Monday, February 10, 2014

Bonus!

I found this recipe last month (or maybe 2 months ago) and finally made it on Friday.

Josh declared it "the best soup" I've ever made.  We will finish it tonight.  Gotta love a no cook Monday, right?

So here's the recipe:

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
Source: my Mom, adapted from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

Ingredients:
2 cups water
4 cups (32 oz) less sodium fat free chicken broth
1 lb raw boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (6 oz) box of Long Grain & Wild Rice (I used Uncle Ben’s) – not the quick cooking kind, do not prepare
1 cup sliced or diced carrots
1 cup sliced celery
½ cup flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 stick (8 tablespoons) light butter 
2 cups fat free half and half

Directions:
1. Bring the water and chicken broth to a boil in a large pot or dutch oven. Add the chicken, rice (with seasoning packet), carrots and celery and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and simmer for 25-30 minutes until chicken is cooked through and easy to shred. Remove the cooked chicken breasts to a plate and shred with two forks. Replace the lid and continue to simmer the rest.
2. Mix together the flour, salt and pepper in a bowl until combined. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in flour a spoonful at a time to make a roux. Pour the half and half in a little at a time, stirring continuously with a whisk to allow the roux to combine with the cream. Continue whisking and adding half and half until the mixture is smooth and creamy. 
3. Add the shredded chicken and the cream mixture back into the soup pot and stir to combine. Bring back to a simmer and simmer for 5-10 minutes to allow soup to thicken and flavors to combine. 

Yields 10 (1 cup) servings. WW P+: 6 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information per serving from myfitnesspal.com: 212 calories, 19 g carbs, 6 g fat, 15 g protein, 1 g fiber

Check out the actual blog for pics.  I was unable to copy them this time. 

As to Josh's rave reviews, I haven't made that many soups and this is his favorite kind of soup.  He adds lemon to his. (I think that might be a Polish thing to do...it's definitely not Italian.)