Chicken Sausage and Rice Soup #SundaySupper

Chicken Sausage and Rice Soup chases away winter chills. A hearty soup that stands up to freezing and reheating.

Chicken Sausage and Rice Soup

It’s late. No time for me to shop for dinner.
Wait! I can pull something out of the freezer. Something easy to defrost, wholesome and inexpensive.

Chicken Sausage and Rice Soup
Did I mention it was also homemade?
Chicken Sausage and Rice Soup

This week Sunday Supper is hitting the deep freeze. By that I mean we’re making freezer meals!

Healthy Make Ahead Freezer Meals

New Years usually means resolutions to eat healthier. Which can sometimes be difficult with crazy busy schedules. Share your healthy make ahead freezer meals to get us all through the busy winter without ordering take out.

Soup tops my must make meals in winter. It’s so easy to make a big batch and freeze some for later.
Chicken Sausage and Rice Soup cooks in one pot. It easily reheats on the stove-top or microwaved.
I like using chicken sausage in soups and casseroles. It’s leaner and holds it shape when separated from the casing.
Today you can find chicken sausage in all kinds of flavors. Apple and maple, hickory, feta and spinach and my favorite, sweet Italian. Some brands even add peppers and onions. YUM!
Start with quality chicken stock. Add mirepoix and greens for some veggies. A few springs of fresh thyme and some lemon juice. That little bit of acid from the lemon makes a big difference.
I also like to cook the rice in with the soup. To me it absorbs all the flavors better that way.
How do you cook rice for soup?
Here’s the recipe. Don’t forget to freeze some for later!

Chicken Sausage and Rice Soup

Chicken Sausage and Rice Soup

Chicken Sausage and Rice Soup

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup


  • 1 lb chicken sausage (plain or Italian) casing removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 64 ounces chicken stock
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups rice


  • Break sausage into bite-sized pieces. Place pieces and oil in a large skillet. Brown on all sides.
  • Reduce heat and add stock, carrots, celery, onion, kale and thyme. Bring to a boil.
  • Add rice. Reduce heat and simmer until rice and sausage are thoroughly cooked.
  • Remove thyme sprigs and add lemon
  • Cool completely before freezing.
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21 Responses to Chicken Sausage and Rice Soup #SundaySupper

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  3. Oh, this looks right up our alley. Freezer meals are lifesavers on busy nights! Bookmarking this soup for sure.

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  8. Liz says:

    I make a similar soup with orzo instead of rice! SO good—I’ll try rice the next time I make it!!

  9. HezziD says:

    What a hearty and tasty soup!

  10. I love freezer meals! Especially healthy ones!
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  11. This looks so super duper comforting!
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  12. Barrie says:

    I love rice soup and especially stuffed with all the goodies- but keeping it healthy too! That squeeze of lemon is something a lot of recipes would leave out but makes the soup brighten so much- nice recipe.
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  14. Christie says:

    Soup is a perfect bowl of comfort. I love that you used chicken sausage. I like it over regular sausage.

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