When it comes to comfort food, few dishes can beat a warm bowl of soup, especially during the colder months. And if you’re a fan of hearty and flavorful soups, you’re in for a treat with this Chicken And Wild Rice Soup recipe. This dish will fill your home with delightful smells. Whether you’re cooking for yourself or for a group, this recipe is perfect for any occasion.
In this blog post, we’ll take you through a thorough guideline to make the most delicious Chicken And Wild Rice Soup that will warm your soul and satisfy your hunger.
What is wild rice?
Although commonly mistaken for a variety of rice, wild rice is actually not directly related to it and instead belongs to the grass family. Wild rice thrives in shallow lakes that are one to three feet deep and typically grows during the months of June and July.
Originally cultivated in Asia, the cultivation of wild rice has now spread to the Great Lakes regions of the United States and Canada. In the US, wild rice is grown in flooded fields in a similar way to “regular” rice, and yields around 1.6 tons per hectare in Minnesota, while in California, the yield is double that amount. Therefore, these areas are likely to have a higher concentration of companies that specialize in providing wild rice for wholesale. However, wild rice can also be imported from other countries such as China and India.
What should you prepare?
Here are all the things you will need to prepare:
- Wild rice: For this recipe, it is recommended to use whole grain wild rice that is long, thin, and very dark in color. Avoid using wild rice mixes that contain other types of rice with very little actual wild rice for an authentic Minnesota wild rice soup experience.
- Unsalted butter: is preferred to give more control over the salt content.
- A variety of vegetables such as yellow onion, celery, carrots, and mushrooms or others of your choice.
- Low-sodium chicken broth should be used. Half and half can be added to provide a light creaminess to the soup.
- Soy sauce is used to enhance the savory flavor.
- Seasonings like salt, pepper, bay leaf, fresh thyme, and parsley can be added to flavor the soup.
shredded chicken or turkey as per your preference.
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice is added at the end to give a little brightness.
How to cook chicken and wild rice soup
After preparing all the ingredients, lets cook chicken and wild rice soup by following 4 easy steps below:
Step 1: Cook your chicken.
The best way to do this is to boil the chicken until it is fully cooked. Once the chicken is cooked, shred it and add it to a large soup pot or dutch oven along with the chicken broth and uncooked wild rice. The wild rice will cook as you work on the other components of the soup.
Alternatively, you can cook the chicken in a skillet with some olive oil until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F using an instant-read thermometer.
Step 2: Cook your vegetables.
Begin by sautéing your chopped carrots, celery, and onion in some melted butter until they start to become tender and fragrant. It’s important to season them well with salt, pepper, thyme, sage, and parsley to enhance their flavors and provide depth to the soup.
Step 3: Make the Roux.
Stir in the flour into the sautéed veggies and continue stirring until it is well incorporated. Next, add in the heavy cream to create a smooth, creamy texture. This mixture is now referred to as the “roux,” which acts as a thickening agent for the soup, giving it that rich and velvety consistency we all crave. The soup may appear to have butter that has separated from the roux, but this is perfectly fine and will not affect the taste or quality of the soup.
Step 4: Mix everything and finish the soup.
Remove the lid from the pot with the cooked chicken, broth, and wild rice and stir in the vegetable roux. Allow the soup to continue cooking over a low simmer to thicken up slightly and ensure that the wild rice is cooked through completely.
Now that your soup is ready, you can serve it hot with some crusty bread or store it in the fridge or freezer for later use. If reheating leftovers, follow the instructions provided earlier to ensure that the soup reaches the desired temperature and consistency. Enjoy this hearty and delicious chicken and wild rice soup on a chilly day or any time you crave a warm, comforting bowl of goodness.
How to store chicken and wild rice soup
The wild rice soup can be stored in the refrigerator for approximately 5 days and reheated on the stovetop or in the microwave. If it appears too thick, mix in some chicken broth to make it thinner. If you want to keep it for a longer period, place it in freezer-safe containers after it has cooled down completely and freeze it for up to three months. Defrost it in the refrigerator overnight and reheat it on the stovetop. You can add additional chicken broth if needed.
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