Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup






As I was talking with my daughter the other day, I mentioned a chicken soup I was making.  She and I love to make our own stock and we really enjoy making different soups in the winter.  When I mentioned this soup, she said, "Mom you should post the recipe on your blog."  So here is a wonderful soup that is so easy once you have homemade stock.  I do believe it is the key to all wonderful soups.  Yes, I have bought boxed stock, but I must admit it is not as good as homemade.  If you have never made stock, it's quite simple.  If you don't want to make soup after making stock, you can freeze it for later.  You can go Here if you'd like to make my stock. 

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

  • 2-3 chicken breasts or chicken left over from roasted chicken
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 3 large carrots sliced
  • 3 stalks of celery diced
  • 8 ounces of button mushrooms sliced (add later if you wish)
  • 1 cup of wild rice
  • 6 cups of stock
In a large dutch oven, saute' onions, carrots, and celery in a tablespoon of olive oil until your onion is transparent.  Add your chicken stock and chicken breasts.  Then add the following herbs:
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary--if you have fresh all the better.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon of dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Allow your soup to come to a boil.  Then reduce heat to a simmer for one hour.  Add sliced mushrooms.  When the chicken is done, remove and shred.  Meanwhile in another saucepan make a roux of 1/4 cup of butter melted and 1/4 cup of flour.  Slowly add a cup of milk and a cup of half and half.  Cook about 4 minutes until thick.  Then add to soup along with chicken.  If the soup is too thick you can add a little more milk to thin. Serve your soup with a nice crusty bread or crackers.  Enjoy! 



If you don't like mushrooms, you of course can just leave them out.  A certain someone in my house doesn't care for them, but would never complain.  Love that kid! ♥

There is a lot of ice on our river.  So this morning on our way to our morning walk we stopped to take a few photos.  







Even though our temperatures are warming today, our soup will taste good. 









26 comments:

  1. What a delicious looking tureen of soup you made! Just the thing for the weather you've been having too. Of course, sadly, I must pass on my bowl, but I'm sure someone will happily snap it up!
    Your lovely photos look as cold as I'm sure it feels, despite the bright sunlight!
    ~~~Deb in Wales xoxo

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    1. Deb, our weather today is much warmer than we've had for quite a while! If I could, I'd make a vegetable soup for you, my friend. I hope you are feeling much better today. xoxo ♥

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  2. Your chicken and wild rice soup looks delicious, Martha Ellen. I do think that the mushrooms add a little something extra, so Yummy. It's raining here today, and this would be perfect. It's nice that you and your daughter both like making soups in the winter. That's the best time for soups and stews. The ice on the river looks so pretty, doesn't it? Enjoy your soup, Martha Ellen. It sounds so tasty.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Sheri, this is a very good soup. I personally love mushrooms in this soup, but our grandson does not! I wish you were here so we could enjoy a bowl together. Stay cozy, my friend. ♥

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  3. Your chicken and rice soup sounds wonderful...just perfect for a cold winter day. The recipe is somewhat like Tasha Tudor's "Corgi Cottage Soup." (Tasha wrote in her cookbook, "I love to make soup and can say with pride that I am famous for it. This is a real winter standby if you live in a cold climate. I make a large iron potful at least once a week, either on the wood stove or over the fire, which burns all winter.")

    Tasha thickens her soup with mashed potatoes and adds macaroni and baked beans, which we enjoy. As I admire your beautiful photos, I do agree that a nice savory pot of soup will definitely hit the spot!

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    1. I love the Tasha quote! I will have to have a look at her soup recipes. She is such an inspiration to me. It's a dream of mine to visit her cottage one day. ♥

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  4. My friend,
    Thank you so much for sharing the link to your stock recipe.
    I have never thought to use my crockpot!
    I cannot wait to give it a try.
    Your soup looks amazing too. : )

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    1. Making stock in the crockpot is so easy, Billie Jo. Let me know if you give it a try. You can also make this soup in the crockpot if you have time. ♥

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  5. The soup looks delicious and I love the idea of added mushrooms, the perfect winter warmer. Whilst I am not at all envious of the cold conditions you are having, the ice in the river makes for some stunning photos.

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    1. We've had a little warmup since yesterday and I imagine the ice on the river will soon be gone. ♥

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  6. Oh yum- that looks so good! I don’t mind the flavor that mushrooms add to a dish but I sure can’t stand eating them but that’s okay my hubby will clean up! I’ll copy this down and give it a try! The river looks to cold doesn’t it! We’re enjoying a temporary warm up but heading for another cold snap this weekend.

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    1. Liz, I've made this soup without the mushrooms and it's still delicious. We're having that warm up as well. Stay warm and cozy. ♥

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  7. Your soup looks so good! My favorite is chicken soup and you're right about the home made stock. I think I will try your recipe. Thanks!

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    1. I'm glad you are going to try it, Dotsie. It's just right on a cold day! ♥

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  8. This sounds delicious!! Soup is a favorite of mine, especially in the wintertime. I think I'll add this to the menu plan...I'm in the process of making a batch of homemade chicken stock in the crockpot now for chicken and dumplings on Friday and am planning another batch for next weekend. This soup will be perfect!

    Thank you for sharing...and I'm happy to find a lovely new blog to visit as well!

    Joy to you,
    Elizabeth

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    1. Welcome Elizabeth! I know your home is full of wonderful aromas as your stock is cooking. I hope you do try this soup, it's delicious. I'll try to visit you soon. Enjoy your afternoon. ♥

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  9. Beautiful photos! And that soup sounds delicious. Homemade stock is so much better than purchased! I'll have to try your recipe. Perfect for weather such as we're having, snow/sleet/cold. Thank you for prayers for our daughter. xo

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    1. Judy, this is a hearty soup that would warm you from the inside. I'm praying that your daughter continues to improve. xo ♥

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  10. Martha Ellen, oh my, your soup is making my mouth water, even this late at night! It looks so delicious! I must add this to my menu plan sometime soon! (I guess we're both thinking about soup lately.) :)

    Your photos are full of wintry beauty!

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl. Today we're supposed to climb into the 60's! Then the weekend is going to dip to freezing again. Crazy weather, but still soup weather! ♥

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  11. Soups are just the right thing for cooler days ...

    Your photo's are lovely, my favourite is your last one.

    Wishing you a good weekend - hope you stay warm!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, the river is lovely as it winds through our city. It's particularly pretty this winter as the ice forms. Have a nice weekend. ♥

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  12. Mmmmmm! Your Chicken and Wild Rice Soup looks heavenly, Martha Ellen. I'm sure the whole house smelled warm and cozy as it simmered. Thank you for sharing your recipe! Occasionally, I make my own soup stock. Most often, I admit to buying the best, organic boxed vegetable stock we can find. It's handy for starting a big pot of soup when there is little time! During this frigid Midwest winter, I've been making lots of Lentil Soups. Such a great way to chase away the winter chill! Sending warm hugs! ♡

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    1. Dawn, your soups sound wonderful. I know they are warming you during this cold winter. Soup is comfort food at its best. We've had many days of frigid Arctic air here this winter, so soup has been on our table for many meals. Stay warm, my friend. ♥

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