce block of cream cheese to your simmering soup. I used a spoon and scooped off chunks of it and stirred it into the soup. 

shredded chicken added to soup | chicken and rice taco soup recipe

Once your rice is done, carefully take your chicken out of your pot, using tongs. Shred the chicken using two forks. Afterwards, add your shredded chicken back to your pot. 

adding rice to soup | chicken and rice taco soup

After you add your chicken back to the soup, you will add your prepared seasoned rice to the mix! Give the whole thing a good stir and let simmer for 10 more minutes! 

This is what it will look like after 10 minutes. If this is too thick for your taste, add a bit more water. As another idea, this could be used as a tortilla dip for a party, too! 

stirring our cheesy chicken and rice taco soup

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cheesy chicken and rice taco soup recipe

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cheesy chicken and rice taco soup recipe

Let’s Eat! Hope you will try my
Cheesy Chicken & Rice Taco Soup Recipe!

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5-2 pounds of boneless chicken breast
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 1 – 24 ounce jar of chunky salsa
  • 4 cups of prepared long grain rice
  • 1 quart of water
  • 3 tablespoons of chicken broth base or 1 quart of chicken broth
  • 1 taco seasoning packet
  • 1 – 8 ounce block of cream cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: 

  1. Brown chicken with chopped onion.
  2. Add salsa, water, and broth base or a quart of prepared chicken broth and cook on med/high until chicken is cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, add 2 cups of rice, 4 cups of water and one taco seasoning packet to your rice cooker. If you don’t have a rice cooker, you can make it on your stove instead.
  4. Once the rice is ready, remove your chicken breast from the soup and shred it with a fork. Return the shredded chicken to your soup.
  5. Add your seasoned rice as well. Let simmer for 10 more minutes. If it’s too thick, add a bit more water.
  6. Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream or Greek yogurt, and diced avocado!

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