My friend, Cindy, who makes the most wonderful meals, made this soup for our family one night not too long ago. After that dinner the girls and I kept thinking about, and talking about that soup. We just had to have more. It was so good!
My first attempt at re-creating the soup was not quite as good as Cindy’s was. She had used a specific wild rice blend and my homemade spice blend did not quite match. The soup was good, but a little spicy (I think too much ginger) and the girls weren’t crazy about it. It most definitely wasn’t Cindy’s soup and that was what they wanted.
So, I waited a week or two and went back to the drawing board… or cutting board, that is.
My second attempt was much better and was quickly gobbled up by the entire family. As a matter of fact, ALL of the soup was gone, which almost never happens at my house. The girls even asked for it in their thermoses for lunch.
This is a great, hearty and comforting soup. Perfect for a rainy or cool fall day. Leftovers are great – the rice absorbs as lot of the broth but it is still very good and you can always add more broth or water if you want it thinner. We liked it just fine with less broth and it was so tasty even two days later.
I have no picture because there was nothing left to take pictures of! Try it anyway.
Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
1 pound chicken (I used a combination of thighs and breasts)
water for stock pot
chicken bouillon cube
1-2 stalks celery
1 small onion
~ 1 Tbsp garlic (minced)
2 boxes Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice (including spice packets inside)
Houston House Seasoning
~1/2 – 3/4 cup half and half (or milk)
- Dice celery, carrots, garlic & onion. Add to stock pot with water and bouillon cube. Bring to a boil, adding chicken and seasoning generously with salt/pepper and Houston House Seasoning.
- Remove chicken and shred, reserving broth.
- Stir the rice and seasoning packets into the broth.
- Add chicken back to soup and bring to a boil.
- About 10 min before serving, add the half and half. Bring back to a simmer.
It’s super easy and super, super good. I hope you give it a try.