Lizzie’s Chicken Soup with Rice

by epi on May 4, 2012


For the Rice:

  • 2 cups brown basmati rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter

For the Soup:

  • 12 cups chicken broth (if using water and bouillon I do 16 cups water and 10 bouillon cubes)
  • 4 chicken breasts – skinned and deboned
  • 2 large carrots cut in half
  • 1 large yellow onion – cut in quarters
  • 2 ribs celery – washed but whole
  • ½ medium lime
  • 1 tbsp dried or fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Set the two cups of brown basmati rice with 1 tbsp of unsalted butter into a pot with just under 4 cups of water (between 3 ¾ and 4 cups water). Cover, bring to a boil, boil for 2 minutes and turn down to simmer or low – keep covered. Cook until rice is fluffy (about 45)
  2. Place the water & bouillon cubes or stock or broth into a large soup pot, add the carrots, onion and celery and bring to a boil.
  3. While boiling the broth, rub the chicken with ½ Tbsp of Tarragon and ¼ tsp of thyme as well as some salt and black pepper (crushed).
  4. After boiling the broth for 5 minutes, add the chicken breasts whole.  And cook until tender (15-20 minutes).
  5. Remove the chicken breast, onion, celery and carrot.  Reduce heat to simmer. Cut all into bite sized pieces. (You can discard the celery if you wish.) Return chicken, onion and carrot to the pot with ½ Tbsp of tarragon, ¼ tsp of thyme and the half lime as well (the whole thing right in!).
  6. Allow to simmer until rice is done. You can remove the lime after 15 minutes or so depending on how much acidity you like. The lime may give the soup a slightly green color — you can avoid this by not keeping it in as long, or by using just the juices. You could also substitute ½ a lemon.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve over ¼ – ½ cup of the rice and enjoy!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

sue May 6, 2012 at 10:13 am

My 6yr old nephew and daughter were playing my Wii in my living room, the Wii remote strap broke and flew out of my nephews hand and broke my new flat screen tv. Who is responsible for the damages? It was my faulty remote but the kids were being hyper while in use of it. Is it an issue to take up with Wii or with family?


Elizabeth May 6, 2012 at 10:20 am

Sue, your question is in part a legal one, and I don’t know that folks here are really qualified to answer that. My first thought was, “this is exactly the kind of thing homeowner’s or renter’s insurance is for!” I would contact your policy holder to see if that kind of thing is covered. I think you are right to note that blame here is not clear. Accidents happen, and the kids are not to blame. If your insurance doesn’t come through, it would be nice for the parents to offer to chip in to help you replace the TV.


Alicia May 7, 2012 at 9:23 am

Neither. As the person in charge owning both the remote and aware of the behavior the fault goes to you in terms of knowing the risk and accepting the risk.You took the risk in letting the kids play wii and the result is yours to deal with ie cost of broken TV. The kids are kids and if acting out of control with your wii you should have let them know the boundries. Also Wii puts a lot of verbage as to that you must hold the wiimotes well and not to count on the wrist straps. So they warned you (the adult) and so really it is one of those what a shame moments but one that only you are resposible for.


sue May 6, 2012 at 10:46 am

Thank you Elizabeth! Unfortunately I don’t have RI and believe me I am kicking myself for it! I do think I need to take something up with the manufacturer and then move on from there. Thanks again!


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