Monday, December 1, 2014

creamy chicken & wild rice soup.


Happy December 1st, everyone! This is one of my favorite days of the year because it is the start to the best month ever.  It is pretty chilly where I live so if you are experiencing the cold too, I have a great soup for you. 

This is my new favorite soup. And this is a pretty big deal because I am not usually a soup-eating lady. It is creamy and hearty- everything a good soup should be, as far as I am concerned. This creamy chicken soup was also packed with delicious flavor. 

You don't want to skip out on this soup recipe this winter. I will definitely be making it again soon. I won't lie, I was pretty sad when it was all gone.

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creamy chicken & wild rice soup from cooking classy

  • Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup uncooked wild rice blend
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots 
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 7 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (measured from 3 14.5 oz cans)
  • 1/4 tsp of each dried thyme, marjoram, sage and rosemary
  • Salt (I ommitted) and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts halves
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I used half & half)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (I used half & half)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

Directions:
  1. Prepare rice according to directions listed on package.
  2. Halfway through the rice cooking, in a separate large pot, melt 1 Tbsp butter over medium heat. Add onion, carrots and celery and saute until slightly tender, about 4 minutes, adding in garlic during last 30 seconds of sauteing. 
  3. Add chicken broth, thyme, marjoram, sage, rosemary and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Increase heat to medium-high, add chicken and bring mixture to a boil. Cover pot with lid and allow mixture to boil 12 - 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Chicken may need to be rotated if pieces are thick.
  4.  Remove the fully cooked chicken and set aside on cutting board to cool 5 minutes then shred into small bite size pieces. Meanwhile reduce heat to low and add cooked rice to large pot. Add shredded chicken to soup.
  5. In a separate medium saucepan (I just rinsed and wiped out the rice pan), melt remaining 6 Tbsp butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook 1 1/2 minutes, whisking constantly. Then, while whisking vigorously, slowly pour milk (or half & half) into butter/flour mixture. Cook mixture, stirring constantly until it thickens. 
  6. Add milk/cream mixture to soup mixture in pot and cook about 5 minutes longer, or until soup is thickened (at this point, you can simmer the soup for a longer period of time if you want the rice to soften more, just cover with lid first and stir occasionally).
  7. Add the remaining can of chicken broth, if desired.*
  8. Stir in heavy cream (or half & half) and lemon zest and serve warm.
*I did not add remaining chicken broth.


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