Meals as Ministry: Chicken Rice Soup

My poor Mother-in-Law is really under the weather. So I threw together this simple and versatile chicken and rice soup. 

It would be great cold-weather ministry meal for a new family or a family dealing with illness. Just get a big food container from the dollar store and deliver it with some bread!

Chicken and Rice Soup

2 quarts chicken stock (or water with bullion)
1-2 chicken breasts, cooked
1 cup rice, cooked
2-3 large carrots, cut into bite-sized pieces
2-3 celery stalks, diced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced, or 1 tsp garlic powder
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp dried
salt and pepper to taste 

Combine all ingredients in dutch oven or stock pot and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer until vegetables are tender. Make sure any frozen ingredients used are well heated.

This only took me 10 minutes to put together using a few tips: 

  • When you have a recipe using rice, cook extra and freeze. Freezing in 1-2 cup portions also help.  I threw the already cooked rice in frozen. 
  • I batch cooked several chicken breasts in a crock pot and froze individual breasts in plastic bags, nesting them in a large zip bag. I just tossed a few of the chicken breasts into the soup frozen and used kitchen shears to cut them up in the pot once they were thawed. 
  • Keep diced onion in a bag in the fridge. 
  • I also keep any misc frozen veggies on hand for this kind of thing. See that lone pea in there? 🙂 That was from the small bit of frozen peas still left in the bag. 
This soup freezes well and can also be pressure canned for future use. 

What are your favorite food when you’re not feeling well? What do you make for your sick husband and kids? 

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