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Chicken & Rice Soup with Cheese Quesadillas

October 16, 2019 | Author: Ashley McCrary

If you are searching for a CHEAP and SIMPLE meal, look no further. My Chicken and Rice Soup served with a side of Cheese Quesadillas is sure to bring a smile to the whole family.

If you are looking through your fridge and trying to make something work with very little on hand, I’m sure this recipe will save the day. Not only was this meal a win for my husband, but my kids also gobbled it up and asked for seconds.

What do you need for this Chicken and Rice Soup?

  • Boiled or rotisserie chicken
  • Frozen or canned peas and carrots
  • Chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper
  • Rice of choice (I used brown, but you can also sub cauliflower rice)
Chicken and Rice Soup

That’s it, 5 ingredients will get dinner or lunch on the dinner table. Additionally, serving this soup with a cheese quesadillas will not only add a little texture to the meal, but will help keep you full longer.

Remember, meals don’t have to be 5 stars every single day of the week. Sometimes it is nice to throw something together that is not only comforting, but that also requires minimal ingredients and minimal clean up. Sometimes I hate thinking about what I am going to make for dinner. It can be so time consuming. Simply use what you have on hand and create something like this that will keep your families belly full.

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Chicken & Rice Soup with Cheese Quesadillas- Recipes for Hope

A hearty and filling Chicken & Rice Soup with Cheese Quesadillas. If you are needing the perfect comfort meal that is sure to please a crowd, give this recipe a try!

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 68 people 1x

Ingredients

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Chicken & Rice Soup

  • 4 cups shredded chicken (can you boiled chicken breast or even use rotisserie chicken)
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups brown rice (or cauliflower rice)
  • 1 12 oz bag frozen peas and carrots 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 tsp pepper 

Cheese Quesadillas

  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (or cheese of choice)
  • 1 tbsp ghee (divided)

Instructions

Chicken & Rice Soup

  1. Place a large pot over medium heat and add the ghee along with the minced garlic. Mix together for a minute or so.
  2. Transfer the shredded chicken to the pot and allow the ghee, garlic and chicken cook together for 3-4 minutes. (This gives the chicken a great flavor)
  3. Pour in the chicken and beef broth in the pot with the chicken. Bring the liquid to a boil and then add the . Add in the rice and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the frozen peas and carrots in the broth and allow all this to cook for 25-30 minutes, or until the rice is tender.

Cheese Quessdillas

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ghee and allow to melt down completely.
  2. Place one large tortilla in the bottom of the skillet and evenly add the shredded cheese on top of the tortilla.
  3. Place the second tortilla on top of the cheese. Cook 2 minutes on each side until browned and cheese melted.

Notes

  • To make this Paleo and Whole30 compliant, simply sub cauliflower rice for the brown rice. Peas are now Whole30 compliant. Rules changed Feb 2020
  • For the shredded chicken you can use rotisserie chicken. Just remove the skin and shred using a fork.
  • To cook the chicken for the soup, bring a pot of water on the stove and add four chicken breast. Boil the chicken until the internal temperature is 165F. This will take about 6-7 minutes or so. Drain the water and shred the chicken once it is cooled. Use 2 forks to shred the chicken.
  • The nutritional facts are for 1 serving of the soup and does not include the cheese quesadilla. 
  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Soup/Entree
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Calories: 260
  • Sugar: 1.8
  • Sodium: 1140
  • Fat: 5
  • Carbohydrates: 39
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 13
  • Cholesterol: 32.1

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11 thoughts on "Chicken & Rice Soup with Cheese Quesadillas"

  1. Alicia says:

    Do you cook the soup with or without the lid?

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      You can do either way. I usually will add a lid.

  2. Michelle says:

    The soup looks so yummy. I’m going to make it tonight but only have frozen chicken. Dumb question but can I use frozen chicken? I also don’t have beef broth on hand. Can I sub it with something else?

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Yes you can use frozen chicken. Any kinda of broth will substitute nicely.

  3. Danielle Metro says:

    Can’t wait to make this

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      🙂

  4. Vanessa says:

    This looks delicious!!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thank you 🙂

  5. Samanth says:

    Made this last week and it was so tasty. The ghee and garlic….. YUM!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      So happy to hear! Thank you

  6. Allyson says:

    Should I cook the chicken before putting it in the pot? Also is it okay if I have boneless chicken breasts?


 

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