Welcome to my recipe blog! I started it when my brother, Mark, moved away and was in need of some recipes....or so I thought.... The goal is to post recipes that can be made quickly, easily, and inexpensively. If you have something to contribute, please let me know and I will be glad to add it!!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

OK....here is another soup recipe that I really enjoy. When we make this at my parent's house, we often make it with the Chicken Alfredo Soup....to give some variety. When I have people over for soup, I like to make two kinds. That way if someone doesn't like one kind, they will probably like the other one.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

8 oz wild rice, uncooked (1 1/3 cup)
1 ½ Lbs Fryer Chicken, cut up
7 Cups water
12 oz mushrooms, sliced
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 cup onions, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
4 cups milk
¾ tsp white pepper
½ cup butter
¾ cup flour
2 tbsp instant chicken bouillon granules

Cook wild rice according to pkg. directions for 30 minutes; drain off liquid and rinse thoroughly. Set partially cooked rice aside. In a large saucepan, Combine the chicken and water. Bring to boiling, reduce heat, and simmer for 40 minutes or until the chicken is tender. Remove chicken from broth and let stand until cook enough to handle. Skim fat from broth. Strain and reserve broth. Cut into bite-size pieces. In the same saucepan, cook celery and onion in hot oil for 4-5 minutes; add mushrooms and cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until everything is tender, stirring now and then remove from heat. Return broth to the saucepan. Add the partially cooked wild rice to the chicken broth mixture. Stir in the bouillon granules and white pepper. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. In a large separate saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in flour until it all clings together and is smooth. Add the milk all at once and stir and cook until it's bubbly and thick. Add some hot broth mixture to the white sauce mixture and stir until smooth; return all to the broth mixture. Stir in the chicken pieces and heat through.

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