Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

One of my favorite things about the weather getting cooler is that I can start making yummy soups for dinner. This makes me so happy!! 

Every Halloween, some of our neighbors gather together outside at a home for dinner and everyone brings a soup to share. It's heaven to sample each of the soups. This year I found a recipe for a turkey and wild rice soup but changed it up a bit and used chicken instead. It's a winner in my book and we'll be making it often this winter.


Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
(adapted from Lindsey's Luscious)

9 cups chicken stock + a possible 1 cup chicken stock for later
8 oz. uncooked wild rice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 celery ribs, diced

2 carrots, diced

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons chicken soup base-(I used Better Than Bouillon brand. Instead of a bouillon cube it's a paste)

4 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups half-and-half

2 cups diced cooked chicken

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

salt and pepper to taste


Add nine cups of stock and the uncooked wild rice to a crock pot set to high. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and saute onion, celery and carrots until onion is transparent. Season with the black pepper, and add the sauteed veggies to the crock pot. Stir in the chicken soup base. Cook on high for 3-4 hours (or on low for 6-8 hours) until the wild rice and veggies are tender.


In a skillet over medium heat, melt 1/2 stick of butter. Whisk in the flour, and cook for a minute or two. Gradually add the half-and-half, whisking constantly.  Once thickened and completely smooth, add the white sauce to the crock pot and stir to combine. Add the chicken and the parsley (and another cup of stock if you prefer a thinner soup), and cook on high for another 20 minutes or until heated through.


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16 comments:

  1. I love soup that has wild rice in it! This looks fantastic!

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  2. Looks great!! I'm a cook that has to follow a recipe so what is chicken soup base? Do you buy it or have to make it from scratch??

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    1. Crystal, chicken soup base is like chicken bouillon cubes or granules but is a paste. In stores, you can find next to the chicken or beef bouillon. The brand that I used is called "Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base". Thanks for asking!!

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    2. Bonnie, thanks so much for your help. Can't wait to try this next week!!

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  3. Hi! Visiting from tt&j! Oh wow this looks delicious! I cant wait to try it! I pinned it for later.. or now! Haha!

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  4. Our family LOVES a soup like this at Panera's and I've been looking for a recipe to make at home. This looks so yummy and I'm excited to give this a try! Thanks for sharing.
    Kari @ iowasmiths.blogspot.com

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    1. You're welcome and I'm sure you'll love it!

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  5. Wow, that sounds perfect. I love wild rice, and I noticed there is half and half in this one - always a good thing. I agree, I am completely into soups right now. They are so easy to keep on the stove as my family runs in and out of the house at night to various activities. Thanks so much for sharing. Its on my "to make" list!

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  6. new[est] follower. loving this post and your blog! this looks delicious. can't wait to keep following along! thanks for linking up!

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  7. Hi just joined the Blog Hop Social on Made in a day. Glad I popped over to your blog. This soup looks delicious and I well definitely be trying this one out! I also love the idea that you and all your neighbours get together and do this, it's lovely. I will definitely be exploring your blog more :)

    Kate

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  8. Wild rice soup is one of my favorites! Pinning cause I will definately be making his winter!

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  9. Hello, new follower here and I’d like to invite you to join me at my weekly
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