Thursday, January 5, 2017

Chicken Wild Rice Soup in a Slow Cooker

Chicken Wild Rice Soup in a Slow Cooker
Three times a week we walk up a steep paved road that winds around North Mountain. This is in addition to our normal morning walks. After a few short weeks; the climb has become much easier and I now recognize a few of the“regulars”. I’ve also noticed a few of those individuals are making the walk up and down 2 to 3 times in the same amount of time it takes me to make one full trip. BTW many are older than me;)

Coming home to a crock-pot full of hot steamy soup is the perfect antidote for hours spent out in the cold. We all know that chicken, vegetables and rice is a delicious combination, but when you sub-in wild rice the flavor instantly changes. Wild rice is toothy, earthy and nut-like and holds up wonderfully in soups and salads. The only bad thing about this ingredient is the price that I paid, a whopping 5.99 a pound.

This recipe highlights some of the reasons we all love our slow cookers. The big one for me is having a meal that tastes like I have been standing over a hot stove all day long and an added bonus of a kitchen that smells wonderful…..


yield: 6 to 7print recipe

Chicken Wild Rice Soup in a Slow Cooker

prep time: 20 MINScook time: 6 hourtotal time: 6 hours and 20 mins
Nothing warms you up faster than a steaming bowl of chicken soup filled with vegetables and wild rice.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups organic chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup wild rice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 small sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper, place into a slow cooker.
  2. Add in chicken stock, wild rice, garlic, onion, carrots, celery and all the herbs except the parsley. Cover and cook on low heat for 5-6 hours.
  3. In a medium-sized skillet add olive oil and then mushrooms, sauté until liquid is released. Continue cooking the mushrooms over medium heat, stirring occasionally until liquid has evaporated add wine and sauté until moisture has evaporated. Add to crock pot last hour of cooking time.
  4. When soup is ready, remove chicken and shred with 2 forks.
  5. Stir chicken and half and half into the pot. Add parsley. Taste, if needed add more salt and pepper.
  6. To serve: scoop into bowls and enjoy with a slice of hot crusty bread.
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Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

49 comments:

  1. I much prefer using wild rice and I've never looked at the price. Wish we walked more often. It's my aim to get in more walking for sure.

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    1. walking is something that I have been working on myself, easy most of the time as we like to walk Olive.

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  2. I love wild rice and this sounds fabulous! Those walks sound fabulous, too! How nice you have someone to walk with and such a great place to walk in. Happy New Year Cheri!

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    1. Thanks Abbe, it is nice having someone to walk with, though I do walk faster when I am by myself. Happy New Year!

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  3. So very nutritious and delicious! I need to get out my slow cooker and use it more often!

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    1. Thanks Angie, I need to use mine more often as well, it's a great time saver.

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  4. Hi Cheri,
    I've not used wild rice but I know this pot of chicken wild rice soup must be very tasty ! Have a great weekend :)

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    1. Thanks Karen, wild rice is one of my favorites.

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  5. Your walks sound wonderful, Cheri....and this looks like heaven. Thank you so much. D

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    1. Thanks Dena, we have been nibbling on this soup for the last few days.

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  6. I love wild rice, never tried in it a slow cooker. What a great idea. I have to try this recipe. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Cecilia, the rice turned out perfectly this way, in the beginning I was a little worried it was going to be mushy.

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  7. Such a comforting soup, Cheri! We are really into soups for dinner these days... now all I need is a crockpot! I suppose I can figure it out without the crockpot.... :)

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    1. Hi David, I purchased my first crock pot last year and I am still learning how to use it. This soup turned out well, I was worried about the rice becoming too mushy but it was just right.

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  8. I know I would love this soup Cheri - especially because it comes together in a slow cooker. What a lovely thought to have this cooking at home while you take a walk - or hike - in the mountains. Love it!

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    1. Thanks Tricia, it's always nice to come home to a hearty bowl of soup after hours outside that is for sure;)

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  9. This looks wonderful and yes, it would be perfect for a winter day. We're getting snow and sleet tonight so it would really hit the spot!

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    1. Hi Chris, this might sound crazy but I wish we would get snow and sleet here, that would make the winter really winter to me.

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  10. Love how easy this soup is and it looks delicious. I don't have a slow cooker (need one) it would make things so much easier. Wild rice is wonderful and makes this soup hearty and nutritious.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne, wild rice is my favorite but it's the one that I use the least for some reason. Take care.

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  11. Mmmm. Beautiful way to end a climb up the mountain... Wild rice is wonderful =)

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  12. That looks so good, Cheri. Love that you can make it in a slow cooker and it's perfect for the cold weather we're expecting!

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    1. Sounds like you are coming into some really cold weather Barbara, wishing you the best.

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  13. Lovely blog Cheri. Chicken & rice is one of my favorite soups. This sounds delicious! Hugs.

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    1. Thanks Teagan, you are so kind. Appreciate you stopping by

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  14. This looks like the perfect comforting soup to try out in my new slow cooker. Your walk sounds wonderful.

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    1. Thanks Gerlinde, we ate this soup for 3 days straight, next time I won't make quite so much, lol. Take care xo

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  15. I'm working on a chicken and wild rice soup post, too!! My first batch was delicious, but more of a stew! Nice to have your delicious version to compare!!!

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    1. We love wild rice around here and I thought it paired very nicely with the chicken and veggies. Can't wait to see your version.

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  16. My youngest is a huge chicken noodle soup lover. I am always afraid to freeze it however and I wonder if rice might hold up better. Let me know if you try that. Looks delicious!

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    1. Not sure Inger, I have never froze this kind of soup before, sorry.

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  17. I've never made soup in a slow cooker before, but it sounds like a great idea. Love your walk, too - great way to build up a hearty appetite for whatever's being served!

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    1. Hi Beth, this was my first time as well making soup in a slow cooker was very happy with the results:)

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  18. This looks so good we are drooling over this chicken and wild rice soup! We love recipes in slow cookers,..thanks for sharing! And Happy New Year!!

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    1. Thanks Anna and Liz, the recipes that I have prepared in the slow cooker so far have all been winners. Take care

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  19. This look like something I need to try...
    Thanks for sharing.
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  20. oooooh!! I'm so glad this recipe is on here, Cheri!! This is now on the menu here this week :) Yummy!

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    1. Thanks Marcelle, hope you are having a great week.

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  21. We eat a lot of rice but I don't know why I don't think about wild rice that often, I love its nutty flavor. A bowl of your warming and delicious sounding soup sounds perfect for cool weather.

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    1. Thanks Karen, this is the first time I made soup in a slow cooker was very pleased.

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  22. I love this recipe so much, and can't wait to try it! I love wild rice, and you are right, it isn't cheap to buy, but it is so worth it!!
    I wish I had the ingredients on hand to get this going in the morning, but I need to get to the grocery store first.

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    1. Thanks Kris, my husband is the one that first started me on wild rice, now it is my favorite.

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  23. Cheri...I am DEFINITELY making this soup this week. I love crockpot cooking. Love coming home from work having the house smell great and supper ready to plate! This soup looks delicious and perfect for this cold cold winter!

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    1. Thanks Anne, yes it is nice to come home to a home cooked meal that is ready to enjoy.

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  24. So easy to prepare... and full of comforting ingredients and flavors.

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    1. Thanks Denise, it is the perfect winter time meal.

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  25. That walk sounds wonderful Cheri! And the soup waiting for you when you get home sounds even better!

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