Heat 2 tbl olive oil over med-high heat in heavy soup pot. Sweat onions and garlic, add chicken. Season with sale and pepper. Quickly brown chicken.
Add chicken stock, water, carrots, rice, and parsley. Simmer over med heat until carrots are cooked (if using fresh) and rice is fluffy. More water may be added if you like thinner soup. Season as needed.
*** I also prefer to add some chopped celery with the onions and garlic. But my hubby doesn't care for it, so I leave it out.