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Chicken Wild Rice & Broccoli Soup

January 22, 2010


Ten Days of Soup!    ~ Katy ~

The first time people try this soup, there is a pause and then the raving begins. Even the quiet ones speak up about how good it is. Since I received my hand-me-down immersion blender, it’s even easier to make. I like to make a double-batch so I have some to give to friends who are also freezing in the Minnesota winter and so that I can eat it all week long.Since wild rice is native to Minnesota, it’s not expensive and adds great texture and flavor. A winter staple for me, this is a great soup for just about everything. You can have it for lunch, dinner or as a starter course for a dinner party (in small portions), and it freezes well. Add a dollop of sour cream to the top for presentation and added richness. This recipe comes from The Best of Wild Rice Recipes by Beatrice Ojakangas.

Other soups you might enjoy:
Yellow Lentil Curry         Cauliflower Soup         Grilled Gazspacho
New Mexico Red Chile Posole         Corn Chowder
Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup with Chicken
 

 

Chicken, Wild Rice, Broccoli Soup
8 servings

2 cups cooked wild rice (see following recipe)
3 tablespoons butter
1 onion, chopped
½ pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
2 pound bunch of broccoli, trimmed, chopped
3 carrots, finely chopped
2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups light cream
2 cups cooked, diced chicken
Salt and pepper to taste

In a heavy pot, melt the butter; add the onion and mushrooms. Saute for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked. Add the broccoli, carrots and chicken broth. Simmer until vegetables are tender. Turn into a blender (or use an immersion blender—so easy and convenient, plus much less to clean up) and process until smooth. Add the flour and cream; blend until smooth. Return to pot. Heat to simmering and cook until thickened. Add the chicken and wild rice. Add salt and pepper to taste. I like to add a few dashes of hot red pepper flakes for a slight kick, too, but that’s up to you.

 

Wild Rice

2/3 cup wild rice
2.5 cups water
½ to 1 teaspoon salt

Wash wild rice in three changes of hot tap water; drain. In saucepan, heat rice, water and salt to boiling. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer until rice is tender and has absorbed the water, this will take from 25 to 40 minutes. Drain at the 25-30 minute mark for chewier rice. Rice should be tender but not “rolled back” or mushy. Some kernels will be open, but others will be just tender.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2010 7:23 pm

    Wow. This soup looks great. And I looove a good hearty soup. All it’s missing is some crusty woodfired bread! 🙂

    • foododelmundo permalink*
      January 22, 2010 7:48 pm

      I hope Sean & Wanda get to experience that bread some day! ~Mary

  2. January 22, 2010 7:30 pm

    Wow, such a rich soup! Must be healthy and filling.

  3. January 22, 2010 10:06 pm

    Nice soup. Love those thick and hearty types!

  4. January 22, 2010 10:42 pm

    so thick and delectable ingredients – the taste must be awesome – a keeper for my next soup day

  5. January 23, 2010 1:17 pm

    This is a great soup! I can’t wait to try it.
    With the new change with foodbuzz.com I would love to keep updated. It subscribed to your feed. I would love it if you follow me too!

    • foododelmundo permalink*
      January 23, 2010 3:12 pm

      On my way over to subscribe now – thanks Miranda! ~Mary

  6. January 24, 2010 8:12 am

    Looks like the perfect way to chase the cold away. I love my immersion blender too.

  7. January 24, 2010 10:38 am

    i love soup, 10 days with you will be fab! printing this one now 🙂

    • foododelmundo permalink*
      January 24, 2010 10:50 am

      you’re so cute – I feel the same about you and your gorgeous posts! ~Mary

  8. January 24, 2010 4:47 pm

    This soup looks soul satisfying and comforting.

  9. Claudia permalink
    January 25, 2010 9:29 am

    You drew me in with wild rice and hooked me with the soup – two of my favorites. And a grand way to beat the MN winter. Shall keep this – I am compelled by taste to try all wild rice soup. Yours is wonderfully rich and hearty.

  10. Ashley Riley permalink
    April 19, 2011 10:57 am

    I made this soup last night and it was delicious! I have a very happy husband and some delicious leftovers for lunch today.

    • foododelmundo permalink
      April 19, 2011 12:41 pm

      Woo-Hoo!
      Thanks for letting us know, I’ll pass it along to Kate!
      ~Mary

    • Katy permalink
      April 22, 2011 7:48 am

      That’s so funny, because I just made it again last weekend and have been eating the leftovers for lunch all week! So happy you like it. ~Katy

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