Monday, January 4, 2016

Recipe: Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

One of my favorite downtown restaurants closed last week (RIP Paula's Cafe). They had an amazing Chicken & Wild Rice Soup that was chock full of goodness - including mushrooms. 

 I decided to create my own version and see how it went. Yup - there's mushrooms in there!

I'm not much for patience - and I had this in my cupboard so I decided to use the Uncle Ben's Ready Rice that had been taking up cupboard space. The nice thing is - I could just open this package up and add it at the end.

First the cooking - I diced up carrots, onion and celery - the key is to dice them all about the same size so they cook evenly. I always saute in olive oil.

 Once the veggies are a little soft - add thyme and flour. Stir so all the veggies are coated - this will help thicken the soup once you add the liquid.

Add in chicken broth, mushrooms and cooked chicken. I bought a rotisserie chicken the day before and used some of that. End it with heavy cream and the Uncle Ben's rice and simmer for a few minutes and you're ready to go!

 Thick and creamy, chicken and mushroom goodness! 

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

* Uncle Ben's Ready Rice - Wild Rice
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 1/2 onion, diced
* 2 medium carrots, diced
* 2 stalks celery, diced
* 1 tsp thyme
* 1/3 cup flour
* 4 cups chicken broth
* 2 cups rotisserie chicken
* 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
* 3/4 cup heavy cream


* In large pot, add olive oil and heat. Saute onions, carrots and celery until softened.
* Add thyme and flour to sauteed veggies. Cook & stir for a couple of minutes until veggies are coated.
* Pour in chicken stock and bring to a boil
* Add rotisserie chicken, mushrooms, salt & pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes
* Add Uncle Ben's Ready Rice and cream. Bring soup to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes
* Serve!

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