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Immune Boosting Chicken and Rice Soup


Sniffles got you down? You need a bowl of Immune Boosting Chicken and Rice Soup to warm your soul and heal those sniffles!

chicken and rice soup in a white bowl

Immune Boosting Soup

So what makes this immune boosting?  The turmeric! It gives the soup this gorgeous color and helps to fight against all those winter bugs!  Turmeric is a strong antioxidant with powerful anti-inflammatory effects!  My mother stirs a little into her morning cup of tea and loves it! She hasn’t gotten sick since she started! Turmeric is in a lot of currys (like this kid friendly recipe), so this soup has a bit of a Thai flare to it!

Immune Boosting Chicken and Rice Soup for kids and adults

One Pot Soup Recipe

This Immune Boosting Chicken and Rice Soup is a one pot recipe! It all starts with the chicken.  The next time you’re at the grocery store pay attention to all the options. Sometimes there will be packages with chicken already chopped up and ready for stir fry!  That’s what I grabbed this time around.  One less piece of prep work and less dishes to clean! Once the chicken starts to cook, add the veggies to get soft. After the seasonings go in, the broth and rice join the pot. The rice will cook and absorb all the flavors! You can get creative with the rice. White rice, brown rice, and wild rice all work well here!

chicken, bell peppers and onions cooking in a large pot

Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric makes home cooking more exciting! Remember that gorgeous color I was telling you about? Look how orange the turmeric is!  The soup is more orangey until you add the coconut milk, then it turns a little more creamy and light in color.  Turmeric has been used for hundreds of years, and it hasn’t been until recently that we have been finding out about the amazing health benefits.  Some of these include:

  • Helps decrease inflammation
  • Helpful for arthritis
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Improved brain function
  • Lower risk of heart disease
a bowl of chicken and rice soup next to a dish of turmeric

If your kids aren’t rice fans, you could add pasta instead if you want!  You won’t have to cook the soup as long, so just add your pasta when the recipe calls for rice and let cool for 7-9 minutes or until the pasta is cooked through!

a bowl of chicken and rice soup with a spoon

Chop up your bell peppers as tiny as you want!  I like to keep mine more chunky so that you can see their beautiful color.  Sometimes kids will eat veggies better in a soup of they are cut very small.  I use a food chopper to get them into really tiny pieces that are easy for kids to chew and also decrease texture sensitivities. We hope you enjoy this Immune Boosting Chicken and Rice Soup!

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Immune Boosting Chicken and Rice Soup

Sniffles got you down? You need a bowl of Immune Boosting Chicken and Rice Soup to warm your soul and heal those sniffles!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 7 3/4 cup
Calories: 205kcal



  • Place a large skillet/enamel pan on medium heat and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Chop up chicken breast to desired size and let cook in pan for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the sweet potatoes, bell pepper, and onion to chicken and stir.  Cook until onions are softened and begin to brown.
  • Add turmeric, ginger, minced garlic, salt, and pepper and stir until fragrant.
  • Add chicken broth and rice and bring to a boil.  Reduce to simmer and then cover and let cook for 15 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk (I used light) and basil and let cook for 3 more minutes.  Taste to make sure the rice and sweet potatoes and tender, and serve warm!



Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 74mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g
Keyword : Immune Boosting Chicken Turmeric Soup


Immune-Boosting Chicken Turmeric Soup

Natalie Monson

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Saw this on Instagram and made it for dinner tonight!! It was sooooo good. Only change I made was swapping carrots for bell pepper, adding celery and cooking the rice separately.

Hi Katie…did you actually use wild rice as per the recipe? It doesn’t look like wild rice in the picture. Advice would be great! Bx

The wild rice I used in the recipe cooked fairly light, so that plus the sauce made it look like normal rice. A great way to get the kids to eat it though!

Hi Lizzy, thanks for getting back to me. I went ahead and cooked some wild rice separately (for 45 minutes) and then added it at the end.

The soup was absolutely delicious. I’ve been handing the recipe out to everyone! Thank you. This is going on the ‘keep’ pile.

Incidentally, I made a turmeric latte with the leftover coconut milk. What a treat!

I like the carrot sub, Katie A! Thank you!

I made with bone broth instead of regular broth, and it added richness to the flavor. My husband, who doesn’t favor healthy foods, even said it was awesome! Thanks for a recipe we really need this time of year.

This was amazing! Its actually very similar if not almost the same as Thai yellow curry! My kiddo and I loved it. Thank you!!