Chicken, Black Rice and Zucchini Soup

Chicken, Black Rice and Zucchini Soup

This chicken black rice zucchini soup is simple to prepare yet flavorful. It owes its wonderful colors to the turmeric, carrots, black rice and zucchini. I served it to my “picky eaters” — people who were not on an elimination diet — and no one noticed anything “missing.” It would be a great cold-remedy soup for anyone who can’t have chicken noodle!

This is the first of a series of dinners I have been preparing for my daughter-in-law while she was following an elimination diet suggested by a lactation consultant. The recipes in this series are free of corn, soy, gluten, dairy, tree nuts, eggs, the cabbage family and citrus. I have enjoyed trying the secret ingredient, asafetida, which gives the flavor of onions without being in the onion family. Read more about asafetida here.

Chicken Black Rice Soup 2 bowls and garnish in white bowl

Preparing the chicken

The protein content of this soup is enhanced by the use of chicken bone broth. I love that the broth makes itself while the chicken is cooking. The turmeric gives the soup such a beautiful color!

I like to start the chicken first thing in the morning and let it slow-cook for most of the day on Sunday. Then I de-bone it and use the broth and part of the meat for the soup as described here. I save the rest of the meat for a casserole a couple of days later. If time is short, you can also make this soup using purchased broth and pre-cooked chicken. 

Chicken Black Rice Soup in patterned bowls overhead view


Previously I used Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute on the chicken in the Instant Pot. Because that blend has onions, garlic and lemon, I used individual herbs to season the chicken for this dish: thyme, tarragon, salt and a little black pepper. The result was quite good!

Instant Pot roasted chicken on rectangular white platter

You can cook the black rice in advance, which will make this soup go together very quickly. If you decide to cook the rice in the soup, be sure not to add the chicken until after the rice is done. That way the meat won’t get overcooked and tough.

Chicken Black Rice Soup in patterned bowls with spoon

Chicken, Black Rice and Zucchini Soup

  • Author: Beth of A Meal In Mind
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Main Dish, Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This chicken, black rice and zucchini soup is simple to prepare, yet flavorful. It owes its wonderful colors to the turmeric, carrots, black rice and zucchini. Everyone who tried it liked it, whether on an elimination diet or not. It would be a great cold-remedy soup!



1 tb avocado oil

2 carrots, about 1 ½ cups, sliced (see fun tip on cutting carrots)

3 stalks of celery

1 Tb turmeric

¼ t asafetida (see ingredient tip here)

1 bay leaf

1 t dried thyme

1 quart bone broth from slow-cooked chicken

2 teaspoons salt

⅔ cup black or wild rice

2 cups zucchini, coarsely chopped

1 can (13.5 ounces) full-fat coconut milk

23 cups chicken from slow-cooked chicken

small handful parsley, for garnish


  1. Saute the carrots using low heat in the avocado oil, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the celery and saute another 2 minutes.
  3. Add the turmeric and asafetida and stir until fragrant, about 1 more minute.
  4. Add the bay leaf, thyme, salt and chicken broth and bring to a gentle boil.
  5. Stir in the black rice. Cover and allow to cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is done (see note).
  6. Stir in the zucchini and allow to cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Stir in the coconut milk and chicken.
  7. Check the seasonings and add salt if needed. Garnish with fresh thyme, if available.


At high altitude, you will probably need to cook the soup at least another 10 minutes before the rice is cooked through. Or, pre-cook the rice to save time at the end. 

Keywords: elimination diet, gluten-free, dairy-free,

Chicken Black Rice Soup in patterned bowls with spoon

2 thoughts on “Chicken, Black Rice and Zucchini Soup”

  • I’ve never used black rice, what a good idea. It added a nice color contrast . I served the soup with cilantro, because that’s what I had on hand. Delicious!

    • Hello Jenny D,
      I think cilantro is a perfect addition – one of my favorite herbs! Thanks so much for the 5-star rating, for the comment about the rice and for taking the time to leave feedback.

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