Friday, December 3, 2010

chicken wild rice soup (like you've never had it before)...

Husband says this is the most delicious soup he's ever tasted.
Well, other than his Shrimp Corn Chowder and Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon--
and I'm sure some of his mom's recipes are high on the totem pole of wondrous soups, too.

Anyhow, it is a very good, stick-to-your-insides soup for a cold, bleak day, and the sherry, sour cream, and bacon add some unexpected dimensions in flavor.

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 You will need:
1 (6 oz.) box long grain and wild rice with herb seasonings mix (I use Uncle Ben’s Original Recipe)
4 cups chicken broth*
1 lb. chicken, cooked and chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped (or 1 tablespoon dried thyme)
3 slices bacon
¾ cup diced red bell pepper
½ cup diced sweet yellow onion
½ cup diced celery
1 cup shredded carrots
1 green onion, diced
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen lima beans
½ teaspoon minced garlic
8 oz sour cream
¼ cup sherry wine vinegar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
(Optional toppings: toasted almonds, a dash of paprika, a dollop of sour cream)

What to do:
Begin boiling the broth. Add the rice and herb seasoning packet and thyme. Boil for 20 minutes then reduce to a simmer.
Meanwhile, fry the bacon in a sauté pan until it is cooked but still floppy. Remove the bacon. Using the remaining grease, add the red bell pepper, onion, and celery. Cook covered, stirring occasionally. After 5 minutes, add the carrots. After 5 more minutes, add the green onions, corn, and lima beans. After 5 more minutes, add the garlic. Cover and allow vegetables to simmer until the celery and onions are soft. Chop the bacon slices.
Add the cooked, chopped chicken and bacon to the simmering rice mixture. Add the vegetables. Allow all ingredients to simmer together for 20-30 minutes, or until ready to serve. Before serving, combine the sour cream, sherry vinegar, and flour. Stir this into the soup and allow to heat through, about 10 minutes. Serve with toppings, if desired.
*If you plan to refrigerate and reheat the soup, you will need to add more chicken broth before reheating.



  1. Now that looks like a hearty cold weather soup! And I have almost all the ingredients on hand. It will be on my stove this weekend :)

    I'm glad you asked about the trees, and I've left a (brief) answer in the comments.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Perfect ticket for the snow expected tonight.
    Yummie, Yummie, Yummie

    Toodles for now,
    Kate - The Garden Bell

  3. This reminds of the soup in my meal book, but I don't think it is the same. I'm going to have to check when I get home. David loves the recipe that you gave me!

  4. It's based on that one! I took that basic recipe and added bacon, more vegetables and sherry. Try it with the sherry! It's SO good!

  5. I have been on a massive soup making spree recently. This one looks good! I'll have to try it out. Speaking of coating the insides...I made this mexican potato soup that seriously coated the spoon every time. I can only imagine what it did to my insides.

  6. We have soup nights every Wednesday during the winter. I will definitely try this one.

  7. This sounds wonderful! I would love to try it...just as soon as I get state-side and can get my hands on some sour cream.

  8. Lauren~ This would be delicious after one of your weekends of skiing! BTW, I have a Mexican chilli recipe that calls for chocolate. Ever heard of that? I've never had Mexican potato soup... sounds very interesting.

    NC~ We have soup nights every week during Lent, but throughout the winter is a great idea. I might have to do that...

    Bethany~ No sour cream in Tibet??? How terrible! :0

  9. Love your Christmas banner!!!

    Trying the recipe this evening during the AU/SC game....It will keep my mind occupied in case AU doesn't play up to its potential...

    Lug, Mug

  10. Yes....I'm eating your War Eagle soup as we "speak":)..............Speaking of WAR EAGLE....Go check out my War Eagle tree on my latest post:)

  11. ....The soup is WAHN-DA-FUL, by the way:)

  12. i made this soup for dinner tonight! ben was sick & was craving soup too.... it was DELICIOUS!!!!!!


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