Curried Chicken & Rice Soup

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This Curried Chicken & Rice Soup is a hearty, filling meal filled with wonderful flavors – yes, even the raisins have their place in this soup! If you are a fan of chicken, rice (if you are try my Jollof Rice), coconut, and delicious spices like curry, coriander, ginger, and garlic, this is the soup for you!

Curried Chicken & Rice Soup garnish with peanuts, coconut and cilantro in a green serving bowl, wooden spoon on side

Curried Chicken and Rice Soup

Curried Chicken and Rice Soup

This soup was a Christmas gift from a friend, many years ago, in a lovely layered jar comprised of all the ingredients I would need, excepting chicken, broth and water of course.  She listed all of the ingredients in it for me and then I simply added in the rest.

We love a good chicken and curry anything, (our favorite recipe is still this Sweet Honey Curry Chicken so this soup tops my list of favorites. I do get weird looks when I talk about the raisins in this recipe, but their sweetness really does match the spices.

close up Curried Chicken & Rice Soup garnish with peanuts, coconut and cilantro in a green serving bowl, wooden spoon on side

We like to have a LOT of rice in our soups and you can adjust how thick your soup is by adding more broth during the cooking process. I like this soup to be close to a chicken and rice stew, almost, and when you have the coconut and two types of rice this soup gets thick. You can also cut down on the amount of rice in the recipe and it won’t be as thick.

close up Curried Chicken & Rice Soup garnish with peanuts, coconut and cilantro in a green serving bowl, wooden spoon on side

The only hard part about this soup is the spices! You can also leave the coconut out if you prefer, it sure is a polarizing ingredients, either you love it or you hate it! I like it in sweet and savory meals, so I always use the coconut in it myself. Just make sure it’s not sweetened.

As for toppings I love peanuts on this and cilantro or a nice Thai basil is always a good idea! And remember, as it is with ALL rice soups, this is going to be thicker the next day, I guarantee it. Simply add more broth the next day and it will be perfect!

Here are some other great soup recipes to try:

Happy cooking!



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Curried Chicken Rice Soup

Delicious chicken curry soup filled with Basmati and wild rice, with coconut and raisins. The flavor combination is great!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Total Time
45 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel zest works fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3/4 cups basmati rice
  • 1/4 cup wild rice
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut leave it out if you don't like coconut
  • 6-8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded chicken, cooked


  • 1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts to top
  • chopped cilantro to top


  • Combine all of the ingredients except for the cooked chicken in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce the heat, cover and simmer on low for 25-30 minutes, until the rice is done.
  • Add in the shredded chicken and cook for 5 more minutes. 
  • Serve and garnish with peanuts, coconut and cilantro if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • Use 8 cups of broth if you want the soup less thick

Nutrition Information

Serving: 10g, Calories: 347kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 1009mg, Potassium: 492mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 45IU, Vitamin C: 14.6mg, Calcium: 47mg, Iron: 2.3mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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