On a cold winter day, all one needs is a warm meal that will nourish you and make you feel great. Amongst all the soups you can have, Chicken and Wild Rice Soup are the best which you could have to satisfy your hunger.
In many parts of the world, this is made with noodles. But making it with wild rice adds a layer of flavor and is much better tasting. Also, it is a classic recipe since it is based on one of the five mother sauces – bechamel sauce. So, safe to say that the flavors are enough to satisfy your taste buds.
The inclusion of wild rice into the recipe adds sweetness and creaminess to it, and adding a bit of lemon zest will make the dish a bit tangy.
Ingredients for the soup
- Wild rice blend
- Chicken Broth
- Chicken breasts
Once you have all the elements, you must prepare the wild rice as per the direction on its package.
While preparing the rice, you must take a separate pot and begin melting 1 tbsp of butter. To soften the butter, ensure that the pot is on medium heat.
While the butter is melting, toss in the onion, carrots, and celery and saute them for about three to four minutes on medium heat.
After three to four minutes, add a few garlic cloves and saute all the veggies for thirty seconds.
Now, you will see butter turning brown at the pot’s base. At this point, add chicken broth, thyme, marjoram, sage, rosemary, and black pepper, and season them with salt as per your taste. You have to bring the mixture to a simmer, but before that, it is essential to add chicken to it. If the chicken breasts are thick, you might have to open the lid and flip them.
Cover the pot lid, switch the heat to low, and let it simmer for ten to twelve minutes until the chicken is cooked well.
After the pot has simmered, remove the chicken, set it aside on a board, and chop it into bite-sized pieces or as per your preference. When you take the chicken out from the pot, do not switch off the heat for a while and let it stay on the stove on low heat.
For the next step, you would need a saucepan. Add 5 to 6 tbsp of butter and some flour to the pan on medium heat. You have to whisk this mixture constantly for about two minutes. Add milk to the butter and wheat mix, but while doing so, you must not stop whisking the mixture, and the milk must be poured into the pan slowly. You have to whisk the mixture until it thickens.
Take the rice you had set aside, the shredded or chopped chicken, and the butter-milk mixture into the soup pot. If you want to add some acidic or zest to the whole dish to bring out a contrasting flavor, you can add lemon zest.
Stir the pot for a couple of minutes, switch off the heat, and serve your chicken and wild rice soup with garlic bread or oregano bread.
So, this is the recipe to make the best chicken soup with wild rice. The best aspect is that you can make this dish with leftover chicken and turkey to make the most of your ingredients at home.
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