Chunky Chicken & Rice Soup Recipe
There is nothing more warming than a bowl of soup on a cold winter’s day. This dish is low in fat, contains one serving of Whole Grain per person, as well as one of your five-a-day
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- Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the stock and rice and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add the carrots and chicken and cook for 10 minutes or until the rice is cooked.
- Season with black pepper and stir in the parsley.
- Serve with crusty wholemeal bread.
- Great for using up left-over roast chicken or turkey, however, raw meat can be used if shredded and pan fried for 4-5 minutes.