Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Its been raining here a lot and there seems to be NO END in sight. It will occasionally stop from time to time but then it just picks right back up again. I don’t know why I feel the need to make soup when the weather gets bad, but there you have it. Maybe its something my Mom did OR maybe its engrained in my DNA or something! That would be cool. Either way, I made a huge pot of delicious soup and you lucky people get the recipe!
It takes around 1 hour to get all the ingredients prepped and cooked. The hardest part is chopping and waiting. And, to keep the calories low, I used fat free half and half, but who am I to tell you to use the fat free stuff. If you need a little pick me up, then use the good stuff OR the even better stuff: cream! You’ll have to take a few things up with your hiney, but its well worth the confrontation.
Also, this recipe calls for a specific kind of wild rice: Uncle Ben’s Long Grain & Wild Rice Original Flavor (6 oz. box that is skinny and orange) It is very important that you use that kind because it comes with a special spice packet that flavors the soup. Well, I don’t want to force you to buy this, but in my opinion you need it to get the same result that I did. It was only $2 or so. That plus chicken stock, carrots, celery and onions doesn’t end up being all that expensive. Splurging on a little rice never hurt anyone! Plus this particular rice in this soup is amazing! After taking his first bite, my husband said “wow….this is delicious!” So, there you have it folks! Get cooking!
Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
yield: 6
Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup onion, diced
4 ribs celery, chopped
4 large carrots, peeled and cubed
6 cups good quality chicken broth
3/4 lbs. chicken breasts, cubed
1-6 oz. box Uncle Ben’s Long Grain & Wild Rice
1 1/2 cups half and half (I used fat free)
1/3 cup all purpose flour
plenty of salt and pepper
Directions:
In large pot, heat butter and olive oil. Sautee onions, celery and carrots on medium low heat for 10 minutes to soften. Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Pour in chicken broth and cubed raw chicken. Raise temperature to medium high heat to poach chicken in cooking liquid. Once chicken has cooked and become opaque, pour in rice and seasoning packet that came with the rice. Cover and reduce heat to simmer lightly for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. In small bowl, whisk cold half and half with flour until smooth. Pour into soup pot and reduce heat completely to low. Cook 10 minutes or until rice is softened completely and soup has thickened slightly. Taste and season accordingly. Serve hot.
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10 Responses to “Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup”

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    BenandLeyla — May 27, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Lauren, this sounds so amazingly good! I can't wait to try it out! And have I told you that I LOVE your photos also? SO wonderful!!! :-)

    http://cookingwithleyla.blogspot.com/

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    Kennedy — May 27, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Your best line here is Gordon's comment. I'm sold and must make it!

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    Britnae and Domenic — May 28, 2010 at 6:51 pm

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    BridgetSoup — September 17, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Made this recipe tonight with a few modifications and it turned out soooo yummy!! Thanks for sharing this!! :)

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    Rozlyn — August 9, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Simply to die for….this beat out all my other favorite soups for the top spot and i dont see it budging anytime soon!:) I followed the recipe exactly except didnt have half and half so mixed milk with the flour. Worked just fine.

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    Keena Erwin — October 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    This was awesome!!! I used fresh spinach at the very end. I just tore about 2 cups full and added it after I put in cream mixture. I made grilled provolone cheese sandwiches to dip in soup,SOooo good. The fam loved it thanks for a great recipe.

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    Sarah — November 27, 2012 at 6:40 am

    So this will be my second time making this soup,my husband said that it is the best thing I have ever made and my kids even loved it and trust me they WILL not eat just anything. So thank you Lauren your blog rocks I can’t wait to cook something new tomorrow.

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    Jessica — December 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    This has become a regular meal in our house over the last few months. Best chicken & wild rice soup recipe I’ve come across!

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