Saffron Chicken and Yellow Rice Soup

Saffron Chicken & Yellow Rice Soup - this is a great variation on Chicken Soup and is great just because or if you need a

There is nothing better than a bowl of Chicken Soup!

And this Saffron Chicken and Yellow Rice Soup is simply amazing.

I wanted to post one last hot soup recipe before the summer heat sets in. Partly, because I love a good chicken and rice soup, but also because during this crazy weather and allergy season, we needed a good old fashioned remedy to strengthen us.

Saffron Chicken & Yellow Rice Soup - this is a great variation on Chicken Soup and is great just because or if you need a

I can’t tell you all the reasons why a chicken soup happens to be one of the best remedies out there for when you’re feelin’ poorly *as my grandmother would intently say*. I just know that if someone starts to get sick, chicken soup must be near by.

So this recipe is two-fold really, as an all purpose home remedy, and also because it’s such a cozy and flavorful soup no matter your state of well-being.

A friend of mine gave me this recipe to try and she knows her recipes. When I talk to her about food recipes, I seriously take note! Thank you Mary for introducing me to this tasty soup. 🙂

Saffron Chicken & Yellow Rice Soup - this is a great variation on Chicken Soup and is great just because or if you need a

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Let’s get this Chicken Soup ON!

Saffron Chicken and Yellow Rice Soup

Yield: 4 - 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

A very tasty and satisfying, Saffron Chicken and Yellow Rice Soup! Perfect just because. Make a double batch and freeze half for later.


  • 3 Chicken Breast, skinless, boneless
  • Pinch of Saffron
  • 6 - 8 cups Water
  • 1 Tbls Olive Oil
  • 1 Red Onion, chopped
  • 3 Stalks Celery, chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper, seeds removed & finely diced
  • 1 - 2 large Carrots, diced
  • 2 - 3 large Garlic cloves, minced or 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp ground Cumin
  • Juice of 1 - 2 Limes
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2 large Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 (5 oz) pkg (Saffron) Yellow Rice Mix, (I used Mahatma's but Vigo is very good too)

To Serve:

  • Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • Sour Cream
  • Avocado slices


  1. In a large pot, place the Chicken breast with a pinch of Saffron and cover with the Water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook for about 30 minutes. Remove cooked chicken to chopping board, reserving the broth, and shred meat with 2 forks. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat Olive Oil over medium high heat and saute the Onions, Celery, Jalapeno Pepper, Carrots & Garlic, for about 8 - 10 minutes or until the onions are translucent and veggies tender. Add in the shredded Chicken meat with the Cumin, Salt & Pepper to taste and chopped Tomatoes and Lime Juice, tossing with the veggies and cook for about 5 minutes to heat the chicken meat through.
  3. Add the cooked veggies and meat back to the broth along with the package of Yellow Rice, bring to a boil, cover and then reduce to simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Serve with slices of Avocado, a good dollop of Sour Cream and garnish with some Cilantro, if desired.


You can double this recipe and freeze half for later! Great to take along in mason jars to work or school, and the perfect "Get Well" gift from the kitchen for a friend who needs some TLC.

Saffron Chicken & Yellow Rice Soup


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