Several years ago, I was in between meetings when I stopped in a Dean and Deluca and had a warm, hearty bowl of chicken and wild rice soup. I created a version of my own shortly thereafter and have been enjoying it ever since.
One of the few things I am very fond of during the cold months is making soup in the crock pot. There is nothing like coming home to the delicious aroma of herbs and spices hitting you in the face as soon as you open the front door. And there is nothing quite like coming home with dinner being prepared and just needing to be spooned into a bowl. Life's simple pleasures.
If you choose to use a slow cooker, you simply will dump all of these ingredients into the crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours until done. If you opt to cook this on the stove, it will take you about 45 minutes. This recipe is absolutely delicious on the first day; but tastes even better after day two.
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
6-8 oz long-grain and wild rice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 c chopped yellow onion
1 c chopped celery
1 c chopped carrot
8 oz mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/4 c flour
1/2 tsp tarragon
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
2 c water
1/4 c dry sherry
3 c chicken stock
1 c heavy cream
3 c shredded chicken, cooked
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Cook rice according to package directions.
Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, carrot, and mushrooms. Saute until translucent. Add the flour, tarragon and thyme and cook for about a minute, stirring frequently. Add the liquids, chicken, salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add in cooked rice, chicken and salt and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
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