This chicken and rice soup is easy to make and very comforting. In Colombia they usually serve sopa de arroz con pollo with a banana, avocado and lime on the side.
Rice and Soup are food staples in Colombia and in this Sopa de Arroz con Pollo the rice creates a wonderful consistency.
This homemade rice and chicken soup was one of my grandmother’s favorite soups. She would eat it with avocado and banana on the side. Colombians eat bananas with soups and believe it or not, it is delicious, try it! This is real comfort food.
Tips to Make this Chicken and Rice Soup
This soup is made with chicken broth, Colombian aliños, peas, carrots, potatoes, cilantro, chicken and rice. I like to use chicken legs or thighs to make this recipe for extra flavor, but you can use chicken breast if you prefer.
This chicken and rice soup recipe can be store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop. The broth will thicken up a lot, so you may need to ½ cup of chicken broth before heating the soup.
Rice and Chicken Soup Recipe
- 8 chicken thighs or drumsticks
- 7 cups chicken broth more if needed
- ½ cup aliños sauce
- 2 diced medium white potatoes
- ½ cup long grain white rice
- ½ cup peas
- ½ cup diced carrots
- ½ cup cilantro
- In a large pot place all the ingredients except the rice and cilantro. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 35 minutes.
- Add the rice and continue simmering for about 15- 20 minutes more or until the rice is tender. Remove the chicken from the pot, remove the skin and debone it, breaking the meat into bite sized pieces, and return the meat to the soup.
- Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the cilantro and serve.
This easy chicken and rice soup is perfect for a cold day and makes a great weeknight meal.
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5 Star Foodie
Sounds super delicious and comforting! I love the idea of eating bananas with a soup - going to try next time I make one!
The best with banana
Joie de vivre
I thought we Brazilians were the only people eating banana with food.
Your soup looks delicious.
Absolutely delicious! This is the best remedy for hangover.
Absolutely delicious!!! This is the best remedy for hangover. Thanks Erica.
The Food Hunter
This soup looks delicious.
Hi Erica...Thanks for these wonderful recipes. One question on the Sopa de Arroz ...you mentioned 2 cups of water. Is that a typo? Sounds like not enough water to make the soup...
Thank you, Jorge!It was a mistake 🙂
Great recipe. I added corn instead of peas. I cooked with 1/2 an onion, celery and 1/4 of a jalapeno, which I removed after cooking. Outstanding. I also used 8 cups of water and 2 cubes of Knorr's chicken buillion. I liked using the chicken legs, added much more flavor than white meat. Thanks for the recipe.
Susan-Thank you for the feedback!Yours sounds delicious 🙂
This soups was amazing! It was the best chicken soup I've ever had!!!Wonderful blog about Traditional Colombian food. Every recipe on this site is perfect.
que tipo de platano comia su abuela maduro o verde cocido o frito ,gracias
Carmen- Ella se comia esta sopa con banano (fruta).
Uy q' rico!
I used to eat it at the pueblos in Colombia when I was little. Recently, my Egyptian husband disclosed that when he went to Colombia with me he loved our rice soup....
Your recipe looks awesome and easy. I love how you mentioned both the avocado and banana, I love avocados more than bananas, but I do the banana too hehehe.....
I will let you know how it comes out 😉
Thank you for your website, non-Colombians love Colombian food, I know that for sure!
Thanks for the recipe!
Just so you know, the word for cilantro in english is Coriander. In case you didnt know it! 🙂
We use 'cilantro' in English to refer to the bunched fresh variety you would find alongside parsley in the produce section 🙂 'coriander' would suggest the dried seeds of the cilantro plant, and is often found alongside other dried spices like cumin, caraway, and dried oregano.
Great recipe Erica!
Hi Erica, I am going to try this recipe tonight with my hubby. Wish me luck.!! 🙂
This is a very good soup, bananas and all. Thank you.
Truly enjoyed making and eating this soup. It has helped me to be more adventurous with my cooking. Even better flavor the next day!
Use 8 boneless. skinless thighs. 8-10 cups water-big pot, use much more alinos sauce Use more chicken bouillion granules, 4 poatoes, 1 C. celery,1 C.carrot and more frozen peas. Can add corn or cabbage. Freezes well.
Just wanted to say thank you for this amazing recipe. It was my first time making this soup and it was delicious, even to my children that tend to be picky with Colombian food loved it!!
I have loved every recipe of yours that I have tried, can’t wait to give this one a go.. thank you so much for this..
I could not find Alinos sauce at my grocery store. I bought something that sounded similar after I googled it (Sofrito) Tomato cooking base. Is that similar or will it ruin the dish?
You can make your own aliños. Here is the recipe ----> https://www.mycolombianrecipes.com/seasoning-paste-alinos/
Can I use chicken breast instead?