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Chicken Soup with Rice

This nutritious chicken soup with rice was inspired Maurice Sendak's book of the same name.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Fall


  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, plus more roughly chopped for garnish
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 leek, white and light-green parts, thinly sliced and washed well
  • 8 cups homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock
  • 1 whole skinless and boneless chicken breast
  • 3 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3/4 cup long-grain rice


  1. Make bouquet garni: Bundle peppercorns, parsley, thyme, and bay leaf in cheesecloth; secure with kitchen twine.

  2. Heat butter in a small stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion and leek; cook until soft and translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add stock and bouquet garni, and bring to a bare simmer. Add chicken; poach, uncovered, until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a plate. When cool enough to handle, shred into small pieces with your hands or a large fork. Set aside.

  4. Meanwhile, add carrots, celery, and rice to stock; cook until vegetables are tender and rice is done, about 18 minutes. Return chicken to pot until heated through. Serve in soup bowls; garnish with parsley.

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