It’s winter! As you might know, I grew up in Colombia and I had no idea of how cold this season could get. Living in this cold and extreme weather has been a challenge – for sure – but I love it! Not only for all the fun and nice activities you can to do and enjoy, but also for all the different, delicious, and comforting meals you can eat! One of my favorite, and must have, recipes for the cold months is Chicken Wild Rice Soup! Seriously, the creaminess, flavors, and richness of this dish, will make any other cravings you have go away!
First things first, this is a very rich recipe, as a matter of fact I only make it 1 to 3 times a year! And for that reason, I make sure it’s extra buttery and with tons of cream. So please – unless you want to make this dish very often – don’t refrain from adding the richness this soup deserves! With all that said. Let’s go ahead and get started!
First, chop your veggies! For this occasion I used mushrooms, onions, garlic, carrots and celery. There is nothing better than having fresh ingredients in this soup, I love it!
Add to your Crock Pot, veggies, wild rice, chicken thighs, chicken seasoning, bay leaves and chicken broth. Then, Cook in high for 4-6 Hours or Low for 6-8 Hours.
You might’ve noticed I used chicken thighs instead of chicken breast! Well, that is because they taste so much better! I love how juicy and delicious thighs are! Don’t worry though, it will still taste amazing, if you use chicken breasts.
NOTE: If for some reason you don’t have chicken broth, you can substitute for chicken bullion. I love Organic Better Than Bullion! Just make sure you read how much you should use for every cup of water.
After the Crock Pot has worked its magic. Remove chicken thighs, let them sit for about 5 minutes – So the juices redistribute – shred or cut them in little pieces and then, put them back in the slow cooker. You will be very tempted to eat the chicken just as it is! Just so you know, I had a couple bites 😛 (Don’t tell anyone)
In a sauce pan, on medium low heat, melt your butter and mix in all purpose flour till you have a consistent paste. Then, little by little add milk and heavy cream. As I mention before, don’t be shy. Bring on the butter and cream! Don’t get me wrong, I love a healthy lifestyle and I try to eat as clean as I can. However, what makes this recipe better than a restaurant is all the richness in it.
Once the creamy sauce is thick, add it your Crock Pot and mix it with the rest of the soup. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Accompany with bread or any other side dish of your preference. Yes, that’s right. This recipe isn’t complete without some bread to dip in! Yummmy!
- 1 Cup Wild Rice
- 4 Chicken Thighs
- 6 Cups Chicken Broth
- 8 Oz Sliced Mushrooms
- 3/4 Cup Celery
- 3/4 Cup Carrots
- 1 Small White or Yellow Onion
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 tsp Chicken Seasoning
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 1/2 Cup All purpose flour or Wondra
- 3/4 Cup Butter
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream. Bring it on, this is a rich recipe!
- 1 Cup Whole Milk
Chop your veggies! For this occasion I used mushrooms, onions, garlic, carrots and celery.
Add to your Crock Pot, veggies, wild rice, chicken thighs, chicken seasoning, bay leaves and chicken broth. Cook in high for 4-6 Hours or Low for 6-8 Hours.
After the Crock Pot has worked its magic. Remove chicken thighs, let them sit for about 5 minutes - So the juices redistribute - shred or cut them in little pieces and put them back in the slow cooker.
In a sauce pan, on medium low heat, melt your butter and mix in the all purpose flour till you have a consistent paste. Then, little by little add milk and heavy cream.
Once the creamy sauce is thick, add it your Crock Pot and mix it with the rest of the soup.
Add salt and pepper to taste and serve. Accompany with bread or any other side dish of your preference.
What did you guys think?! Can you believe I grew up without this soup? I tried it for the first time here in The United States! Did you make it? How did it go?
By the way. If the soup, still doesn’t meet your richness requirements you can also add extra cream…Don’t feel bad, My husband did it 🙂
I know it’s hard to share it, but hey! We can’t just eat it all up! (I did!…. Fine! Not just me, my husband and I did)
Do you have any questions?
Comment on the section below I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
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