Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup: Keto Comfort Food

This keto-friendly, creamy chicken and rice soup recipe is as hearty and satisfying as the real thing but has just a fraction of the carbs. It’s quick and easy, too! Use leftover cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken from the deli to make this an almost instant meal.

For this recipe you’ll need: cooked chicken, chicken stock, raw cauli-rice, half and half cream, butter, garlic, herbes de provence, fresh rosemary

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Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe Backstory

I could eat soup every single day. I love how quick and easy it is and there’s something about a bowl of steaming soup that just welcomes you to the table.

One of my favorite wintertime comfort foods has always been creamy chicken and rice soup. Well, last week it was cold and rainy and I was definitely craving a bowl. I wasn’t totally sold on the idea of using cauli-rice in place of the rice called for in the recipe but I figured that it was better than either blowing my eating plan or going without.

I am really glad I did. Maybe it’s because it looks like my favorite soup, I don’t know, but when it was finished and took that first, rich spoonful my mouth was deceived into thinking it was the real thing – rice and all. The fresh rosemary brings a fresh flavor to this dish that just brings it all together.

Process shots for chicken and rice soup.
Step 1: grate or chop cauliflower. Step 2. Saute garlic. Step 3. Saute cauliflower. Step 4. Add cooked chicken and cream – heat.

Low Carb Chicken and Rice Soup Cook’s Notes

Recipe Rated: Easy

This soup is thickened by blending some of the cooked cauliflower in with the cream. Be sure to simmer the broth until it’s reduced because that will intensify the flavor as well as give it a thicker, creamier texture. Hemp hearts will also help to thicken it and help to give that chewy rice texture as well.

Here’s a refresher on how to make cauli-rice.

  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator
  • Soup does not freeze well

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup Variations

This recipe is delicious as is but there are some great variations you may want to try.

  • Use heavy cream instead of half and half
  • Almond milk works in place of the half and half – soup will not be as thick
  • Use all chicken stock and don’t blend the cauliflower in for a brothy, traditional chicken and rice soup
  • Add some sliced mushrooms
  • Use leftover turkey in place of chicken
  • Add a pinch of chili powder
  • Add chiles
Closeup of a bowl of low carb chicken and rice soup
Adding a spring of rosemary to this creamy chicken and rice soup creates color and flavor.

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Hemp hearts add a chewy, bready texture to recipes. Here the addition mimics rice beautifully! They are really delicious and full of fiber and flavor plus 0 net carbs!

Low Carb Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

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Creamy keto chicken and rice soup is so easy to make!

Creamy and satisfying, this low carb creamy chicken and rice soup recipe is super easy! You can make a batch and keep it in the fridge to eat for a couple of days – unlike regular rice soups this chicken and “rice” soup won’t soak up all the broth! It doesn’t freeze well, however, so only make what you’ll eat in a few days.

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Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup - Low Carb

This keto-friendly, creamy chicken and rice soup recipe is as hearty and satisfying as the real thing but has just a fraction of the carbs. Cauliflower stands in for the high carb rice.
Course Light Dinner/Lunch
Cuisine American - low -carb
Keyword comfort food, creamy, hot
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 servng
Calories 300kcal
Author Marye

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cups chicken cooked - diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic chopped
  • 1.5 ounces cauliflower riced
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup half and half cream
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts optional

Instructions

  • Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and saute for about 1 minute.
  • Add the cauliflower and continue to saute for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the chicken, chicken stock, cream, hemp hearts, and rosemary.
  • Simmer until the mixture has reduced and begun to thicken, about 5 minutes.
  • Strain out about 1/2 of the riced cauliflower and add to a blender.
  • Remove about 1/2 cup of the soup mixture, returning the chicken to the simmering soup.
  • Blend the cauliflower and cream broth in a blender until smooth.
  • Add back to the pot.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Heat through
  • Remove rosemary and discard.
  • Serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 0g | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 288mg | Potassium: 424mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 20.5mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 2.3mg

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Last Updated 11/15/2019

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